Youth Programs

Family Gardening Program at Hilltop Garden & Nature Center

Early Registration: Saturday, March 7th at 10am or 1pm

You and your family are welcome to attend a ½ hour introduction to the 2015 FGP. There will be a short presentation on the program’s structure, rules and expectations. There will also be time to answer any questions you may have. For those that have participated in the past, there are some new additions. After the meeting, you are welcome to register for the program and are able to sign up at anytime as spots are available.

Regardless if you plan to register for the FGP, families are welcome to stay after the introduction session to help us start seeds for the family garden plots! Join us in the warm (and hopefully sunny) greenhouses to start our cool season vegetable seeds in preparation for spring planting. Families will be welcome to take some of the seed starts home to grow too!

General registration will begin on March 9th


The Family Gardening Program at Hilltop will provide a fun, interactive, garden-themed learning environment in which families will learn and work together to gain the know-how and confidence to grow their own productive gardens for years to come! The garden program will mainly focus on growing edible plants, including fruits, vegetables, and herbs; however participants will be introduced to a variety of perennial gardens located at Hilltop.


This is a FREE educational program that will run April 28th through September 5th with extra program days on February & March 7th, April 18th, and October 3rd. The garden program will meet once per week for 90 minutes. Each week, a new topic will be presented and the same activity will be offered at 4 different times. When registering families need to choose 2 of the following options to attend:

Tuesday: 6:30-8:00pm

Wednesday: 6:30-8:00pm

Saturday: 8:30-10:00am

Saturday: 10:30-noon

Children by garden fence

In order to provide the best educational experience, participants should plan to participate in the entire 19 week program. Participants will not need to bring any gardening materials. All plants, seeds, fertilizer, tools, materials, etc. will be provided.

Participant Benefits

Participants in the program will receive weekly gardening instruction through hands-on, family friendly gardening activities.  Each family will be provided with 64 ft.² of growing space that they will maintain through the growing season. Participants will be able to take home all the produce grown in their garden plot as well as additional herbs and produce grown at Hilltop Gardens. 


A ‘family’ must include at least one responsible adult, 18 yrs. or older and one child. There is no limit to how many people may participate per family. You do not have to be related to participate; any combination of children and adults are permitted. Not all family members are required to come to each weekly program, as long as at least one child and one adult attend. Children cannot be left unattended.

Absence Policy

If your family will need to be away from their garden plot, Hilltop staff and other family gardeners will help maintain your garden plot until you return. If your family will be away for more than 3 consecutive weeks, we ask that you find another “family” to participate in the program and take care of your garden for you until you return.

*If a family does not participate in the garden program for two consecutive weeks without notifying the Hilltop Coordinator of their absence, their garden plot will be forfeited. 

Registrations will be open until all of the garden plots are full. Once we receive your registration information, you will be contacted with a confirmation and acceptance into the Family Gardening Program. If the program fills up, you may choose to be placed on a waitlist in case some families withdraw from the program.

Children planting seeds and working in garden

To register, please send the following information:

Full name of primary contact for the family participating in the program. Provide a cell phone number or home phone number and email address. Please list the names of adults participating, the names of children participating and the ages of the children.

In addition, please circle which two days & times you would like to come to the garden program (remember you only come once/ week, but you can choose from the two circled days/week to come).

 Tuesdays: 6:30-8:00pm

Wednesdays: 6:30-8:00pm

Saturdays: 8:30-10:00am

Saturdays: 10:30-noon

Garden tools