Youth & Nature
AHS understands the importance of allowing children and youth the opportunity to explore their environment. We provide numerous opportunities at River Farm for exploration and help provide educators and volunteers with the tools needed for success.
Get ready for our 2016 AHS National Children & Youth Garden Symposium to be held July 14-16 in Columbia, South Carolina with local co-hosts Clemson University Extension, Heathwood Hall, and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.
Growing Good Kids Book Award
Recognizing outstanding children's literature
Find a Garden
Find a garden near you to enjoy with your family!
AHS Youth Gardening History
The American Horticultural Society has a long history of supporting gardening and outdoor learning with children and their families. Maintaining a connection with the natural world helps children develop healthy
social skills, enhances school curricula, strengthens family ties, and fosters an understanding and appreciation of the environment and our place within it.
Through several national programs such as the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium, the Growing Good Kids Book Awards, and several others, the AHS continues to embrace programs that will take youth gardening into the next millennium.
Our free, daily, international, online newspaper, the Youth Gardening Gazette, makes it easy to keep up with the latest in youth gardening developments year-round. Click below to read today's edition.
Here at the Society's national headquarters - River Farm in Alexandria - in addition to our Children’s Garden designed specifically for kids and the way they play, explore, and learn, we also offer a variety of educational programs throughout the year.
The beautiful grounds of River Farm are a perfect destination for school groups, Boy or Girl Scouts, and home school groups. If you would like to book a self-guided tour for your group of 5 or more children you must make a reservation by calling (703) 768-5700 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.