Japanese Garden Docent
- A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
Field trip teaching assistants.Five field trips: Dates are: May 20 AM and PM and May 21 PM, June 28 AM and August 5 PM.
Second grade children from a Chinese immersion school--55 of them each morning-- plus 30 from a multigrade homeschool the afternoon of May 20 will practice designing a dry garden using a lunch box size mini Zen garden. Other groups are multi age 1-6 grades. They'll get an introduction to Japanese gardens and how they compare with other perennial gardens. They'll tour our garden using a discovery tour based on the coloring book Garden of Many Parts--a new Normandale Japanese Garden Committee publication. And they will take home tiny Japanese gardens that they plant themselves. On June 28, I will do a similar field trip with about 40 girls who will be at Normandale all that week for a STEM camp. Field trips are reserved in advance, we require $5 per student and we encourage their teachers and parents to purchase the coloring books to reinforce what they learn. They are available for a $10 donation (less if purchased in bulk). Teaching assistants need to arrive thirty minutes ahead of the scheduled time to help me with set up and they will remain for thirty minutes afterwards to help me with clean up. Before the first time you help me, we need to arrange for a training so that you are thoroughly familiar with the lesson and how you can assist the teachers and me to help the children.
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 9:15- 10:30 AM grade 2 from Chinese Immersion school
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 1:00- 2:00 PM grades 2-5 mixed ages group
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 9:15- 10:30 AM grade 2 from Chinese Immersion school
Friday, June 28, 2019 STEM camp for Girls time TBD
Monday, August 5, 2019 grades 3-5 mixed ages group 1:00-2:00 PM
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm
Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 at 12:30-2 pmSaturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm
We'll work with your schedule.
Normandale Japanese Garden andKopp Student Center, NCC9700 France Ave SBloomington, MN 55431
- Environmental Education
- People Skills
- People 55+
- Background Check
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- Classes plus prep and clean-up take 2-3 hours. You can help with one a year or develop some classes of your own after working with Committee members.
- One of the teaching locations requires using stone steps. However, most of the garden is handicap accessible. Knowledge of Japanese culture is a plus, but the ability to be heard and understood in English is essential. Comfort with ages 7-11.