Discovery Youth Garden at the Discovery Center

The Junior League of Fresno, Inc. and The Discovery Center are excited to partner together to build an Edible Garden.  The organic fruit and vegetable garden, will teach children and families from the Central Valley about how produce is grown, the benefits of organic agriculture and healthy nutrition. 

The Discovery Center

  •  The Discovery Center was founded in 1954 as a non-profit educational center, providing residents of the Valley a place to play, learn and experiment with various types of science. The Facility now sits on six acres of land and includes hands on Science Park and museum. Children from five different counties use the Discovery Museum as field trip destination. There, they have the opportunity to explore; space, natural sciences, music, electricity, Native American artifacts and much more. The Discovery Centers goal has always been to create, “hands on science experiments at their best”.

Partnering with the Junior League of Fresno

  • Three years ago the Junior League of Fresno decided to partner with the Discovery Center, with the vision of creating a beautiful, self-sustaining garden.  The garden is going to add a whole new diminution of learning opportunities for local children. The goal of this partnership is to create a garden that teaches parents and children about healthy eating choices, where our food comes from, sustainable gardening and fully functioning eco-systems.
  • Mary Ellen Wright, Director of the Discovery Center, imagines that they will be able to create over 1,000 new lesson plans for visiting children, all centered on the garden. Lessons will range on topics from: California plants, migratory birds, water conservation, soil and worms and how to grow various fruits, vegetables and nuts. 
  • The Junior League of Fresno plans to not only source all materials needed to create this garden but also provide The Discovery Center with everything they will need to run the facility once it is in the ground and thriving.

What are we Doing Now?

  • As of Tuesday September 9, 2014 we broke ground on theDiscovery Youth Garden at the Discovery Center! All of the Junior League of Fresno members will be working alongside amazing volunteers from the community to turn this project into a reality.
  • Jordan from Urban Veggie Gardens has already put in countless hours developing the layout of the site. Jordan has designed a guide that transforms the 60x180 foot space into a beautiful self-sustaining garden. The space even features a chicken coop to create and maintain an ongoing fertilizer supply.

This project will not be possible without the donations and support of incredible community partners. So far the edible Garden has received generous donations of time, money and resources from:

- Bonadelle Homes - Sponsor
- Mid Valley Disposal
- Chavco Tree Triming
- Caglia Demolition
- City of Fresno
- Urban Veggie Garden
- Signmax USA
- Gary Pigg

How Can you Help? We are reaching out to local businesses to seek donations for products and services to develop the garden. To recognize your contribution, the Junior League of Fresno will include your business name on a commemorative sign at the garden, provide complimentary advertising for your business and invite you to the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. 

For more information on how to get involved, please email



Purchase a brick to be placed in the Discovery Youth Garden as a symbol of your support and committment for what we do! Proceeds from these beautiful commemorative bricks will be used to fund future projects of the Junior League of Fresno in our community! 

Junior League of Fresno President 2014-2015, Lindsay Callahan shakes hand with Gary Pigg, President of The Discovery Center

Jordan, our garden Designer from Urban Veggie Gardens walks the site at The Discovery Center

Junior League of Fresno President 2015-2016 Angela Grim- Service with a Smile.

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Junior League of Fresno, Inc.

516 West Shaw Avenue
Suite 200
Fresno, CA 93704
Telephone: (559) 221-2646
Fax: (559) 221-2660