Garden and Nature Classes for Children & Families

Each of the classes listed below is suitable for community centers, child care centers, plant nurseries, public libraries, and other family-oriented locations or events.

Each is a lively presentation
of family-friendly, age-appropriate information on the topic and plenty of visual and tactile materials such as bird nests, plants, books, and puppets, and easy songs to learn. 

I also provide an easy-to-read handout on the topic that you can copy for all attendees, and nurseries are provided with a list of appropriate plants for creating a display that adds extra "zing" to the presentation. 

Other options:
I can also provide a photo-laden PowerPoint on the topic, along with a laptop and projector if desired. I can provide materials for creating a small container garden, or for going for a bird-walk or bug-hunt if desired. 

A Bird's Eye View: Learn how a bird sees a garden, the "who and why" of their favorite plants, fun facts about songbirds and hummingbirds, and how to use plants and other garden features to attract and nurture them all year round!

Bugs You Want to Hug: Learn how to spot the "good guys" in your garden, fun facts about beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies,and lady beetles, and which plants attract them to provide natural pest control for your whole garden!

Plant Parts Party! Learn the special "jobs" that each part of a plant has, that all help it grow from seed and root to flower and fruit, then plant a root-viewer to take home, so you can watch every step of the way!

Creating a Snack-Walk Garden: Learn which vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other plants are easy to grow in the family garden, inspire the imagination, are safe for children and pets, and fun to touch, smell, and taste on frequent "snack walks"!

All presentations can be done indoors or outside, and customized to fit your space and time.  My presenter fees are based on the length of the class, the driving distance from NE Seattle, and the number of classes you want me to teach.

Presenter Bio:


Emily Bishton is an environmental educator and landscape designer who has gardened organically for over 35 years. Since 1997, she has taught sustainable gardening and environmental education programs throughout the Puget Sound region and specialized in creating wildlife-friendly and child-friendly gardens as well as edible landscapes.  Emily enjoys reaching a wide range of audiences, from elementary school and community college students to homeowners and professional landscapers.


Current and past clients include Seattle Public Utilities and other members of the Saving Water Partnership, the Snohomish County Dept. of Public Works and Snohomish Conservation District, University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Washington State University, Cascade Water Alliance, Washington Native Plant Society, Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, King and Snohomish County Master Gardeners, City of Bellevue Natural Yard Care program, City of Federal Way, King Co. Natural Yard Care program, Molbak’s, City People’s Garden Store, the Green Gardening Program, Seattle Tilth, and more.


From 2005-2017, Emily was also the Director and Lead Educator for the Magnuson Community Center Nature Programs, which provided hands-on environmental education for children and families via camps, classes, field trips, and guided nature walks.

Emily Bishton,
Dec 22, 2017, 10:41 AM