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April is Kids Garden Month

"What do you love about your garden?"

The hands-on experience of gardening has endless benefits for kids. But what gets kids hooked is that gardening is fun! To celebrate kids in the garden this April, we are asking kids to tell us what they love about their garden! Sharing food with your neighbors? Finding cool bugs? Being outside? We can’t wait to read, see, and hear kids’ answers!

Teachers, caregivers, and parents:  Send a photo, drawing, video, or other creative medium (really, the sky's the limit!) to KidsGardening on behalf of the kids you garden with. The kid(s) entry should tell what they love about their garden or gardening, whether it is tangible or intangible. Entries can be submitted by individuals, or by a class or group. Group entries can be a collaboration, or a collection of entries.

Contest Rules: KidsGardening asks kids (0-18) to submit photos, video, song, drawing, artwork, or words (essay, poem) about what grows in their garden. Creativity is encouraged. If you work with kids who aren't verbal or who don't write, an adult can caption their entry (or not). Entries must be submitted via the form below.

Each week we’ll choose a favorite entry to receive a prize package, and at the end of the month we’ll award two grand prize winners – one to an individual and one to a group or class. In addition, schools are eligible to win one of six $500 prizes to build or enhance their school garden.

Schools that wish to be eligible for the $500 award will additionally be asked to describe how they would use the award to build or enhance their school garden. You will be asked to include the school's EIN number. Any public, private, or charter school in the United States serving students grades K-12 may enter.

Submitting an entry gives KidsGardening.org permission to use the entry in the future. We welcome entries from around the world, but only U.S. entries will be considered for prizes.

The Kids Garden Month 2021 contest is open from April 1 - April 30, 2021.


 

Virtual School Garden Tour

Live Streamed Event April 27, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am PST
This event will bring hundreds of elementary schools across the country together in a virtual celebration by kids for kids to celebrate the power and promise of school gardens. From Hawaii to Washington, DC, visit and learn from seven school garden sites across the country. Lessons and activities to engage students and educators are available. Hosted by the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation and the School Garden Support Organization Network. Learn more!

Follow @sgsonetwork on Instagram and/or Twitter to learn about opportunities to win additional prizes.

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Prizes

Weekly prizes
Each week, KidsGardening judges will randomly select one favorite entry from the week to receive a weekly prize. Weekly awardees will be announced via social media on Tuesdays. (4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27). Weekly prizes will be comprised of seeds from American Meadows, $50 gift card from Breck's, and $100 gift card to Gardener's Supply Company.

Grand prizes
KidsGardening will select one individual grand prize winner, one group/class grand prize winner, and six school garden winners.

The individual grand prizes winner will receive a Mini Meadows book and wildflower seeds from American Meadows, $50 gift card from Breck's, $100 gift card to Gardener's Supply Company, gift card for rain gear from Hatley, and C-bites from Thriving Design.

The group or class grand prize winner will receive a Mini Meadows book, seed favors and wildflower seeds from American Meadows, $50 gift card from Breck's, $100 gift card to Gardener's Supply Company, a book package from KidsGardening, and C-bites from Thriving Design.

School gardens are also eligible to enter to win one of SIX $500 awards to enhance or begin their school garden, thanks to Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation.

Winners are at the sole discretion of KidsGardening. Grand prize winners will be announced 5/21/21.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Breck's logo, which includes a windmill and the words "Direct to you from Holland since 1818"


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