Gardening camps offer youth a chance to grow all summer long
By Francie Szostak, Wellspring Education Coordinator
Now that we’re about halfway through summer vacation, are looking for something fun and educational for your kids? Check out the summer gardening camp options below, and give your family the chance to participate in gardening and learn more about local food.
Research has continuously proven children’s exposure and interaction with gardening increases their willingness to consume fruits and vegetables. Locally, Cedarburg, Grafton and Port Washington School Districts believe in this idea and have begun incorporating school gardens, farm visits, and monthly fresh, produce tastings in cafeterias for students.
As the summer months slip away, youth interaction with gardening still has the opportunity to blossom. Ozaukee County is located in a hub of gardening and local food activity, and many organizations provide summer gardening programs for youth.
Gardening Summer Camps at Wellspring Organic Farm and Education Center – Youth learn practical gardening skills while experiencing how plants grow and connecting with where our food comes from. Ages 6-11 learn about insects, vegetables, flowers, soil and worms while playing games and tasting fresh produce from the gar-den! Ages 12-17 learn business planning skills through organic gardening. Raise a crop and at sell at a local farmers market!― Visit the Wellspring website or call 847-946-556 for more details and to register.
Summer Camps at Riveredge Nature Center ―Through stories, songs and outdoor adventures, we’ll discover the garden, Woodland Harvest permaculture site and other Riveredge plant communities and the animals that depend on them.‖ Ages 6-8 and 7-10. Visit the Riveredge Nature Center website for more details and to register.
This article has been reprinted with permission from the Ozaukee Living Local newsletter.