National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

American Horticultural Society 2011 National Children & Youth Garden SymposiumFrom the American Horticultural Society website:

Gardens provide endless opportunities for unleashing kids’ creative sides while also helping them learn about the world around them. Discover innovative ways to mine this potential at the 2011 Symposium, where we will dig into both the art and science of gardening (spade not required).

This year’s Symposium hosts also reflect this theme, bringing together the educational resources of 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University and the artistry of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. They will provide the perfect location for you to pick up new tools, resources, activities, skills, and inspiration to take back to the youth in your communities and schools.

Come learn how to create and use gardens to provide dynamic environments for experimentation, social engagement, self-expression, and connection to the natural world. Hear from students, their teachers, and national experts about the vital role gardens can play in the lives of today’s youth.

As a symposium attendee you will:

  • Participate in the only national symposium that explores the positive impact of gardens in the lives of children and youth;
  • Meet and learn from leading youth garden experts;
  • Receive useful and relevant project, curriculum, design and garden management ideas;
  • Explore the gardens and programs of the Symposium hosts;
  • Participate in 3 dynamic days of workshops, lectures, poster sessions and field trips; and
  • Network and share your own expertise with children’s gardening advocates from across the nation.

Hosted by 4-H Children’s Garden at Michigan State University and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

See the American Horticultural Society website for more details.