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Kiwanis Learning Garden was built by Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque in 1998 to inspire in New Mexican families a love of nature. It was later expanded by the NM Museum of Natural History & Science to be a picnic spot. Since May 2013, families have gathered once a week to be its caretakers, exploring the outdoor space, planning how to plant and create a garden that is for animals, humans and plants. See more background about this important part of the museum here.
Ways you can experience the garden. . .
Kiwanis Garden Discovery Hour for Preschools -- Wednesday mornings
Provide the children in your preK program with a visit to the garden classroom. Explore a wildlife habitat garden planned by children and their families from the Family Stewardship Collaborative (see below).
Thanks to Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque, longtime community supporter of children through built outdoor environments, preK classrooms may visit free of charge on Wednesday mornings.
Let us give you time to explore bugs, dig worms, water plants, search for shelters, sow seedlings, collect building materials, sing songs -- discover together in a garden classroom. Themes vary according to season. An outline of the time will be emailed to the teacher of each participating classroom.
If you would like to schedule a visit, please email CC firstname.lastname@example.org to see which available Wednesday is available. Morning arrival times are flexible: 9, 9:30, or 10 a.m.. One adult per 5 children is required. Please bring your own snack or lunch, have children wear hats and sunscreen. Water provided. Each participant gets a take home packet.
Kiwanis International - Improving the World One Child at a Time.
Garden Workshops for Families – Spring & Fall
Garden Workshops for Families provide opportunities for families with children ages 4 to 12 to explore biology, garden practices, soil science, water in the desert, and much more in an outdoor garden setting. This program is hands-on and encourages independent exploration; this is a STEAM program, incorporating creative art, music, poetry with science discovery. Included is a healthy, theme-based snack and a take home packet.
Prickly Pear Family Workshop
Saturday, October 14 10:00 am—Noon
Discover the Fall Garden with your child – Prickly Pear Harvest, Garlic Planting, Windmill Workings, Why Worms, Mulching Manners, and more!
$15 per child & 2 adults
$25 for 2 or 3 children & 2 adults – Limited to 20 families.
Family Stewardship Collaborative
Kiwanis Learning Garden Family Afterschool Program is a project of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Education Department. It was envisioned with help from The New Mexico Wonder of Learning Collaborative.
When We Meet On first Tuesday of the month and third Wednesday of the month from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm (School Year) 8:30-11:00 am (Summer)
One Sunday a month 3:30-5:30 "Garden Gathering for Maintenance"
Coordinator: Cirrelda Snider (505) 948-1615; email@example.com
Joining Membership is limited to 8 families. If you would like to join the Afterschool Family Stewardship Collaborative, please contact the Garden Coordinator to be put on waiting list. A sliding fee of $20-50 every 6 months is required and a commitment to contribute your ideas, skills, and time is what makes it work. Please contact our Garden Projects Coordinator: Cirrelda Snider at (505) 948-1615 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
COMING SPRING 2018:
In-House Garden Programs
For K-5 classrooms, home school groups, and play groups. Check out the garden opportunities that you and your will be able to enjoy!