Troy Kids' Garden

The Troy Kids' Gardening Program provides gardening, arts, nutrition, and environmental education to over 1,000 young people from the Madison area annually. Children from area community centers and schools plant and maintain garden beds, participate in cooking and arts activities, and use this natural classroom to expand upon the science, ecology and math lessons learned in school.

By growing the garden and exploring Troy’s natural 

areas, youth develop a connection with nature that is often difficult to establish in an urban setting. Children develop affective ties to the natural world as they learn about and care for the plants in the garden, feed and hold the chickens, and climb trees to hunt for sweet summer mulberries. The safe and supportive environment of the Kids’ Garden offers children a nurturing community place to feel respected and valued.


The Kids’ Garden has opportunities for school and community groups, families, volunteers, and educators. We hope you will join us this season!


Field Trips

The Troy Kids’ Garden provides hands-on gardening and nature-based field trips to schools, community centers, and other youth-based organizations in the Madison area from June through August. We work with students of all ages and ability levels. Groups are welcome to make a single trip, or experience the garden over a series of visits!

Learn more and sign up!


Family Field Trips

New in 2017, we are excited to offer field trip opportunities for families! Plant and harvest in the gardens, explore the worm compost bin, cook a farm-fresh snack, create outdoor art, and more. Family Field Trips are also available at the Goodman Youth Farm.

Learn more and sign up! 


Troy Kids’ Garden Day Camp

Come play and grow with us at Troy Gardens this summer! We will explore the winding prairie paths, build forts in the forest, grow delicious food and prepare healthy snacks together in the garden.


June 18 - August 10. Contact Ginny Hughes for more information.



Come lend a hand at the Kids’ Garden! Individuals and groups of all ages are welcome to join us for mulching, weeding, harvesting, composting, and learning about organic gardening! We also welcome individuals with an interest in outdoor education to volunteer weekly with our farm-based youth education programs.

Learn more and sign up!



Kids’ Garden interns are immersed in learning about garden-based youth programming and environmental education. Interns learn by doing and are an integral part of all our programs. Intern positions are available each year from April through October. 

Learn more and apply! 


Contact & Location

We would love to hear from you. If you have questions, 

feedback, or a story to tell, please contact Ginny Hughes, at


The Kids’ Garden is located on the north side of Madison, on the 500 Block of Troy Drive, Madison WI 53704.

Map and directions


Thank you to our supporters!


American Girl's Fund for Children

Rosenlund Family Foundation

Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison

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