Connecting Kids to Our Precious Earth

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – The Delray Beach Children’s Garden will hold its grand opening celebration on Jan. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A brand new gem in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, located at 137 Southwest Second Avenue, is an oasis of tropical splendor built not only with the help of civic leaders, landscape designers and horticulturalists, but with the aid of children and neighbors in the community that will frequent it. A spinoff of the nonprofit Auroras Voice, the garden’s mission is to nurture eco-consciousness in children through education, exploration and play in nature. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church leased the half-acre property to the nonprofit for $10 a year. A year in the making, the Delray Beach Children’s Garden aspires to provide hands-on experiences, creating a sense of community and a future generation of earth stewards. Children of all economic and cultural backgrounds and ability groups are welcome. The garden features a Banana Forest, an Aquaponics Learning Center, Seminole Chickee Hut Educational Pavilion, a Storytelling Corner, a Veggie-box Labyrinth, Pollinator Beds, a Reading Tree Fountain, a Medicine Room, Compost Center, a Sunflower House and a Bean Pole Tee Pee. The hope is that children will embrace the natural world around them and it will motivate them to take care of it as they grow. The garden will offer year-round educational programming, including storytelling, nature crafts, cooking classes, garden workshops and music in the Simon- Grass River Pavilion, named for Sandy Simon and the Grass River Garden Club that generously co-funded this outdoor classroom. The Grand Opening Celebration is free to the community and will include an exhibit from the Glades to Coast chapter of Slow Foods of America, a food demo by local chef, Antonio, make and take nature crafts, live children’s music, an eco-magic show, complementary lunch and dessert featuring Inika Foods and other local establishments. Donations are encouraged and memberships are available.