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  • Youth & Nature

    The AHS wants children and youth to have the opportunity to explore their environment. We provide numerous opportunities at River Farm for exploration and help provide educators and volunteers with the tools needed for success.

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    NCYGS 2019

    The next National Children & Youth Garden Symposium will take place July 10-13 in Madison, Wisconsin. AHS members receive discounted registration rates for this annual event.

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    Growing Good Kids Book Award

    ​See our awards for the best children’s books about gardening, nature, and the environment.

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    Find a Garden

    Find a garden near you to enjoy with your family!

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    AHS Youth Gardening History

    The American Horticultural Society has a long history of supporting gardening and outdoor learning with children and their families. Maintaining a connection with the natural world helps children develop healthy

    social skills, enhances school curricula, strengthens family ties, and fosters an understanding and appreciation of the environment and our place within it.

    National Programs for Youth Gardening

    Through several national programs such as the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium, the Growing Good Kids Book Awards, and several others, the AHS continues to embrace programs that will take youth gardening into the future. 

    Youth Gardening Gazette is Free

    Our free, weekly, international, online newspaper, the Youth Gardening Gazette, makes it easy to keep up with the latest in school gardens, and gardening with kids, year-round. Take a look at the latest edition.

    Sowing the Seeds of Success - Tools for Garden Educators

    Created in partnership with Cornell Garden Based Learning, Sowing the Seeds of Success is designed to walk you through the organizational aspects of a gardening program. Find tools to help start, sustain, expand, and reflect on your program. Teachers, parents, community leaders, horticulturists, Master Gardeners, youth leaders, and other interested adults will find the process a useful tool.

    Childrens' Gardening Education & Tours at River Farm

    Here at the Society's national headquarters - River Farm in Alexandria - in addition to our Children’s Garden designed specifically for kids and the way they play, explore, and learn, we also offer a variety of educational programs throughout the year.

    The beautiful grounds of River Farm are a perfect destination for school groups, Boy or Girl Scouts, and home school groups. If you would like to book a self-guided tour for your group of 5 or more children you must make a reservation by calling (703) 768-5700 or emailing