gardening camp

Hanna Perkins’ Summer Gardening Camp is a four-week program for children age 3 through kindergarten-entry, with a parent or responsible adult. It provides mindfully structured time together while learning early concepts about science, nature and gardening.


  • All activities are conducted outside on the grounds of Hanna Perkins Center.
  • Meets 3:30-5 pm on Tuesdays (Wednesday is reserved as a replacement day in case of rain)
  • Session 1: June 22-July 13
  • Session 2: July 20-Aug. 10
  • $100/child per session
  • Registration open until June 16
  • COVID requirements will be reviewed prior to the first session


Laura Cyrocki
Director, Healthy Meals and Garden Programs

Kirsten Radivoyevitch
Hanna Perkins Early Childhood Education Specialist

 What to expect

A variety of play-based gardening activities each week, such as planting a sunflower hut, caring for an herb bed, harvesting vegetables, etc. 

Learning centers are located throughout the garden for students to explore 

All activities align with the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards for Preschool. 


Download the registration form below


Contact Education Director Noelle Marotta

What young children learn from gardening

Children seem to like getting their hands dirty, dropping tiny seeds into soil and watering them, and observing their slow, steady growth. Studies have demonstrated that gardening supports a young child’s physical and social development in the following ways:

  • gardeningGross and fine motor skills
  • Patience and delayed gratification
  • Respect for nature and living things
  • Healthy food and where it comes from
  • Curiosity and mastery of new skills

If you want to learn more, here’s brief article on the topic.