Children's Gardening Conference: Growing A Green Generation
By Beth Hogan, Child Study and Development Center
February 21, 2007
Early childhood educators, teachers, parents, and others who work with
young children will gather for the third annual Growing a Green Generation
conference, an all-day forum on gardening with children, Saturday, March
17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the UNH’s Child Study and Development
Packed with hands-on workshops led by early childhood teachers and plant
science educators, the conference will offer tips for stimulating young
children to learn and grow through year-round gardening experiences. The
intimate and interactive conference is an outgrowth of the nine-year collaboration
at UNH and the resulting Growing a Green Generation curriculum supported
through the Anna and Raymond Tuttle Environmental Horticulture Fund.
New Hampshire landscaper and permaculture expert Lauren Rowell-Chase will
be the keynote speaker and will share her experiences in using permaculture
methods in gardening with children. She will also address connecting children
to the outdoor environment.
Participants will learn from the experts during hands-on morning sessions
in the UNH Horticulture Research Greenhouses: UNH cooperative extension
educator Margaret Hagen will explain the use of charts and tables from
the Growing a Green Generation curriculum, extension program coordinator
Dot Perkins will focus on integrative pest management, and Rowell-Chase
will engage participants in the actual process of permaculture methods.
Afternoon workshops by CSDC early childhood teachers Diane Bertrand, Sarah
Leonard, Beth Hallett and extension educators include Gardening in an Urban
Environment; Gardening with Infants and Toddlers; and Creating a Community
Registration is $75 before March 1 and $85 after March 1. Fee includes
breakfast, lunch, all morning sessions, and two of the afternoon workshops.
To register or learn more about the conference, download a brochure at
http://horticulture.unh.edu/ggg.html, or call2-3200. For more information
on the Child Study and Development Center, go to http://csdc.unh.edu.