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Children's Education Volunteer--Japanese Garden

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 42 people are interested

You don't need to know Japanese or even much about Japanese gardens to help. We need a few more Field trip teaching assistants.
Groups are single-age or multi-age pre-school- 6 grade, middle school, or high school They'll get an introduction to Japanese gardens and how they compare with other perennial gardens. Pre-school- grade 3 tour our garden using a discovery tour based on the coloring book Garden of Many Parts--Japanese Numbers for a Japanese Garden--a Normandale Japanese Garden Committee publication. Older children and adolescents get tours that are modified to their age level. Teaching assistants need to arrive fifteen minutes ahead of the scheduled time to help with setting up and they will remain for fifteen minutes afterward to help me with clean up. Before the first time you help me, we need to arrange for training so that you are thoroughly familiar with the lesson and how you can assist the teachers and me to help the children

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The Japanese Garden, 9700 France Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55431, US

Mission Statement

Vision Statement: The Normandale Japanese Garden (Nihon Teien) is an authentic traditional Japanese Garden in North America that provides a special experience to each and every visitor; a Garden open year round to the community; a place where the unique skills and techniques that are necessary to create a Japanese garden are observed, cherished, learned; where specialized interpretation of cultural traditions and elements of the Nihon Teien ensure the continuance for many generations in the future.


Our web pages give a photographic history, including Takao Watanabe's plans. http://www.normandale.edu/community/japanese-garden/history
Friends of Normandale Japanese Garden
Friends of Normandale Japanese Garden is the name of the garden's volunteer group. This group is the newest iteration of the Committee that was founded in 1980. The Committee's mission was to promote and raise funds for the perpetual care and improvement of the garden. In cooperation with the Normandale College Foundation and with Normandale College Staff, the Committee was an advisory body that helped assure that all construction and maintenance adhered to the original design concept of Takao Watanabe. While those roles are the primary responsibility of the college and foundation, volunteers are still important to the garden.
Volunteers meet monthly. We provide interpretation for tours and field trips as well as programs. College staff members share and discuss Master Plans with the volunteer group. We welcome a background related to: gardening, landscape architecture, Japanese gardening or Japanese culture, publicity, horticulture, local government, land use planning, education, communication, or areas related to our mission. We also welcome volunteers who cannot monthly meetings. Event hosts, tour guides (May to October), fall or spring teachers, and Garden Ambassadors! We are also interested in collaborations: wellness teams, artists, actors, ...


Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


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Japanese GardenNormandale Community College9700 France Ave SBloomington, MN 55431



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Public Relations
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Japanese
  • Storytelling


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • You may help for one 2 hour block or help a couple of times monthly.
  • Work as part of the team.

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