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Amanda Thomsen

Amanda Thomsen is the author of “Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You” and the newly released “Backyard Adventure: 51 Wild Ways to Play”. A blogger and educator, Amanda brings a sense of humor and unconventional perspective to gardening. You can find her at


Enter for a chance to win
your Backyard Adventure starter kit!


Prize includes: a copy of Amanda’s
book “Backyard Adventures”,
tree stumps, log slices,
and a discovery toolkit.

Raffle tickets will be sold
at the program.

This event is canceled
due to low enrollment.

June 22


Maine Park - Multi-Purpose Room

2701 W. Sibley St.

Park Ridge, IL 60068


Studies show that outdoor play helps develop critical thinking skills, creativity and social interactions. Give kids the freedom and space to explore nature and indulge in free play with inspirational ideas from author and unconventional landscape designer Amanda Thomsen. Discover creative, low-cost, and more importantly, easy ways to turn parts of your backyard into a nature-based play place that connects kids with the outdoors and taps into their imaginations. Forget swing sets! Think secret hideaways, art studios, kitchens, theaters, and more that will encourage children to think outside the box, develop creativity, and see nature as the best playground ever.

Fee: $10 per household
(This program is geared towards adults.)

Register online with credit card. To pay by cash or check please contact Margaret Holler at 847-692-3346 or

Proceeds from this event support the Park Ridge Friends of the Parks’ capital campaign to construct an outdoor nature classroom at Maine Park.

This program is hosted by:
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