In a world where screen time has become the norm, outdoor classrooms provide a  refreshing learning environment. A garden is a great example of an outdoor classroom and offers much more than flowers and vegetables. People of all ages can learn lessons in patience, cooperation, conservation, decision making, and ownership. Gardening is a good way to spend family time and can help relieve stress.

With summer approaching, University of IL Extension Master Gardeners have teamed up with the Danville Public Library for a well-timed program, ‘Gardening with Youth’. This virtual program is a wonderful opportunity to discover ways to engage youth in gardening all year. Master Gardener’s Lisa Abdelghani and Nancy Huff oversee the Children’s Wonder Garden and the Children’s Garden Club at the library. The DPL Children’s Wonder Garden in a certified Pollinator Pocket, Monarch Waystation, and National Wildlife Habitat and provides the perfect outdoor classroom for adults and children.

Lisa and Nancy focus on connecting families through gardening. Children and their adult caregivers learn all aspects of gardening and awareness of nature through hands-on activities. Attendees will also learn ideas on how to create an aesthetically pleasing, earth-friendly small garden. 

The program will be presented on Tuesday, May 18 at 6 pm as a live Zoom Webinar. Zoom link and handouts will be emailed to those who register by midnight on May 16.

There is no charge to attend this presentation, however, attendees must register here to receive any handouts and a zoom link.

Please call the Vermilion County Extension Office 217-442-8615 for more information.

Registration closes at midnight on May 16. Zoom Link will be sent out on May 17.

You will need a Zoom account to join using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Participants can call in by phone but will not have video.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please call the Extension Office. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.