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Youth and Family Programs

Episodic special family frolic days, scouting days, family workshops, camps, and classes are scheduled during the year for youth and family audiences to learn about and engage with aspects of Powell Gardens and nature. Please see the featured listings below or click on our calendar to view upcoming opportunities for these audiences.


Upcoming Youth & Family Events

Eat Your Vegetables: Day Camp – for ages 9-12

July 16-20 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily

Join the Powell Gardens team to learn about vegetable gardening and harvesting.  Children ages 9-12, who are interested in learning about how produce is grown, harvested, and prepared can join us for this week-long day camp. Each day will have a theme inspired by what comes out of the garden. Participants will learn about the origin of particular foods, how seeds are grown into vegetables, how to identify when it is time to pick particular items and will work in teams to make one recipe each day.

Students will receive instruction from a professional chef, Powell Gardens staff and Powell Gardens docents on proper kitchen techniques including knife skills, measuring, sautéing, and mixing. Each day includes a nature walk, snack, box lunch, garden journal writing, recipe brainstorming,  and drawing time. Sessions take place in the Heartland Harvest Garden and in the education classroom.

Chef Lisa Yamanaka and Chef Erin Bassett

Chef Instructor

Chef Lisa Yamanaka was born and raised in Kansas City and has helped with her family run restaurant since she was a little girl. After graduating high school she decided to branch out and earn her Culinary Arts degree from Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR. Since then she has cooked in several food service establishments such as the head chef at Blue Bird Bistro and sous chef at Saint Luke’s East hospital. She is currently a Culinary Instructor for NourishKC’s Culinary Cornerstones Training Program. Lisa is married with two kids, two cats and three lovely chickens!

$500 per child, includes daily box lunch and snack

Register for Day Camp

Day Camp Application



Powell Gardens takes registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to ensure your space in the program. Advance registration is required for all classes. You will receive confirmation of your enrollment via email after you complete your registration.