DUG’s Youth Education programs aim to connect kids to the earth and the food that comes from it.
Cultivating a love of nature as a caretaker of the planet must be experienced rather than taught. We believe that gardens provide kids with positive experiences that cultivate their sense of wonder and curiosity as they learn where their food comes from. When kids see first-hand how to grow food, they learn that their actions can make a difference for themselves and their community. Eating something they have nurtured gives kids a sense of ownership, agency, and a strong sense of pride.
DUG provides programming and resources for both students and teachers to get students outside and in the gardens as a hands-on learning experience.
For more than thirty years, Denver Urban Gardens has worked in partnership with Denver, Aurora, Jefferson County, Englewood, and Douglas County Public Schools. Currently, there are 66 DUG school-based community gardens across the metro Denver area. Most of these gardens are shared spaces for schools and communities to grow together.
There are so many ways to get involved with DUG!
Our programs and partnerships bring us into your classroom, provide resources for introducing gardening and natural education for your kids and support educators across all levels.