Gift a Garden Lesson!

As you dedicated blog followers know, the garden lessons GROW offers at schools in La Crosse and La Crescent allow children to learn about healthy foods and connects them to their environment. GROW strives to set every child up for a healthy life. Our garden lessons introduce students to new fresh garden vegetables, teaching them the parts of plants and their benefits, how to harvest them, and different ways to eat them. Our hands-on approach to teaching garden lessons makes students excited to come to lessons and be able to harvest their own vegetables to taste. 

GROW has recently started the ‘Gift a Garden Lesson’ fundraiser to provide these students with garden lessons and taste tests in the GROW gardens at their schools. With this fundraiser we hope to provide 1,650 children with 5 to 6 garden lessons each this upcoming year. A donation of $8 provides 2 children a garden lesson and $36 provides a child with a years worth of garden lessons. To donate click on the picture below!

La Crescent Garden Update

One of our newer school gardens in located at La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School. The garden is flourishing and lessons have been off to a great start for the school year! Students are always excited to get their hands dirty exploring and helping out in the garden. Our Program Director for La Crescent-Hokah, Susan Oddsen has been doing a wonderful job familiarizing students with gardening and teaching them how to identify and harvest different vegetables. For their first garden lesson, students were able to pick their own garden veggies for the class to pickle and taste. Students are currently learning the different parts of vegetables, what their benefits are, and what parts they can eat.

Ms. Susan teaching students how to preserve veggies

Students looking for veggies to pickle

Nature Connections Guidebook

Interested in finding new trails, parks, and nature reserves in La Crosse to explore? The Nature Connections program of the La Crosse County Health Department has put together an interactive guidebook to finding La Crosse’s outdoor areas. The website is easy to use and contains an interactive map, a list of trails, and a list of parks complete with pictures. Plan your next family picnic at a new park or try a new bike trail by checking out their website here!