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Spring Fever Family Day features workshops on gardening, bees, worms and more, April 8, 2017

Welcome spring and celebrate nature at the Spring Fever Family Day and Book Fair on Saturday, April 8, 10:00am-1:00pm, at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie. This event is free and open to the public.

The day will include several kid-friendly activities, including: nature trivia games, a photo booth, face painting, making art with vegetable stamps, and bicycle-powered smoothies.

There will also be workshops for children and families on pollinators, planting seeds, garden visitors, garden fresh snacks, and composting with worms. A book fair will feature new books at discounted prices. A full list of workshops is below..

The event is free, but registration is encouraged. Visit https://www.farmproject.org/spring-fever-family-day-and-book-fair or contact Kat Rosemond of the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns to register. The Family Partnership Center is located at 29 North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie.

This event is sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, Poughkeepsie Public Library District ( PPLD ), Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, Dutchess Outreach, and Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz.

Spring Fever Family Day Workshops

Creating a Poetry Garden
"Weird, Wonderful Water Birds." Join the fun with author Jerrice J. Baptiste! Learn about water birds while singing along to their tunes. Find out what's wonderful about each water bird through words, songs, and dance.  Presented by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

All About Worms!
Come investigate real live worms. We’ll learn about their life cycle, what they eat, and how you can use them at home for composting. Presented by the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.


Attracting Garden Visitors
Critters such as birds, butterflies and toads are good to have in our gardens and are fun to look for. Learn about good garden visitors and now to attract them to your garden. Create a toad house or build a bird nesting material box to bring home.  Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. 
Pollinator Power!


Learn all about native plants and the pollinators they benefit with the Environmental Cooperative. In addition to learning about challenges for pollinators in Poughkeepsie, we will discuss actions that you can take to beautify your environment and provide habitat for local pollinators. There will be an opportunity to build bee hotels on a first-come first-served basis. Presented by the Environmental Cooperative.


Eat the Rainbow
Celebrate of the rainbow of vegetables and fruits that you can grow in your own garden! Learn how to prepare a colorful snack using produce of all shapes and colors with educators from Poughkeepsie Farm Project.


Urban Farming Fun 
Explore Dutchess Outreach’s new greenhouse in our urban farm, help plant seeds for our Mobile Market, and learn how important farming and food access are in an urban setting.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, March 17, 2017