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Summer doldrums? What summer doldrums?

                Summer has traditionally been a time of relative little activity in the Youth Education Department at MBG. School is out, so booking for field trips and in-school programs tends to drop a bit. But not so this year, according to Kristen Zemaitis, Youth Education Manager: "I just booked three more classes for this week," she tells me on an already busy Tuesday morning. It can be a wonderful break for daycare centers, camps and youth organizations to come out and experience nature during this vibrant season. "[One group] will be here for three hours," says Zemaitis, as its young people take part in various classes, tour the grounds, and picnic. Groups may vary in size from as little as 10 students to more than 150.

                 Some of MBG's most popular classes include "Jungle Journey," in which participants tour our tropical greenhouse and taste food that comes from the rainforest; "Art of Japan," which focuses on the cultural and botanical aspects of our Japanese Garden of Tranquility; and "Healthy Gardens, Healthy You!," a hands-on, health-centered gardening experience that takes place in My Big Backyard. Each class is tailored to meet the comprehension level of the group, which may include ages from pre-k through grade six as well as those with special needs.

                 From setting up learning spaces and gathering materials to nurturing the seedlings that will become souvenir plantings, it takes a veritable army of instructors and staff to make each program possible. But it is worth every bit of effort to witness the awe and inspiration on the kids' faces, many of which may have never set foot in such a huge, green space. So we are thankful for every group that decides to get out of the classroom and into the garden; and we are SUPER thankful for the people that work so hard to bring them a truly unique encounter with nature!

Posted by Drew Massengale at 1:18 PM


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