Does your kid save every apple seed and cherry pit with hopes of growing a garden of their own? Before their seed farm grows out of control, introduce Jr. to one of the many family-friendly community gardens in the DMV. In addition to developing an understanding of environmental sustainability, they’ll also learn important life-skills, develop a green thumb, and interact with other kids in a socially meaningful way. Plus, community gardening is inexpensive fun and gets littles up close and personal with Mother Nature. 

Photo: Washington Youth Garden

Washington Youth Garden
The Washington Youth Garden is a National Arboretum Program that mainly serves under-served, low-income schools and families northeast of the Capitol. However, anyone is welcome to check out the site’s Demonstration Garden, a fruit- and veggie-filled path perfect for a scenic stroll.

3501 New York Ave.
Online: washingtonyouthgarden.org

City Blossoms
City Blossoms is a non-profit organization committed to creating kid-driven green spaces for urban residents. City Blossoms offers several programs throughout the year, and there are certain times that the space is open to the public. Visiting times include free staff-led activities for curious kids.

16 Kennedy St., NW
Online: cityblossoms.org

D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation
DPR has community gardens all over the DC area. Gardens are listed by wards–just contact the organizer of your local garden for info. Bonus: many of these gardens is located near playgrounds.

multiple locations
Online: dpr.dc.gov

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
The
Maryland Department of Natural Resources has compiled a list of “Natural Play Spaces”. While many of these spaces do not include a garden space to grow fruits and vegetables, they still provide children the opportunity to be close to nature and interact with other children in physically productive ways.

multiple locations
Online: dnr.maryland.gov

Teaching Garden
The Teaching Garden is a child-friendly space where lessons are provided on sustainable gardening practices. There is Children’s Garden and many plants that attract Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees- oh my!

9535 Linton Hall Rd. (Bristow, Va)
Online: communitygarden.org

Is there a kid-friendly community garden that you love? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

–Yolanda Johnson