Phil Hardberger Park’s Children’s Vegetable Garden (CVG) celebrated a milestone on Tuesday, Sept. 24, as three of its young gardeners were awarded their Junior Master Gardener Certificates — a first for the park’s garden.
Discover Phil Hardberger Park’s Dairy Farm past at this annual event.There will becow milking demonstrations from the SW Dairy Farmers, youth craft activities, and tours of the Butterfly Learning Center and Children’s Vegetable Garden.
We need hard working volunteers to help park staff tackle big projects. After many years as an overgrazed dairy farm, the land of Phil Hardberger Park is being restored to its natural beauty. Weed Warriors meet every Wednesday at various locations to control invasive species and support the growth of native species.
These programs were designed by naturalist and educators. The program consists of lesson plans that incorporate songs, stories, puppets, projects, and physical activities for teaching about nature. This class is for bilingual families.
Hear a brief introductory classroom talk on local wildlife including photos of wildlife common to the park, followed by a walk further explaining wildlife and its relationship to the local ecosystem led by Christine Westerman.
Cochineal is a scale insect and is found on prickly pear cactus, Opuntia engelmanii. As a rasping, sucking insect, it feeds on the tasty juices of the cactus. It produces a cottony white covering to protect itself from predators.
If you can, avoid being in the sun during the hottest part of the day, usually between 2-4:30 p.m. Phil Hardberger Park doesn't close until sunset, so make use of the longer days and come check out the park in the evening.