Not sure what year this is but this is what used to be on what is now Snowberry Park!
This small playground is located in the West Town Community. The park features a playground, swings, spray pool and community garden. It is an active community park.
While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Commercial Park for recreation in the gym. History In 1970, the Chicago Park District identified a .16-acre property for playground development in the heavily-industrialized West Town community. Using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds, the park district acquired the site in 1973 and soon replaced the vacant lot's single basketball standard with a shaded playground and a small spray pool. Recent improvements include a soft surface playground and ornamental iron fencing. Following its then-common practice of naming parks for plants and trees, the park district designated the site Snowberry Park in 1974. The snowberry is a handsome shrub bearing small, pinkish flowers and white berries.
Not sure what year this is but this is what used to be on what is now Snowberry Park!
As summer days wane, here are a few more activities you can do from home!
Seeds Are Everywhere!
Discuss seeds and how plants produce seeds to propagate themselves. Look for seeds in the environment: acorns near an oak tree, seeds at the base of a marigold flower, for example. Dissect an apple, orange, peach, etc. and take a look at the seeds within.
Purchase sunflower seeds at the supermarket and perhaps a bunch of sunflowers. Make the connection between the sunflower seeds that we eat and the seeds at the center of the sunflower. What other seeds do we eat? Pumpkin, flax, sesame, and poppy are some examples.
The Ants Go Marching
Ants are fun to study even if we’re not fond of them on picnics! Encourage your child to observe the comings and goings of ants they find on the sidewalk or in the back yard. They may even find some ants carrying crumbs to their colonies.
Have fun singing “The Ants Go Marching One by One” and then make a special treat—“Ants on a Log.” You’ll need celery (the log), either peanut butter or cream cheese, and raisins (the ants). Spread the peanut butter or cream cheese on the celery stalk and sprinkle with raisins. Enjoy!
Here is an activity that will help your child understand how seeds germinate or sprout. Take three or four dry beans such as lima beans and place them in a baggie with a moist paper towel. Keep the paper towel moist but not soggy. Place in a light area but not in direct sun. Check the baggie every day. Soon you’ll see a sprout emerge from each bean and eventually some roots. You can use other seeds and beans for this experiment. Which seeds sprout the fastest?
More Spouting Fun
Here’s a fun activity that will encourage your child to use his or her observational skills. Take the top half of a carrot (unpeeled) and insert two or three toothpicks into the side of the carrot about an inch from the top of the carrot. Immerse ¾ of the carrot in a glass of water. In a few days, the top of the carrot should sprout some leaves and roots should begin to grow in the submerged part of the carrot. You can also try this activity with a half-potato (unpeeled). Change the water when it gets funky. Caution: the leaves that sprout are inedible!!
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Take an egg carton, preferably one made of cardboard. Cut it in half lengthwise. Have your child use paint or markers to decorate the “caterpillar.” Add googly eyes (you can substitute raisins) and pipe cleaners or toothpicks for antennae. Act out the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and discuss how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly.
We are happy to share a series of simple lessons you can do at home since Green Team Growers had to take a break!
Leaves, Stems, Roots, or Flowers???
When you eat a vegetable, which part or parts of the plant do you eat? Using the produce in your refrigerator, begin a discussion with your child about which parts of each vegetable we eat and which parts we discard.
For example, for carrots and turnips we eat the root. We discard the stems and leaves. In the case of celery, we eat the stems (stalks) and sometimes we use the leaves in a soup. Spinach and lettuce—the leaves. And for broccoli, we eat the stems and flowers (florets).
After this discussion, continue the activity on your trips to the supermarket!
Green Team Growers will take a break this summer however we do plan to create some virtual gardening lessons you can do at home! Look for posts early July!
While the park and playground is closed we look forward to welcoming everyone once this passes! We plan to have clean ups and Green Team Growers! But for now hang tight and stay safe!
Please join us on Sunday 10/13 for a Fall Fest and Park clean up from 3-5pm!
Green Team Growers has ended for the season, we had a great time! check out a few photos from our last few sessions, see you next spring! Stay tuned for details on our fall clean up!!
A few photos from our last session on Butterflies!
We had a great time this past Monday at snowberry learning about bugs!
We had a great first Green Team Growers session, be sure to join us for our next session on 6/3 at 4pm!
We got our clean up in just in time before the rain and snow, thanks to all who came and helped!
It's spring and Snowberry is about to get busy! Please join us 4/27 at 9am for the annual Earth Day clean up and find a new Green Team Growers schedule here. Hope you can join us!
Please join us 10/21 at 3pm for our Fall clean up and fall fest!
Join us for our last Green Team Growers of the season on 8/27 at 4pm!
Please join us for a late summer clean up, August 12, 9-10:30am. BYO brooms - we will be sweeping and weeding!
Before (2012) and after (2018) pictures of the perennial garden at Snowberry, what a change! Thank you CPAC, Community Garden Branch of the Chicago Parks Department and all of our volunteers!
Green Team Growers release butterflies at Snowberry!
We had a great first Green Team Growers! Be sure to join us this coming Monday the 25th at 4 for our next session.
Thank you to all our volunteers who made our Earth Day clean up a success! The park looks ready for spring!
A reminder of our Earth Day Clean up this Saturday 4/21 from 9-11am! BYO brooms!
Our Green Team Growers schedule is here, starting May 21st!
It's that time of year again, please mark your calendars for our annual Earth Day clean up, Saturday April 21st 9am-11am. Please bring your own brooms and dust pans! We will have coffee and donuts and a lot of mulch to spread!
Also stay tuned for our Green Team Growers schedule.
Friends of the Parks' Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean Up and Celebration began 29 years ago as a way to engage communities in their local parks and forest preserves. Today, FOTP partners with a multitude of other groups including: Friends of the Forest Preserves, Chicago Park District, and Forest....
Please join us for winterfest on 12/3 from 3-4pm where we will have cocoa and cookies and decorate the park for the holidays!
We had a great fall fest! Stay tuned for details on our winterfest in December!
A reminder to join us this Sunday, October 1st for fall fest! Come clean up at 4pm and stay for cider and donuts!
Our last Green Team Growers of the season was a hit!
Please join us on Sunday October 1st at 4pm for Snowberry's Annual Fall Fest where we will decorate the park and clean it up before the cold!
Our last session of GTG was a big hit tasting veggies! Please join us for our last session of the season on 8/28 at 4pm!
Ladybugs 2017, everyone had a lot of fun releasing ladybugs into the garden! Please join us at our next session on August 7th at 4pm!
Although we were rained out of our last session we are still on for July 24th at 4pm! Take a look at a few photos from our last two sessions learning about herbs and planting seeds!
Thanks to all who joined for our first great session of GTG where we learned about compost and worms!
Please join us this coming Monday May 22nd for the first session of Green Team Growers at 4pm where we will learn about compost and worms! Also mark your calendar for a quick clean up of Snowberry on Sunday May 28th from 10-11 am!
Our Spring/Summer Green Team Growers schedule is here! Mark your calendars for our first clean up on Saturday April 22nd at 9am!
See you in April - stay warm!
Please join us on Sunday, December 4th from 4-5pm for holiday festivities at Snowberry - we'll have hot cocoa and decorate the park!
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