Summer gardening programs for children ages 4 to 9 begin May 17

March 28, 2008

DEARBORN / March 28, 2008---The Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is offering hands-on gardening programs for children ages 4 to 9 this summer.

In the “Sprouts” program, children ages 7 to 9 will sow and tend a garden plot. Other activities include gardening games, crafts, science experiments and a visit to the campus honeybee hives.

In the “Kinder-gardening” program, children ages 4 to 6 and their parents will share a common garden plot with other families and plant vegetables and flowers.

“Kinder-gardeners” will meet from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays from May 17 through Aug. 16.

“Sprouts” will meet from 10:45 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from May 17 through Aug. 16.

Both programs will end with a Harvest Day celebration, where participants will incorporate everything they learned during the planting season and eat some of the garden produce.

Carrie Cassidy, a UM-Dearborn student naturalist, will lead this year’s programs.

The fee for either program is $35 per child. Registration forms can be printed at http://www.umd.umich.edu/dept/na/kidsgarden.htm. Registration ends on May 5.

For more information, call the EIC at 313-593-5338.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn