Clinton Twp., MI - Macomb County MSU Extension is inviting youth ages 5-12 to come spend the day at the Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H Community Garden in Warren.
A Day in the Garden is a weekly, daylong program where children will study basic gardening practices, learn about plant parts, plant needs and how to care for plants. Participants will also learn about the bigger picture of sustainability in food access, food safety and food preservation. Weather permitting, each day will begin with garden yoga and mindfulness techniques, followed by hands-on garden chores and lessons. After lunch, children will participate in planned activities, garden crafts and more.
The © National Association for the Education of Young Children says that outdoor play is essential for the healthy development of our youth. Research shows that youth display better physical and mental health, improved sleep, and cognitive, social, and emotional gains from participating in outdoor play.
“With today’s increasingly higher rates of obesity in our youth, MSU Extension is dedicated to providing opportunities for children to not only learn to have fun but to gain lifelong skills like growing their own food towards living a healthier life,” said Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H Program Coordinator Lizz Duran.
A Day in the Garden costs $10 per session and includes lunch and a snack. Participants will meet Tuesdays, July 11 through August 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue, Warren, Michigan. For more information and to register, visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/adayinthegarden2023.
What is 4-H? 4-H is the largest and oldest, free youth development organization in the nation. No matter where a youth lives, he or she can participate in 4-H. Some of the ways 4-H programs are available are:
- Club programs help youth explore a large variety of interest areas, from livestock to entrepreneurship, plants, the arts, career preparation and more.
- Special events like Exploration Days.
- In-school programming such as China Art that consists of ready-made lesson plans (curriculum) and educational kits for teachers.
- Online programs such as Adulting 101. Adulting 101 teaches teens helpful skills they will need as they transition to college and life on their own.
- Other in-person programs, such as the MSU Extension 4-H Teen Counselor Program, which offers students in grades 9-12 opportunities for volunteering in exchange for professional development, out of school educational opportunities.
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.