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Wild Child: Creative Outdoor Spaces for Kids

Schedule and Location

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:00  to 9:00 p.m.
Sycamore Room

Fees and Registration

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Give kids the freedom and space to explore nature and indulge in free play with inspirational ideas from  author and unconventional landscape designer Amanda Thomsen. Discover creative, low-cost, and more importantly, easy ways to turn a backyard into a nature-based play place that connects kids with the outdoors and taps into their imaginations. Forget swing sets! Think secret hideaways, art studios, kitchens, theaters, and more that will encourage children to think outside the box, develop creativity, and see nature as the best playground ever.

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Amanda Thomsen, author, blogger, and gardener, kissmyaster.com

Amanda Thomsen is the author of Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You and the newly released Backyard Adventure: 51 Wild Ways to Play. A blogger and educator, Amanda brings a sense of humor and unconventional perspective to gardening. You can find her at kissmyaster.com. Her books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.  

Wild Child: Creative Outdoor Spaces for Kids

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