Enabling Garden hosts ‘Children’s Art in the Garden’ July 20

Art projects from past childrens art events.

Altoona, IA (July 14, 2021) – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Polk County and the Altoona Enabling Garden will host the Children’s’ Art in the Garden Tuesday, July 20 from 6-8 p.m. and will feature nine art and crafts stations. New to the event this year will be a music station where children will use percussion instruments and a StoryWalk® where attendees can walk through the garden and read a book called The Color Monster by Anna Llenas. For families and children unable to make the art event, the StoryWalk® will remain available for the remainder of the week.
 
“At ISU Extension in Polk County we have a whole team dedicated to the health and wellbeing of Iowans. We appreciate our partnership with the Polk County Master Gardeners where we were able leverage their great event to include the StoryWalk®,” said Michelle Schott, Family Life Extension Educator at ISU Extension in Polk County.
 
For the last nine months ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County has made an intentional effort to engage and encourage Iowans to address their mental health. They have done this by providing research-based information and resources, through a variety programs, and including conversations on mental health during events.
 
“The StoryWalk® will allow families to incorporate literacy practices in a fun way, as well as encourage adults to have a kid-friendly conversation about mental health. The Color Monster is a book about emotions and is an easy way to help kids understand their feelings and how to sort through them,” said Schott.
 
The Polk County Master Gardeners have hosted the Children’s’ Art in the Garden event for multiple years. The volunteers who maintain this garden prioritize accessible gardening practices like paved paths, raised beds, and vertical plantings.
 
“This annual event is a great opportunity to showcase the hard work of the Master Gardeners and their dedication to making the Enabling Garden an approachable place for everyone,” said Kalsa Parker Browning, Natural Resources Program Coordinator at ISU Extension in Polk County. “Between the arts and craft stations and the StoryWalk®, guests will see how gardening can be accessible for individuals of all ages and abilities.”
 
Admission to the Children’s’ Art in the Garden event is free with donations accepted to support the work of the Enabling Garden.The Enabling Garden is located at 1050 1st Ave. S, Altoona, Iowa 50009, southeast of the Hy-Vee loading dock. For more information about this event or the many other programs and resources offered through ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County, visit extension.iastate.edu/polk or call (515) 957-5760.
 
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About Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County
For over 100 years ISU Extension in Polk County has provided locally relevant research-based information and programs for people of all ages to engage in a variety of learning experiences. These educational experiences fall under four program areas:

  • 4-H and youth development
  • health and well-being
  • agriculture and natural resources; and
  • community and economic development

 
About the Polk County Master Gardeners and Altoona Enabling Garden
The mission of the Altoona Enabling Garden is to demonstrate ways gardens can accommodate people with all abilities, allowing everyone to share in the beauty of nature and the joy of gardening. The garden is designed for ease of movement and accessibility with paved paths, raised beds and vertical plantings. It is maintained by a group of Polk County Master Gardeners, who have received horticultural training through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County and by local volunteers.

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