Enabling Garden Programs for Community Groups

Bring your group to Riverwood for therapeutic horticulture, or let us come to you

Enabling Garden programs cover a range of gardening- and nature-based topics and are suitable for participants of all ages and abilities. Plus, we offer tailored programs to suit your group's particular needs. 

Do you work with a group that can't make it to Riverwood? We can bring nature to you through one of our off-site programs.

See our full list of program options below and book your program today.

Hot Chocolate and Wild Birds (on-site) | Up to two hours

Available from January 1 – March 31, 2024
$150 for up to 10 participants (no charge for care givers or assistants)

Participants explore the upper terrace at Riverwood and hand-feed chickadees, then return to our indoor space at Chappell House to warm up with hot chocolate or tea. As an additional hands-on activity, we will create nature mandalas, adding bird seed to entice our feathered friends to visit!

Garden/Nature-Focused Program (on-site) | Up to two hours

Available from April 15 – November 29, 2024
$150 for up to 10 participants (no charge for care givers or assistants)

Hands-on outdoor practical garden and nature programs held in a fully accessible learning space with adaptive tools. Activities include seed starting, flower and vegetable planting, garden care, harvest and fall cleanup, birding, pollinator observations, and tree and plant identification.

Emotional Health-Focused Program (on-site) | Up to two hours

Available from April 15 – November 29, 2024
$150 for up to 10 participants (no charge for care givers or assistants)

These programs are customized for the specific needs and abilities of each group, and are ideal for addressing anxiety, depression, trauma, and bereavement. As well as hands-on outdoor practical garden and nature activities, participants are given opportunities to connect and reflect with nature to enhance their emotional wellbeing.

Therapeutic Horticulture Program (off-site) | One hour

Available year-round
$175 for up to 10 participants (no charge for care givers or assistants)

Let us bring the wonders of Riverwood directly to you! Our off-site programs are based on the same principles of therapeutic horticulture utilized at our on-site programs, and are a convenient way to connect with nature for individuals who may not be able to make it to Riverwood.

Customized Small Group Program (on-site) | One hour

Available year-round
$75 for up to three participants (no charge for care givers or assistants)

These small group sessions with our Therapeutic Garden Coordinator are ideal for individuals who could benefit from additional hands-on guidance. We can customize our programs to fit individual needs and interests.

To enquire about booking a Customized Small Group Program, please email our Therapeutic Garden Coordinator, Kerry Furneaux.

Cancellation Policy

When a program must be cancelled by The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) or the school, for instance in the case of inclement weather, bus cancellations, or illness, TRC and the school will attempt to re-schedule. Inclement weather includes, but is not limited to thunderstorms, high winds, flooding, and temperature extremes.

TRC must receive notice of a program cancellation at least two weeks in advance of scheduled program. A cancellation charge of 50 per cent of the program fee will be applied when less than two weeks of notice is provided.

If technical difficulties on the day of the event lead to program cancellation, every effort will be made to reschedule, and no cancellation fee will be charged.

Program Booking and Payment

Complete the form below to book your Enabling Garden program. Please note that separate forms must be submitted for each program you wish to book for your group.

After submitting your form, we will contact you at the email address you provided with details on your program. You must reply to that email to confirm your booking. Unconfirmed booking requests will be held for two weeks. After that time, the requested dates will be released. Please note that a pre-program planning call may be required before we can confirm a program booking; we will contact you to arrange a call if necessary.

TRC will send an invoice to your organization after the delivery of your requested program(s).