Children's Education Volunteer--Japanese Garden
- A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
You don't need to know Japanese or even much about Japanese gardens to help. We need a few more Field trip teaching assistants. Observe and train on May 20 8:30 -10:45 AM or 12:30 - 3 PM or on May 21 8:30 - 10:45 AM, Volunteer on June 28 AM and August 5 PM.
On May 20: 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 Arrive at 8:30- 10:45 AM grade 2 from Chinese Immersion school
Monday, May 20, 2019 Arrive at 12:30- 2:30 PM grades 2-5 mixed ages group
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Arrive at 8:30- 10:45 AM 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 Arrive at 12:30- 2:30 PM
"Show & Tell Sundays" series--Val Wagner began this in 2016 to celebrate the Garden's 40th year. It is a series that highlights the garden's elements. Val did monthly programs, starting with a program about our Cherry Trees on Sunday, April 17, 2016. She had uncanny luck in that the trees burst into blossom on April 17 that year! Other topics were the Koi, the Bentendo, shelters and lanterns; the waterfall, bridges and islands; and artfully pruned trees and shrubs. When we did not repeat the series in 2017, we got several inquiries and comments urging us to do it again. Last year, a couple of Committee members shared the Sundays. If you are knowledgeable about the garden and want to lead a program or two, let me know.
Second Sunday of each month:
Sunday, June 9, 2019 Arrive 12:45 - 4:15
Sunday, July 14, 2019 Arrive 12:45 - 4:15
Sunday, August 11, 2019 Arrive 12:45 - 4:15
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Arrive 12:45 - 4:15
If your Sundays are not available, a Saturday morning series might be appreciated. Talk to me about your idea, please!
"Imagine Japan! Introduction to Japanese Gardens for Families.
My husband Steve and I are repeating the Saturday Round Shelter programs: "Imagine Japan!" for families. This is similar to, but shorter and cheaper than the field trip program because we don't include the wet gardens. I have selected five dates. We don't require reservations and we offer the program at no charge. (As we do with tour groups, we promote donations and offer the two types of books available at the suggested donation rate of $15-history or $10--coloring per book.) If you want to help us, I encourage you to do so. Sharing the garden with children in this way is the most fun I have had as a garden volunteer (and I have been there for some of the koi releases!) If you're interested, you could even borrow the props and zen gardens from me and offer the program a Saturday or two during July while I am away!
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm (Arrive at noon and stay until 2:30 PM)
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm (Arrive at noon and stay until 2:30 PM)
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm (Arrive at noon and stay until 2:30 PM)
Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm (Arrive at noon and stay until 2:30 PM)Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 12:30-2 pm (Arrive at noon and stay until 2:30 PM)
Japanese GardenNormandale Community College9700 France Ave SBloomington, MN 55431
- Teaching / Instruction
- Public Relations
- People 55+
- 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.