Offering monthly gardening classes for kids and biannual festivals, Alta Vista Botanical Gardens encourages families to spend time outdoors learning about nature.
The Eco-Kids in Nature program organized by “Farmer Jones” received the award for Most Creative Conservation project for the California Federation of Women’s Clubs (CFWC) in May, recognizing The Woman’s Club of Vista members’ volunteer efforts. “We are honored with this recognition and look forward to continuing this quality program for kids and for Vista,” Farmer Jones stated.
In June these programs for kids at the Gardens in Vista received the top award recognition for Conservation for The Woman’s Club of Vista at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Convention in Baltimore.
The GFWC has more than 3000 local clubs and the Vista Conservation project was chosen as the best in their international federation.
What does the Eco-Kids program at AVBG include? Besides learning about plants, worms and composting, the kids have immersed themselves during the monthly sessions by focusing on bugs, birds and butterflies. Classes have centered on photography and music, creating art from recycled materials, spinning and weaving cotton, creating veggie critters, and cooking soup and bread.
At the free Earth Day and Fall Fun Festivals, kids and families plant, paint rocks, make scarecrows, and create Earth-friendly crafts. Each Festival is supported by Woman’s Club member volunteers and more than 60 student volunteers sharing time outdoors.
Members of The Woman’s Club of Vista, which celebrated their Centennial of Service in April 2016, volunteered 5700 hours in the community during 2015. “We’re moving into our second century of service and will continue with our strong volunteering, donations, and scholarships to support our community,” declared Nancy B Jones, Club President.
For more information: womansclubofvista.org altavistagardens.org