Children's Garden at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
The quarter-acre Children’s Garden at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden (SLOBG) is located on the central coast of California. The Children’s Garden is nestled on 150 acres of SLOBG leased land, and was planted in 2009 as a place for families to learn easy ways of growing food and connecting with nature. The Garden is free and open to the public for visitation 365 days a year. The Garden serves both rural and urban residents as an educational setting. The Children’s Garden is a resource for the local community and families to learn about edible landscaping, seasonal gardening, drought-tolerant plants, and garden fresh cooking. We host school tours for preschool through college age classes and community groups. The garden is maintained by a group of volunteers and community members.
The goal of the Children’s Garden is to connect people to nature through experiencing the important role plants play in our lives. Educational programs take place in the Children’s Garden, including our Garden Fresh Cooking Classes where families participate in planting, harvesting and cooking a four course seasonal meal. The Children’s Garden is an essential part of SLOBG’s summer camp program. Campers range in age from 6-12 years old, and they spend almost a full day in the Garden, learning about ecology and the necessity of plants.
Our grant request is to fund the expansion and enhancement of the children’s hands-on planting and harvest areas of the Children’s Garden.
Our goals for 2014 are to continue educational outreach aimed at children, families, and anyone interested in organic gardening by providing programs and tours in the Children’s Garden.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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