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Children's Education Volunteer--Japanese Garden

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 26 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 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. 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 a training so that you are thoroughly familiar with the lesson and how you can assist the teachers and me to help the children.

Summer programs
Show and Tell Sundays is an event where a docent is available on the second Sunday of the month for a couple of hours (1-3 pm) to answer questions about the garden for garden visitors.

"Imagine Japan! Introduction to Japanese Gardens for Families is a Saturday event. (Second Saturday of each month from 11 am-12:30 pm) Japanese Garden volunteers are available to do a short version of the field trip program. The target audience is

COVID-19 restrictions: Normandale Community College will continue to update these as needed. Currently, there is no mask mandate and we ask that visitors use physical distancing. We break tour groups into smaller groups of 10-15 persons.

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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.


Bloomington Affiliated Garden Clubs used a $500 Sears grant in 1967 to start Normandale Japanese Garden. Our web pages give a photographic history, including Takao Watanabe's plans.
Japanese Garden Committee
The Normandale Japanese Garden Committee is a 10-20 person advisory committee. The Committee was founded in 1980. The Committee's mission is 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 is charged to see that all construction and maintenance shall adhere to the original design concept of Takao Watanabe.
We meet monthly on the third Mondays. Committee members are expected to attend the regular meetings and to serve on one or more of the subcommittees which include tours/weddings, festival, public relations, buildings and grounds, membership, and website communications. We've begun a Master Planning process and need more Committee members. We welcome a background related to: gardening, landscape architecture, Japanese gardening or Japanese culture, fundraising, finance, publicity, horticulture, local government, land use planning, education, communication, wetland management, law or areas related to our mission.We also welcome volunteers if committing to monthly meetings isn't feasible: event hosts, tour guides (May to October), fall or spring teachers, and Festival volunteers!

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Japanese GardenNormandale Community College9700 France Ave SBloomington, MN 55431



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


  • 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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