As an instructional outdoor space, the Sunflower Hill Garden is a medium for educational, therapeutic, and life skills training; offering adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities opportunities to thrive.
Our multi-disciplinary programs and activities are designed for adults with special needs (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other chromosomal abundancies). Led by our knowledgeable and dedicated Garden staff, the curriculum is specially designed to offer unique experiences for individuals of all abilities.
Our in-person, Hands-On Garden Groups meet weekly and bi-weekly at the Sunflower Hill Garden. The program, which is open to adult day and adult-in-transition programs and individuals throughout the year, offers person-centered programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing opportunities to learn, explore, and engage in new and supportive ways. Led by knowledgeable staff with a passion for both people and plants, curriculum addresses educational, therapeutic, and life-skill topics to cultivate important independent living skills. Hands-On groups are uniquely designed to honor all ability levels.
Hands-On Garden Group participants learn about work imperative to keeping a garden growing, tools and skills employed in such work, and enjoy extended time participating in field tasks practicing what they have learned. Participants explore tasting new and healthy foods, and engaging in the natural setting.