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ICG@Home

ICG coming to you.

The well-being of children and families is the heart of ICG’s purpose. The pandemic inspired us to share some of our favorite ways for you to connect to nature from home. We are pleased to continue making these resources, activities, and perspectives available for you to do. We hope ICG@Home helps you stay connected to community and grounded in nature from wherever you are in the world.

Mud Week

Since we are unable to celebrate International Mud Day in the Garden on Saturday, June 27, we’re rolling out Mud Week – a whole week of muddy activities to bring your family a mud-tastic celebration of nature! Every day from Saturday, June 27 through Friday, July 3 we’ll share a new muddy activity.

Container Garden Activities

This past Saturday, June 6, 120 container garden kits were distributed to the Ithaca City School District students enrolled in the Farm to Table program. See here for tips on gardening with your kit and extension activities!

Worms!

Not only are worms wiggly and cute, but they are also SUPER useful to keep around the house! Worms will eat your food scraps and produce rich, beautiful compost that is amazingly healthy good for plants.

Community Grows: Indoor Gardening & Plant Science

Stay connected to nature and provide food for your family with these indoor veggie growing activities and resources!

Ask Me Anything!

Every Wednesday from 1-1:30 pm, ICG hosts a live Ask Me Anything! Zoom session with special expert guests to answer all your family’s questions about gardening, growing, plant science, connecting to nature, play, and more!

Fairy Houses & Creativity with Nature

Spring is a magical time when fairies visit the human world often and we can invite them into our yards, gardens, and neighborhoods by creating homes and gifts for them! See here for activities where all you’ll need are the natural materials around you.

Community Grows: Houseplants

I imagine this won’t be a surprise to you, but here at ICG, we love plants. Yet some of us might be feeling that our opportunities to connect with plants outside might be more limited right now. Good news – growing houseplants is an easy way to bring the wonders of the plant kingdom into your home. Check out these tips, resources, and activities to grow houseplants with your family.

ICG in Bloom

Missing the Garden? Take a virtual tour of the Garden with our ICG in Bloom videos! We hope these videos serve as a reminder that while home, we are together, and nature’s beauty is unfolding all around us like a warm spring hug.

Rock Activities

Collecting, sorting, painting, stacking, building, and more. The ICG Team shares all the creative and engaging activities you can do with the most accessible of materials – rocks!

Connecting with Animals

Just because our access to the outdoors is limited, doesn’t mean we can’t connect with and learn from animals… right from home!

On Your Walk

Activities to bring learning and play to your walks in your neighborhood and nearby nature.

Mindfulness Activities

Connecting with nature can help all of us, and especially children, manage stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness – all effects of social isolation.

From the Kitchen

Have a budding chef in your family? Check out these kids food making activities.