‘Families in the Outdoors: Garden Fun!’ June 21

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has opened registration for the third session in the popular “Families in the Outdoors series, Garden Fun!” This event will take place at the Law Farm in Dover-Foxcroft on Friday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, with a rain date of June 28 at the same time. Registration is required.

For each session of Families in the Outdoors, we will be outside, celebrating the fun and interesting offerings each season brings us. For the Garden Fun! event, participants will be learning and working together to plant the brand-new Children’s Garden at the Law Farm. Everyone will have their hands in the dirt and together design and plant the “Sunflower Circle” Children’s Garden – a space for the public to explore and enjoy. Additionally participants will get a hands-on and exciting educational opportunity about composting from Jackson ReGenerational Farm in Atkinson. Come join the fun and be a part of this awesome community project.

Seeing the Children’s Garden at the Law Farm come to life is exciting for the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. Kacey Weber, educational coordinator for the PCSWCD, says “we are thrilled to see this project happening and thought what better way to break-ground than to get the public involved with planting through the Families in the Outdoors Program!”

This program is a true community effort. Local farms Marr Pond Farm of Sangerville, Ripley Farm of Dover-Foxcroft, Checkerberry Farm of Parkman, Campbell Farm of Sangerville, Ellis Greenhouse & Nursery of Hudson and Thompson Free Library all generously donated sunflower seedlings and native pollinator-friendly perennials to be planted. The PCSWCD is humbled and grateful for these generous donations. Also associated with this garden project is the PCSWCD’s poster contest. A winner will be announced on June 11 and the winning design will be on display at the Children’s Garden. The farms and businesses that donated seedlings will be listed on the poster as well.

The Families in the Outdoors program was started in 2018 from a grant received by the Davis Conservation Foundation. The goal of this program is to engage with families outdoors and provide fun, educational opportunities to learn and play together. Everyone is encouraged to join this great program. Bring the kids, grandchildren or even a family friend and enjoy the great outdoors. This program is recommended for adults and children ages 5-plus.

Register by contacting the PCSWCD at 564-2321 ext. 3, or Information about Families in the Outdoors and registration information can also be found on the Facebook page at There is a small registration fee per person, which supports conservation education programs.

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