Ithaca Childrens Garden
What is the Ithaca Children's Garden?
The Ithaca Children's Garden (ICG) is both a place and a program. Based in Ithaca, NY, ICG is building a three-acre public children's garden in Cass Park. In addition to growing the site, the ICG develops, implements, and evaluates a wide range of education programs for children, teens, and the community.
Founded in 1997, the Ithaca Children's garden is an independent 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization housed at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Mission & Objectives
The mission of the Ithaca Children's Garden is to create a unique and joyful garden environment designed to inspire, empower, and connect children and youth with the importance of plants and the natural world in their lives.
The Ithaca Children's Garden
Promotes an understanding of plants and the role they play in our daily lives...
Nurtures the wonder of a child's imagination...
Creates a community attraction that enriches the lives of residents with intergenerational programs and activities...
Provides a place of enrichment and delight for children of all ages...
Teaches horticulture skills and encourages artistic expression.
The Ithaca Children's Garden is an innovative grassroots effort to create exciting, interactive garden-based experiences with children of all ages. Garden programs are intergenerational and open to all. The Garden itself will be a beautiful place where local residents and visitors will explore the many ways in which plants enhance our lives. This unique garden will create a living venue for experiential learning, blending disciplines such as horticulture, art, literature, music, life skills, and science. Its diverse uses will include tours, workshops and special events, and it will foster an appreciation of the natural world, relaxation, reflection, and the wonder of discovery. Children, volunteers, mentors and youth apprentices will participate in garden development, maintenance, and ongoing educational programs.