Our History

In 2001, a small group of volunteer landscape professionals and community volunteers formed the Magnuson Children’s Garden Committee and began the process of gathering ideas from the public to create a new and unique children’s garden.  The result of their work, and the community support that has sustained it ever since, is a vibrant oasis located within the 4-acre Magnuson Community Garden, and open FREE to the public 365 days a year.  Come visit Magnuson Children’s Garden and discover a wonderful place for children and families to explore nature!

In 2005, Magnuson Community Center Coordinator Karla Withrow and nature educator Emily Bishton began the Magnuson Nature Programs by offering 2 weeks of summer nature camp for preschool-age children.  By popular demand, these programs have expanded by leaps and bounds in the 12 years since, growing into a year-round gardening & nature education resource for children, families, and adults!

The collaboration between Magnuson Children’s Garden and Magnuson Community Center Nature Programs continues to be a wonderful journey, and we are grateful for all the support and enthusiasm we receive from parents, children, volunteers, and park staff.  We welcome you to join in the fun!

Visit our About page, Staff and Teaching Methods page and Benefits of Outdoor Learning page for more details!