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Lower Columbia School Gardens - Successes, Challenges and Opportunities

Willapa Hills Audubon Society welcomes Ian Thompson, Director of Lower Columbia School Gardens, to share successes, challenges and opportunities of developing and sustaining school gardens at local middle and elementary schools.  Lower Columbia School Gardens is a local nonprofit (no government or school district funding) that is getting kids OUTSIDE digging in the mud, noticing, observing and learning about critters in the compost, pollinators at the flowers and whatever other natural life presents itself (see photos).

In the past year Lower Columbia School Gardens has engaged nearly 3,000 students in Cowlitz County in garden related activities.  Come hear how participating in planning, planting, weeding, watering, composting, harvesting, selling, cooking and eating actual vegetables (and fruit) impacts students and volunteers and fosters connection with nature.  

Where: Lower Columbia College Physical Science Building Room 102; Located next to the LCC 15th Ave parking lot in Longview, WA  

When: Thursday, April 17th from