Children are the stars of the Ithaca Children’s Garden, but the supporting cast includes all kinds of people, such as volunteers Lucy and Louis.
Connecting Kids to Nature
Everything we do at the Ithaca Children’s Garden is done with one goal in mind: To inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. We know the best way to do that is to get more children outside, with hands-on experiences, having fun in the natural world. Come visit and discover ICG for yourself. Bring your family and friends. Register your child for a program. Become a member, volunteer, or make a financial gift online. Together, we are better.
Video by Stephanie Khoury, as part of the Park Award for Photo Activism Project
"Playgrounds are great and equipment can be interesting, but places like the Children's Garden have the ability to connect children with nature and to do it in playful ways. Many times with formal gardens or arboretums, there are certain paths to go on and certain ways to interact with the plants, but what’s fun about the Children’s Garden is that there are all sorts of meandering secret places. It can be a little wilder and kids can feel free to get in there and pick a few flowers, pull some weeds, or go exploring through tall grasses. The Children's Garden is a place where families can say 'yes,' you can explore there, and just by its nature, the Garden beckons children to explore."– Rusty Keeler, author of Natural Playscapes and owner of EarthPlay
Upcoming at ICG
ICG is for the birds too! Visit our special place for yourself to see what the chirping is all about.
Find out how people, plants, and the natural world are connected by jumping into one of our fun and educational programs.
In partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County