STERLING, Ill. – Looking for fun in the sun while bonding with your child? The University of Illinois Extension is offering a Parent-Child Gardening Series for youth ages 2 through 5 and their parents to learn about growing vegetables and flowers through hands-on activities.

Produce grown during this program will be used for class tastings and leftover produce will go to participating families.

Classes will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Whiteside County Extension office, 12923 Lawrence Road, Sterling.

Weekly activities are:

  • Seeds and plants, June 12.
  • Soils and compost, June 19.
  • Bees and pollination, July 10.
  • Fruits and vegetables, July 24.
  • Bugs and insects, July 31
  • Caring for living things, and wrap-up activities, Aug. 7

Cost is $15 to cover activity materials. Register online at For more information, call 815-632-3611.


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