Learn Gardening Techniques at Smokey’s Garden Arbor Day Celebration

Alamogordo, NM (April 15, 2011) – Smokey’s Garden is expanding this spring with a garden apprenticeship program for students grade 6 and up to learn hands-on gardening activities throughout the 2011 summer. On April 29, 2011, an Arbor Day Celebration will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office, 901 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, and all area children and families are invited to join us for this event.
Teens, pre-teens, and adults can learn about garden design, planting and nurturing an organic garden, and planning an environmentally friendly growing space by using composting and rainwater harvesting methods.
Projects include painting murals, signs, and creating garden sculptures, face and rock painting and information on how to make a butterfly habitat. Another wonderful opportunity will be to participate in film making which will document the stages of the garden’s growth. Also scheduled will be the planting of native seeds, flowers, and butterfly bushes in Smokey’s Community Garden. They’ll learn how to build a wildlife habitat and create a Three Sisters Garden using native seeds. Children and parents will also have the opportunity to sign-up for summer gardening classes. Light refreshments will be served.
District employees broke ground for Smokey’s Garden back on April 28, 2010. The goal of the District’s community garden is to unite http://imagineear.com/pharmacy/generic-cymbalta/ children and adults and inspire solutions to issues plaguing our country, such as hunger and pollution and by providing fresh produce to local families and organizations.
The apprentice gardeners will give back to the community by planting and caring for a Soup Garden, with the cultivated produce donated to the Lincoln County Food Bank. The classes, led by a master gardener are free of charge through the New Mexico Alliance for Children, an educational non-profit organization based in Ruidoso. No prior gardening experience is required.
The Lincoln National Forest is committed to connecting kids with nature and the outdoors by providing students, parents and teachers with youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment. The U.S. Forest Service wants to encourage more kids to go outdoors by having fun, being healthy and learning more about nature. This can instill kids to create an awareness of the value of public lands, seek careers in natural resources and land management, as well as enthusiastically participate in physical activities.
For more information, please contact the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office at (575) 257-4095, and ask for Dan Ray. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information on the Lincoln National Forest, please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/lincoln and follow us on www.twitter.com/lincolnsmokey.