An Inspirational Experience

Youth Program

The Pinkerton FamilyYouth Program

With generous funding from the Pinkerton family in early 2013, Lakewold is realizing a long-held dream of establishing a Youth Program, to serve children and their families throughout the South Sound.  In June, 2014, we kicked off the program with monthly workshops focusing on the wonders of the natural world.  Our annual Community Kids Day, held the third Saturday of September each year, draws hundreds of children and their families for a day of fun activities with a variety of community organizations, and a chance to explore the gardens in a festive atmosphere.  We recently added youth tours to our slate of touring options, with visits from students and Scouting groups.  The following information provides details about Green Thumb Explorers and our monthly workshops, along with a link for complete Registration information.

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Green Thumb Explorers is a program designed to engage and inspire children, offering a variety of topics relevant to today’s world.  From seeds, soil and harvest to garden wildlife, from preservation and protection of the environment to a deeper understanding of nature, each Saturday workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn, explore Lakewold, and work in the Children’s Garden.

Registration is open for children between the ages of 7 and 12, entering grades 2 through 6 in Fall, 2016.  Saturday workshops begin at 10:00am and last until 12:30 pm, and consist of a dedicated lesson, a related hands-on project and time outdoors (weather permitting), including a light snack and short break.  Workshops in late spring and throughout summer include work in the Children’s Garden, where Explorers plant seeds, learn what makes a garden grow, and delight in bountiful harvests. Limited to 15 children per session, our workshops are a great place to discover the excitement of planting and growing a garden, birds in our backyards, and the world outside of laptops and cellphones! Until further notice, cost continues on a pay-what-you-can or donation basis. Click here for Workshop Details and the corresponding Registration form.

As the Youth Program develops, we look forward to engaging program speakers and volunteers who bring their enthusiasm and knowledge to our big, bright classroom and into the gardens where kids have played, explored and roamed for nearly 100 years.  Lakewold feels a deep commitment to engage future generations of gardeners by offering a safe and unique venue in which to experience the beauty and fun that gardening brings to our lives.

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Lakewold Gardens
12317 Gravelly Lk Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Fax 253.584.3021
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 39780
Lakewood, WA 98496