National Children & Youth Garden Symposium


National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

Register now for the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium with early bird pricing!

Do you work with young people in a garden- or nature-based space such as a community garden, nature center, or green schoolyard? Join us for a professional development event where we are cultivating tomorrow's gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today's garden educators.

Registration is open for the American Horticultural Society's 30th National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. This year's symposium will take place in Richmond, Virginia from July 13-15, and will feature 45 educational sessions and inspiring keynote presentations by Rosanna Ayers of the Biomimicry Institute and Carolyn Schuyler of Wildrock Nature Play & Discovery Center. We'll also check out Richmond's lush gardens at our host site, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and nearby Maymont and tour unique school and healing gardens and community-driven urban greenspaces.

Maximize your stay in the Richmond area with pre- and post-Symposium experiences including a trip to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens featuring the World of Wonders Children's Garden, a welcome reception at the Kent-Valentine House, headquarters of the Virginia Garden Club, and a workshop at the intersection of nature, art, and immigration in America. Space is limited on these tours, so register soon. 

Lock in early bird pricing by registering today! Prices increase after Friday, May 13. Need help getting to NCYGS? Scholarship applications are due Friday, April 29.