Community and Educational Gardens

Gardening is a powerful teaching tool that inspires environmental and nutritional knowledge in children. Gardens engage students by providing a dynamic environment for them to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. The garden is a living laboratory where children draw lessons from experiences instead of textbooks or computers. Gardens help kids connect to each other, to their food, and to themselves. Gardens provide a place of refuge, a place to slow down, disconnect from the electronic world and have hands-on experiences with the natural world.  
For years, LRCD had led the way in gardening education in our community. Raised bed gardens can now be found at K-12 schools and in the summer, the LaBonte Park Outdoor Learning Center provides a fantastic space for more hands-on learning.


This popular program runs at various times throughout the summer. Kids find out how to grow a successful garden in Laramie's challenging climate, learn about common vegetables that they usually buy from the store, and have opportunities to try vegetables that they are unfamiliar with. Each summer the Kids Garden Club harvests vegetables and herbs that they donate to the local Laramie Soup Kitchen and learn that they are able to make a positive difference in the lives of others within their community. For more information about this program, contact Trish Penny at 307.223.3277 or

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