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Real Food for Kids/Families

CALLING ALL KIDS!! The Urban Ecology Center offers fun, hands-on programs about real food throughout the entire year! Kids or families can participate in cooking classes, summer camps, fishing, maple sugaring, gardening and much more. As kids get their hands dirty in a garden, play with their food, and experiment in the kitchen they will gain food literacy that will last a lifetime!

Check our our Events Calendar for programs like these throughout the year:

Community Pie at Washington Park

Celebrating pie, youth, neighborhoods, and nature’s bounty, Community Pie is an interest group of the Urban Ecology Center Washington Park Branch that brings young people and families together for hands-on experiences in pie-making, from harvest to finished product.

Food Fridays at Washington Park

Every Friday at 4pm, we learn to cook food with tasty ingredients grown and harvested from Washington Park.

Let’s Cook

Family cooking classes. Bring the entire family and cook with others to create healthy and tasty treats like homemade granola and crackers from fresh, wholesome ingredients.

Maple Sugaring Time!

Each spring, the sap flows and dozens of families help the Center create maple syrup for the annual pancake breakfast. Together families can learn how to collect sap to make maple syrup.

Food and Gardening Summer Camps

Each summer the Urban Ecology Center offers summer camps related to food or gardening.

Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP)

Kids who participate in these inquiry-based programs can learn about anything from bugs to rocks to food!
Click here to learn more about NEEP.

Fishing at Washington Park

Borrow fishing poles and spend the afternoon fishing with the family. Learn what parts of a fish are edible and safe to eat and meet new people.

Upcoming Events

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March Nature Rangers

Riverside Park

Monday, March 18th

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Riverside Park

Monday, March 18th

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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