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Registration open for Families in the Outdoors: Garden Fun!

Community Author: Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District
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Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District | Contributed
Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District | Contributed

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has opened registration for the third session in its popular Families in the Outdoors series, Garden Fun from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Law Farm.  Registration is required.

For the Garden Fun! event, participants will be learning and working together to plant our brand-new Children’s Garden at the Law Farm. We will design and plant the “Sunflower Circle” Children’s Garden – a space for the public to explore and enjoy. Additionally, participants will get a hands-on and exciting educational opportunity about composting from Jackson ReGenerational Farm in Atkinson.

Kacey Weber, Educational Coordinator for the PCSWCD, said, “We are thrilled to see this project happening and thought what better way to break-ground than to get the public involved with planting through the Families in the Outdoors Program.”

Local farms Marr Pond Farm of Sangerville, Ripley Farm of Dover-Foxcroft, Checkerberry Farm of Parkman, Campbell Farm of Sangerville, Ellis Greenhouse & Nursery of Hudson and Thompson Free Library all generously donated sunflower seedlings and native pollinator-friendly perennials to be planted. Also associated with this garden project is the PCSWCD’s poster contest. A winner will be announced on June 11 and the winning design will be on display at the Children’s Garden. The farms and businesses that donated seedlings will be listed on the poster as well!

The Families in the Outdoors program was started in 2018 from a grant received by the Davis Conservation Foundation. The goal of this program is to engage with families outdoors and provide fun, educational opportunities to learn and play together. We encourage everyone to join us for this great program. This program is recommended for adults and children ages 5+.

To join us, you must register by contacting the PCSWCD at 207-564-2321 ext. 3, info@piscataquisswcd.org, or on our website at piscataquisswcd.org. Information about Families in the Outdoors and registration information can also be found on our Facebook page facebook.com/www.piscataquisswcd.org. There is a small registration fee per person, which supports our conservation education programs.