Rutgers Gardens Hosts Programs for Families and Children: Growing Food, Our Natural World and Outdoor Fun

Rutgers Gardens summer programs

“Planet Plant It – Exploring Flora of the World” is this year’s garden theme for Rutgers Gardens’ 2013 family and children’s programs beginning next month.

Campers, Family Garden Club members and tour groups can learn about selecting, growing and preparing fruits and vegetables from various world cultures. Explorations of the gardens will be a “world tour” of plants from all over the planet.

Located near the Cook Campus in New Brunswick, the Rutgers Gardens comprise diverse botanical environments open year-round, free to the public. The Gardens’ 180 acres of maintained and natural areas includes plants from around the world, beautiful garden settings with gazebos and water features, annual flower and vegetable gardens, 70 acres of woodlands and a unique bamboo grove.

Registration is now open for the following programs:

Family Garden Club – Saturdays – April 20, May 18, June 1 and June 8
These classes provide an opportunity for families to spend time together learning how to start and nurture a vegetable garden at home. Activities in the greenhouses and vegetable gardens are designed to enable adults and children to explore and learn together, and to pot their own plants to take home.

Summer Exploration Camp – June 26-July 2 or July 15-19
For children interested in exploring the natural world, its flora and fauna, and growing food, this week-long day camp offers a wide variety of activities including vegetable gardening, garden arts, and water exploration.

Group Exploration Programs - available Monday through Friday, April through October
Rutgers Gardens offers customized educational programs for children’s groups that include a choice of educational focus or an exploration of the Gardens’ diversity that allows children to make their own discoveries about the natural world.

For additional information about these programs and to register.  visit rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/childrensprograms.htm

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