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Garden Programs

 

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 each month: Soil - February & November; Seeds - March & October; Pollination - April & September; Photosynthesis & Water - May & August. An outline of the program will be emailed to the teacher who registers.

If you would like to schedule a visit, please email CC cirrelda.snider@state.nm.us to see which available Wednesday is available. Morning arrival times are flexible: 9, 9:30, or 10 a.m.. Extra adults are always welcome. Please have children wear hats and sunscreen. Bring your own lunch to eat after program! Water and light snack provided. Each participant gets a Take Home packet.

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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

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.

Seedlings Garden Workshop

Saturday, April 21 10:00 am—Noon

Celebrate Earth Day with your children in the Learning Garden – How to Thin, Soil Tests, Seed Balls, Test Your Seed IQ, and more!

$15 per family - limited to 12 families.

Preregistration required at: Email this registration form to Cirrelda.snider@state.nm.us
or call 505 948-1615


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; cirrelda.snider@state.nm.us

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 cirrelda.snider@state.nm.us for more information.


COMING FEBRUARY 2018:

In-House Garden Programs

For K-5 classrooms, home school groups, and play groups. Check out the garden opportunities that you and your group will be able to enjoy! Selected activities will change depending on age of group.

Discover Soil – February and November
Sink your hands into soil to learn about its amazing function on our planet. Explore our ‘Worm Farm,’ conduct ‘Soil Tests’ you can take back to your playground, process with ‘Life in Soil Art,’ think through the ‘Soil is a Filter’ experiment.

Discover Seeds – March and October
Seeds hold the future of a plant inside. By creating ‘Seed Balls’ and ‘Newspaper Pots,’ students learn ways to start a new plant’s life. By ‘Planting Cool or Warm Season Seeds to Take Home’ we learn about different plants’ needs. ‘Flowers are Seed Factories’ explains germination.  Process and expand through ‘Seed Art.’

Discover Pollination – April and September
Plants need animals! We make ‘Insect Hotels,’ ‘Paint a Water Dish,’ ‘Make Bird Feeders’ to support the wildlife that supports plants. With a ‘Hunt for Flower Shapes’ (seasonal activity), we discover the ways plants attract different types of pollinators.

Discover Photosynthesis  – May and August
Plants create their own food, making our planet unique. We make a leaf to know its ‘Leaf Anatomy’ and where and how the food gets made.  ‘How Plants Drink & Breathe’ experiments reveal plants’ processes. ‘Wind Power’ tunes us in to air, and helps us understand the windmill in the garden.  ‘Watering with Ollas’ shows ways we can reuse plastic containers to help get water to the roots.

Discover Garden Practices – vary by month
Spend your garden time in the acts that keep plants healthy and thriving: ‘Composting,’ ‘Mulching,’ ‘Watering.’ Begin your ‘Garden Notebook’ with observations on plant size and bug life. Experience our ‘Herb Garden’ with all your senses. Use ‘Soil Tests’ on our soil, to learn how to test your own. In the Fall, spend time harvesting and processing Prickly Pear that grows in the garden.

 

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