Children’s Garden

Growing Gardeners Since 2004

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. –Audrey Hepburn

Since 2004, Riveredge has featured a sustainable garden for children.  Everything from asparagus to zucchini is grown in a small area.  The garden is the focus of Garden Exploration school field trips, serves as an outdoor lab for a variety of other nature sensitizing programs, and is the home base for four Garden Wonders summer camps for children aged 6-12.

a young child wearing a baseball hat in a garden digging in the dirt

From planting seeds to decomposition, children can witness the garden’s lifecycle in all seasons.

The garden is a magical place for children. They use their imaginations, playing hide-and-seek, spying on frogs in the garden pond and insects on the garden flowers. 

Ecologically Friendly Gardening Creates Healthy Foods

Crop rotations are implemented to maintain the soil’s health and prolificacy. Natural fertilizer and homegrown compost ensure an abundance of healthy, nutrient-rich crops for the children to harvest and taste!

Summer Camp Harvest

A diverse variety of produce is enjoyed by the summer campers. At the end of each garden camp session, the campers put on a farmer’s market for their parents, staff, and other camp groups. Here the children learn bartering skills while also sharing the produce they’ve diligently cared for.

The Garden Intern

The Garden Intern is a special team member who makes the busy growing season a success. They work with the Riveredge staff and volunteers to develop and maintain the garden, outdoor kitchen, and permaculture farm for use by the summer camps and other educational groups.

The Garden Intern creates and implements meaningful environmental educational activities for summer campers, including co-teaching 4, week-long garden-focused summer camp sessions.

Photos of the garden

Stone Garden Art
Summer Harvest
Children carrying large zucchinis
Insect Collection
two people planting seeds in a garden
Gardening by Garden Interns
  • Volunteer in the Children’s Garden!

    Do you like working outdoors and getting your hands dirty? Wanna learn more about growing food? Volunteer in the garden!

    Apply Here!
  • Permaculture Garden Educator Intern

    Interested in working with the Riveredge Team in the Children’s Garden in an impactful way? Apply for an internship!

    Apply Here!

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