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Garden Initiatives for Children

Practice starts early for those who want to become urban gardeners!

There are a few initiatives, made especially for children, which provide the opportunity for hands-on learning in the garden.

There are other opportunities for children too, such as “Eule Wien” (Owl Vienna) or “Schule am Bauernhof” (School on the Farm) and coodiated by Bio AustriaBio macht Schule

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NASCH – Natur als Schule (Nature as School)

Two trained educators come to children in schools, kindergartens and to families to create garden areas and garden together.
Nature experience areas for children made by children themselves

  • Examples of offerings:
    • Building raised beds, creating and planting soil beds – doing crafts and gardening.
    • Depending on age, listening to interesting facts, songs and stories, being self-active and learning through research
    • Considering, sketching and creating garden areas
    • Create a habitat for native animals as well as plants and, of course, for children
  • Contact persons:
    • DIin Johanna Biesenbender, landscape planner and kindergarten teacher
    • Mag.a Silvia Schachinger, pedagogue and mathematician
  • Contact:

City Farm Augarten

After 5 successful years in Schönbrunn, the City Farm was terminated at its location. As an alternative, they have been offered buildings and garden areas in Vienna’s Augarten in the 2nd district. More than 4,000 m² of  urban open space offer all the prerequisites for a unique urban living and learning garden, managed according to the principles of organic farming. Children’s and theme beds are linked by the path of vegetable diversity, where countless species and varieties grow, that can not be bought in any supermarket. There is a wide spectrum of garden programs for children, teenagers, and adults year-round.

  • Address: Obere Augartenstraße 1C, 1020 Wien
  • Sponsorship:City Farm Augarten – Verein zur Förderung von Urban Gardening, Gartenpädagogik und ökologischer Bildung (Association for the Promotion of Urban Gardening, Garden Education, and Ecological Education)
  • Target Groups: Adults, children, families, school classes, kindergartens, and teachers
  • Gardening Season: year-round
  • Events, offers, and other info:
    • Programs for adults, children, families, school classes, kindergartens, and teachers
    • Raritätenbörse (“Treasure Fair“)
  • Contact Information:

Kinder-Garten!  Pädagogikgarten (Education Garden)

Practice starts early for those who want to become urban gardeners! In this garden program, kids learn that plants need time and care to grow into ripe, delicious food. But the highlight for these little gardeners is always the harvest: when the vegetables can be tasted, herbs gathered, and berries picked, patience is finally rewarded!

The Pädagogikgarten (educational garden) is an ideal opportunity for children of the city to see where fruit and vegetables come from, and to learn how they arrive on our table. Come visit the garden and enjoy the flourishing garden beds!

  • Address: Schütte-Lihotzky-Park, 1050 Wien
  • Size: 5 children’s raised beds
  • Sponsorship: GB*East, Bezirksvorstehung, MA 42
  • Established: 2015
  • Participants: Childrens groups from KIWI, Kleiner Stern Abendstern
  • Plants:
    • Vegetable, herb, and flower beds
  • Offers:
    • Spring festival
  • Contact Information:

Naschgarten – Vom Samenkorn bis zur fertigen Mahlzeit (Snack garden – From seed to ready meal)

If tomatoes don’t come from a can and spinach doesn’t come from the freezer, where does it come from? The Naschgarten is dedicated to hands-on nature and health education and offers regular gardening and nature education adventures for children ages 2-14. By sowing, planting, harvesting, cooking and enjoying together, children experience ecological connections and learn where the food on their plates comes from.

  • Offers:
    • Regular gardening and cooking for school class and kindergarten groups over the course of a year in the mornings
    • Gardening and cooking classes for children in the afternoons
    • Children’s birthday parties
    • Vacation camps
    • Seasonal festivals
  • Address: Rosiwalgasse 37, next to the Zukunftshof, 1100 Vienna
  • Sponsorship: Naschgarten – Association for practically oriented nature and health education
  • Contact:
    • Web: www.naschgarten.org
    • Email: hallo@naschgarten.org
    • Phone: 0670 357 1180

Garten der Vielfalt (Garden of Diversity) of BIO FORSCHUNG AUSTRIA

What do plants eat? How deep do roots reach into the soil? What does “organic” mean?

In “Garten der Vielfalt” (Garden of Diversity), pupils and students learn about the amazing wealth of edible plants. Depending on the season and program, children an youths can plant or harvest peas, smell culinary herbs, taste tomatoes, or dig up potatoes to take home. There are about 200 different species of plants to admire.

A healthy variety of vegetables needs a rich soil life: educational stations show the movement of earthworms, microscopic microbial communities, and the secret underground life of plants in the “Wurzelschaugarten” (Root Garden).

Experience the foundations of our diet in the organic garden!