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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County

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Children's Art in the Garden 

Up in the Garden Down in the Dirt StoryWalk

The Enabling Garden in Altoona, IA, will host its annual Children’s Art in the Garden event from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. The event offers multiple art activity centers for children, live children's music, and a StoryWalk┬« featuring the book, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner. 

This year's eleven art and exploratory stations include: 

    • Birdhouse Painting 
    • Rock Painting 
    • Dried Flower Bookmarks 
    • Bird Collages
    • Butterfly Angels
    • Flower Tiles
    • Nature Journals
    • T-shirt Bug Stenciling
    • Seed Bombs
    • Praying Mantis Zoo
    • Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

Musical performances by Red Grammer, a premier entertainer of children and families in America, will be at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Parent’s Magazine has described the Grammy-nominated performer as “the best voice in children’s music.” Learn more at .

About StoryWalk ®

The Children's Art in the Garden event is offered by ISU, Polk County Extension through Polk County Master Gardener volunteers and the Human Sciences team. The StoryWalk® is designed for families to engage in literacy activities while also getting exercise, learning about content areas (STEM, art, social studies), and enjoying the outdoors. It is most appropriate for preschool to early elementary-aged children, but older children may enjoy reading to younger children and modeling the activities along the way. Storywalk was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and was developed with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Listen to the Story Now!

Special thanks to the event Sponsors

The Enabling Garden would like to extend special thanks to the following sponsors and donors who have provided funding for the event: Altoona Lions Club, Be Well Pediatrics, Coldwell Banker Realtor-Altoona Office, Iowa State Education Association, Meta, Southeast Polk Education Association, and William and Deborah Stearns. Thank you for helping the Polk County Master Gardeners make this free event possible!

Be Well Pediatrics

William & Deborah Stearns

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