Anyone Can Grow Food!

Our free "Growing Gardens" program for the whole family!

Our garden series returns this summer with some new and fun hands-on activities to help families learn how to grow and harvest their own fruits and vegetables. Our gardens are now located in the Dover Adventure Playground. Free with museum admission.

The museum’s gardens are officially part of NASA’s TEMPO Ozone Garden Network. TEMPO stands for “Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution.” The TEMPO instrument, which will launch sometime in 2019, is a geostationary ultraviolet/visible spectrometer, and will provide daylight measurements of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde and aerosols across North America, from Mexico City to Canada and from coast to coast. It will be the first space-based ultraviolet/visible light air quality spectrometer in geostationary orbit. The TEMPO mission will help scientists answer the question “how does air pollution impact global weather and climate.”

“Being a part of the TEMPO Ozone Garden Network means we have agreed to engage our young learners with hands-on activities and develop their citizen science skills, as well as gather information about ozone impact on our garden that we then share with the TEMPO Team at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,” shared Xanthi Gray, CMNH Education Director.

Planting & Tasting
Thursday, June 6 at 2pm

Help us plant vegetables and herbs in our museum gardens, sample some yummy veggies already growing, and learn about our new Ozone garden!

A Treat for the Birds
Thursday, June 27 at 11am

Make a treat for the birds to enjoy! Join us in the museum gardens to make a treat for our feathered friends!

Thursday, July 11 at 11am and 2pm

Explore and learn about the many herbs that we are growing and how those herbs and plants have been used for healing purposes over time. Make an herb sachet to take home with you!

Bug Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, July 25 at 11am and 2pm

Using magnifying glasses, help us identify and count the little critters who make an impact (good or bad) in our gardens!

Wheat Berry Grass
Thursday, August 1 at 2pm

Grow wheat berry grass and identify other plants growing in our museum gardens and even sample a few!

Ozone Glasses
Thursday, August 15 at 11am and 2pm

Create your own Ozone glasses and see what effect the ozone (air quality) has had on our plants! While in the gardens we will sample some vegetables already growing!

Harvest Time
Thursday, September 19 at 11am

We will talk about harvesting and putting our gardens to bed for the winter. We will also snack on the remaining goodies from the garden!

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