NGA Articles: (NGM MAR 2010) Fun Youth Activities in the Garden

(NGM MAR 2010) Fun Youth Activities in the Garden

By: Michael Metallo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Michael Metallo
President
National Gardening Association
(802) 863-5251, ext. 123
e-mail: mikem@garden.org

South Burlington, VT (March 19, 2010) – National Gardening Association (NGA) wants you to think GREEN this SPRING — NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH® (NGM) 2010 is here, and for many the spring planting season marks the beginning of a growing season filled with beautiful blooms and yummy edibles! "No activity holds more value for young people than the gardening experience," says Mike Metallo, President of National Gardening and KidsGardening.Org. "Our APRIL STORYLINE will help gardeners of any age engage youth in gardening activities, not only during this month-long garden celebration in April but also throughout the growing season."

Youth gardening is more popular than ever! The reasons are clear and simple. Kids learn best by doing. When young people garden, they perform better in school, they learn social skills, gain confidence, build self-esteem, get exercise, and acquire improved attitudes towards healthy food and the environment. However, getting kids to work in the garden may be a challenge. Sometimes you have to be creative in how you engage children in the garden!

Making gardening a game is a sure-fire way to gain children's interest. Think of things young kids like to do, such as digging, building, decorating, and exploring. Remember those activities when you're planning garden time with your youngster. You may not get as much actual work done as you'd like, but by using a little ingenuity you'll get your child into the garden, inspire him or her to investigate the wonder of nature, and in the process, nurture a love for a greener life.

For the complete April storyline, and to download a photo, visit www.nationalgardenmonth.org.

About the National Gardening Association:
The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1973, is a national nonprofit leader in plant-based education. NGA offers the Web's largest and most respected array of online gardening content, serving a broad audience of consumers. The organization acts as an interactive hub supporting the needs of gardening novices and experts alike, as well as providing educators with curricula, publications, grants, and professional development tools. Visit www.garden.org and www.kidsgardening.org and open your eyes to a world of lifestyle and learning possibilities through gardening.



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