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Children playing by the willow scultpure.

Kate Travis in the Garden

Kate Travis (Board of Directors) and her husband Frost have lived in Ithaca since 2007 and have two boys. Her interests are anything to do with kids, the arts, education, food and cooking, and the Ithaca community. The following is her Garden story. My friend

Talking to Children about Race & Racism

In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. - Angela Davis Ithaca Children’s Garden is committed to being an anti-racist organization, where all children are welcome to play in nature. We recognize that ICG’s mission–to connect children to

How Does Summer Camp Registration Work?

As a working parent of three school-age children I’m all too familiar with the summer child-care shuffle.  I’m not one to wing it in this department so there is a spreadsheet and calendar and 16 tabs open on my laptop.  There is a sticky note

Small child spraying snow with colored water.

Flashback February with Playful Nature Explorers

As our staff gear up for Playful Nature Explorers’ return March 1st, we’ve been busy onboarding our new educators, Kelsey Brewster and Jason McClevish. An unexpected delight of orienting new staff for an ICG signature program is revisiting past years’ adventures.  We’ve been exploring old

The feisty children playing in HONAZ

Summer Camp 2021

Here we are, deep in February snow and dreaming of summer camp at Ithaca Children’s Garden. It’s a familiar feeling.  It’s what we’ve done every February for the last 9 years. This year however, that dreaming is just a little sweeter.  So much has changed

Author Carolyn Finney

A Conversation with Carolyn Finney

2020 Vision, A Black Walden Pond & Other Musings Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm Virtual Event, free; Author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors,” Dr. Carolyn Finney, shared her work on African Americans and environmental

Several different colored hibiscus on the same shrub

Ask Me Anything! Grafting with Ken Mudge

Join us online for the return of our fascinating Ask Me Anything! series on Thursday, February 18th at 1pm, where Professor Ken Mudge will explain and demonstrate grafting. Red or yellow apples, which do you prefer? Would you believe if someone told you there could be

Small child holding a broken umbrella in front of the honaz tube.

Playful Nature Explorers Returns this Spring

Most mornings, if you visit Ithaca Children’s Garden, you’ll see a group of preschoolers, 2.5-6 year olds, wind-swept and a little muddy, deep in play and exploration. Often, I’m at the Garden for another reason entirely but the first thing I look for is Playful

Small child making potpourri

DIY Cozy Winter Potpourri

Freshen up your indoor air with Winter Potpourri – let our Outreach Educator, Lauren show you how! Go for a walk and gather some branches from evergreen trees.  In our family, we always ask the tree’s permission first.  This is a fun opportunity to seek