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DATE: March 30, 2006

Hands-on gardening programs for children

DEARBORN---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, composting 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 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: May 25, June 8, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 22, which is Harvest Day.

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

"Sprouts" will meet from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: May 23, June 6, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22, which is Harvest Day.

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.
To register, or for more information, call Cassidy at (248) 207-3351.

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