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The Garden, A Master Teacher Talk – April 18th Portland Garden Club

The public is invited to an upcoming Portland Garden Club talk presented by Life Lab's Outreach Director John Fisher.

The Garden: A Master Teacher

Thursday, April 18 Social: 9:30 Program/Meeting: 10:15
Optional box lunch and workshop to follow program

Register at The Portland Garden Club

Taken from the Portland Garden Club….

We know that gardeners aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, and our May speaker, John Fisher, is going to show us some fun new ways to do just that. He is the Outreach Director and Garden Educator of Life Lab, a national leader in farm-and garden-based education located in Santa Cruz, California. Life Lab promotes experimental learning for all ages through children’s camps, field trips, videos, and youth and internship programs. Life Lab is well known for its unique teacher workshops. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience, Life Lab creates curricula and nationwide workshops for educators who wish to enhance garden-based learning.

In May of 2012 John Fisher and his co-author Whitney Cohen published The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids—101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun. This well-loved book is the antidote to television, video games and those dreaded words, “I’m bored.” 

John Fisher has also contributed to two other books, Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden and The Growing Classroom. He has spoken at the American Horticulture Society Youth Garden Symposium, the Eco-Farm Conference, the American Community Garden Association, the Hawaii School Garden Conference, and recently at the New Nordic Food Conference in Oslo, Norway, where he took on the subject of Garden Enhanced Nutrition. He has served as president of the California Farm Conference , on the advisory board of the National Gardening Association’s , and currently as the chair of the California School Garden Network’s advisory board.

As an additional treat while he’s visiting the Portland Garden Club, John is offering a hands-on workshop following his morning presentation. Promised activities include paper-pot making, seed saving, stone plant-markers, worm-bin bingo, and flower pounding. So, if you want to join the fun and discover new ways to entertain the children in your life, mark your calendar and plan to stay around after the program. Box lunches will be served between the program and the workshop to those who have pre-registered. Please sign up at the PGC office by April 11. 

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