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Four Seasons Permaculture For Kids
We are delighted to offer a Permaculture for Kids program, co-taught by Instructors Megan Szrom & Doug Miller-Fleig. Occurring on the same dates and times as the Four Seasons PDC, parents are invited to either drop their children off for this program, or to enroll in the Four Seasons permaculture training (for adults and children age 12-18). Sharing this learning with one's children is a mutually enriching experience, and allows parents and children to support each other in deepening our connection to what sustains us.
This program is designed to introduce children, aged 4-11, to permaculture through engaging and fun activities attuned to the seasonal rhythm of the Garden. We'll explore and interact with Nature as we learn about the three Permaculture Ethics: Care for the Earth, Care for People, and Future Care. We'll take part in activities such as (delete arts)crafts, games, hands on projects, creative play, theater, observation, and nature exploration within the teachings of the Permaculture Principles.

We'll have hands on experiences to explore the following topics:

  • Soil, Composting, and Worms
  • Seed collecting and saving
  • Plant Propagations and Transplanting
  • Herbal Remedies and Medicine Making
  • Cooking and Nutrition with foods from the Garden
  • Protecting and Respecting Native Wildlife
  • Water and Watersheds
  • Permaculture Design Projects using tools
  • Natural Building and Working with Cob
  • Sustainability and Regenerative Practices: Zero Waste and Creator Culture
Our day will follow a natural rhythm, and the children's program will be a part of the Four Seasons Opening and Closing Circle. The elements of a typical day include:

  • Morning Gratitude Circle

  • Quiet Observation- Nature Walk in the Garden

  • Snack Time

  • Morning Garden Activity

  • Morning Project

  • Lunch

  • Story Time/Journaling

  • Afternoon Project

  • Afternoon Tea and Snack

  • Clean up

  • Closing Circle

Program Cost: $750

If you would like to learn about payment plans options or have any other questions about the program, please contact

Program Dates: 

The course takes place one Saturday each month, from October through September, from 9 am to 5 pm in the Commonweal Garden. You can also register for our Drop-in Days! 

2020/2021: Postponed due to COVID. Please email if you are interested in participating and we will reach out when the dates are finalized.

Following registration for the program you'll receive more information about what to pack to ensure your child's comfort and safety. If you have special requests for your child, please note this in the registration form. If you are interested in registering for additional drop-in dates, please email

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