Children grow vegetables in their own gardens, and discover crickets, butterflies, finches and many other wonders of the natural world in the Bellefonte Community Children’s Garden.
They learn about plant science, where food comes from and much about how the natural world works in a garden created just for them behind the Centre County Library & Historical Museum near downtown Bellefonte.
A dedicated group of community volunteers built, tends and programs the BCCG. It is open dawn to dusk for families to explore a pollinator garden, fairy garden, plus areas dedicated to edibles, herbs and plants with animal names.
Don’t miss the Storyteller’s Chair, beautifully carved of a single pine tree and perfect for sharing stories with one child or a group of children.
Growing spring salad greens and radishes is part of second-grade at Bellefonte Elementary School. The students plant their seeds in early April, then return weekly for lessons in plant science and environmental conservation as their crops grow. In late May, they celebrate their harvest with a Salad Party – and often compete to see how many bowls of greens they can eat!
In spring 2018, the Bellefonte Garden Club installed new vegetable growing beds to accommodate three classes of students. Including 2018, more than 400 second-graders have experienced the hands-on spring growing lessons in the BCCG since 2010.
The Children’s Garden offers Family Discovery Days, typically on the first Saturday of a new season. Please check dates on our Facebook Page!
The BCCG was created in 2007 and is a partnership of the Bellefonte Garden Club, Penn State Master Gardeners of Centre County and the Centre County Library and Historical Museum.