Youth Programs

2014 Family Gardening Program at Hilltop Garden & Nature Center


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 confidence and know-how 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 May through October. The garden program will meet once per week for about 2hrs. Each week, the same activity will be offered on 3 different days and participants may choose which day they would like to attend:

Tuesday: 6:00-8:00pm

or Wednesday: 6:00-8:00pm

or Saturday: 8:30-10:30am

(Participants are welcome to attend the garden program more than one time per week, but the same activity will be offered during each session that week.)

Children by garden fence

In order to provide the best educational experience, participants should plan to participate in the entire 5 month 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 a 10’ x 10’ garden plot that they will maintain through the growing season. Participants will be able to take home all the produce grown in their garden 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 not a limit to how many people can participate in a 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 there is at least one child and one adult. 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 to a waitlisted family. 

Children planting seeds and working in garden


Registration will be open until all garden plots are full. To register, call, email or stop by:

Hilltop Garden & Nature Center

Lea Woodard, Hilltop Coordinator

2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN 47408


Parent and child planting young plants

Please send the following information:

Full name of primary contact for the family participating in the program. Provide a cell phone number, home phone number (or alternate #), email address and the total number of adults and children participating in the program.

You will be contacted by the Hilltop Coordinator of your acceptance into the Family Gardening Program at Hilltop. Once all plots are full, families may choose to be placed on a waitlist in case a family withdraws from the program.

Garden tools

Please send any questions, comments or concerns regarding this program to the contact information listed above.