Earth Day "hands-on" family event at PSU's Learning Gardens Laboratory
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: April 6, 2011

The Portland State University (PSU) Learning Gardens Laboratory's second annual Earth Day celebration, complete with family fun and educational activities, will be held Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Learning Gardens Laboratory is located at 6801 S.E. 60th Ave., Portland, between Duke and Flavel streets.

The event is free and open to the public.  It will include:

For Kids:

  • Earth Day egg coloring using plants as natural dye
  • Painting sign rocks for a Pizza Patch - a garden patch for vegetables to eat on pizza
  • Making fluttering paper garden propellers
  • Making crafts from recycled materials.
  • Face painting and a choral performance by Lane Middle School students

For Adults:

  • Live folk and bluegrass music
  • Gardening workshops on topics such as medicinal and native plants, growing unusual small fruits, and growing and cooking Asian herbs

The laboratory is a 12-acre garden education site that is an extension of the PSU campus. It provides K-12 students, university students, and community members with hands-on education in sustainable gardening, healthy nutrition, and permaculture

For more on the Learning Gardens Laboratory, go to

For more information, contact John Kirkland, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8794.

Background:Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the largest university in Oregon. PSU's motto is "Let Knowledge Serve the City," and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.