LAKEWOOD, WA – Thanks to a generous donation from the Pinkerton Family, Lakewold Gardens new youth program, Green Thumb Explorers, designed for children ages 8 to 12 (grades 3 through 5), with a series of workshops that promote an appreciation of the natural world. Timed with Lakewold’s 25th Anniversary celebration, the youth program is an important component within its educational goals and long-range strategic planning. Stephanie Walsh, Executive Director at the gardens notes, “a horticulturally-based youth program at the gardens has been a longtime goal at Lakewold. We are excited to have partnered with a donor that believes strongly in the positive impact that Lakewold can have on our next generation of gardeners.”
The program will launch on Saturday, May 10th, during Lakewold’s annual MayFest, featuring a booth with workshop information, registration materials, and a craft station with hands-on projects for the kids. Three Saturday workshops will be offered during the summer series: June 21, July 19 and August 16, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Thereafter, a year-round series of workshops will begin in October. Each session will consist of a dedicated lesson, outdoor activity time with a light snack, and a related craft project that children can take home. Limited to 15 children per workshop, donations to the program will be accepted in lieu of fee. For more information about the youth program or its volunteer opportunities, contact Pam Felts, Youth Program Manager, at email@example.com.
From soil, seeds and harvest to garden wildlife, from preservation and protection of the environment to a deeper understanding of nature, workshop topics will vary but be focused and relevant. As a historic garden estate first developed over 100 years ago, Lakewold Gardens provides a unique setting in which children can explore and discover how important plants, gardens and nature are in today’s world!
Planting a seed in the ground plants a seed in the heart . . .
Lakewold Gardens is located at 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, in Lakewood, Washington. Open to the public, admission is $9.00 (general), $6.00 (seniors, students, military), with children under 12 and members of Lakewold free.