Summer Sprouts at

Marin Art and Garden Center

Join us for a summer full of garden adventures!

Summer Sprouts is a part-time summer camp that focuses on conservation, nature and fun.

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Dates: June 11–July 25 (no camp the week of July 4)

Tuition: $350/week

Ages: Children who are 2–5 as of June 1 are welcome. Children in diapers are welcome!

Children must have NOT started kindergarten yet to be eligible.

Children will spend their days exploring the Marin Art and Garden Center campus, playing with other children, tending to the garden and enjoying time outside!

Summer Sprouts is run by Garden School teachers and will be held in the Garden School classroom. Children will thrive with both teacher directed and child directed activities, open ended projects and enriching learning environment.

Sign up week-to-week or for the whole summer! Between water play, gardening, projects and playing with other children, your child’s day will be packed with summer fun.

*Please note that Summer Sprouts is a separate program from the Garden School. Acceptance into Summer Sprouts is NOT an acceptance to the Garden School Preschool. Summer Sprouts will end July 25.

Emma Norris

Garden School Director

I was raised in West Marin before going to college at Sonoma State. I currently live in Petaluma with my two dogs and husband.
I worked at a few preschools after college, the most notable being the Coast Guard Child Development Center.
After working in the field for a few years, I took a job as a Preschool Director in Sonoma county, where I worked to create a program that embraced neurodiversity and inclusion in the classroom.
Before joining the Garden School in 2021, I was working in San Francisco directing a preschool of about 60-75 children, ages six weeks to five years, and a staff of 20.

Emma Norris

Garden School Director

I was raised in West Marin before going to college at Sonoma State. I currently live in Petaluma with my two dogs and husband.
I worked at a few preschools after college, the most notable being the Coast Guard Child Development Center.
After working in the field for a few years, I took a job as a Preschool Director in Sonoma county, where I worked to create a program that embraced neurodiversity and inclusion in the classroom.
Before joining the Garden School in 2021, I was working in San Francisco directing a preschool of about 60-75 children, ages six weeks to five years, and a staff of 20.

Karen Payne

Garden School Lead Teacher

I am a Montessori credentialed early childhood educator and have been teaching in preschools for over 25 years. I was born and raised in England and completed my Montessori training in London. I hold an Associate's degree in both Child Development and Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as a BA in Early Childhood Studies and an MA in Education from Sonoma State University. I am currently lecturing at SSU, whilst pursuing a Doctorate degree.
Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, hiking, art, and photography, as well as spending time with my two adult children. I truly believe that an outdoor nature environment helps develop the foundation for a life-long love of learning and inquiry in young children and establishes a deeper understanding of the world that we live in.

IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.

 

Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center