The Oasis in Connersville. Staff photo by Matt Sharp
The Oasis in Connersville. Staff photo by Matt Sharp
Discover Connersville is focused on improving downtown Connersville and one way is by continuing to expand and grow the Oasis, literally and in increasing their volunteer pool and programs.

“Last year, they added a children’s garden called ‘Oasis Little Sprouts’ and have been sponsoring and partnering with other organizations to bring garden, nutrition, fitness, and fun programs to downtown,” Rhonda Friend said. “The Oasis is planted and there are about 30 volunteers including children who water, weed and harvest the garden every day. Earlier this spring, children planted buckets of asparagus beans, onions, a raised bed with finger radishes, spinach, round carrots, and peas. Children are known to eat more vegetables when they have opportunity to grow, harvest and prepare them.”

This coming week Discover Connersville, through “Oasis Little Sprouts”, is hosting a mini camp every day. There will be five days of fun with new themes every day. This program is a collaboration with the Fayette County Library, LifeGrowth, Rotary and River Ride Mini Ranch (Equine Assisted Learning). Programs include birds, insects, vegetables/fruits, and equine assisted learning. Each day will have a lesson, activities, games, and snacks.

Every third Saturday of each month through October at 10 a.m., there will be programs for children with variety of activities and games.

“Stop by the Farmer’s Market and then walk over and join them,” Friend said.

Oasis Little Sprouts, sponsored by Firefly Children and Family Alliance, joined Celebration in the Ville and provided goody bags to 96 children and gave away two grocery gift cards. There were about 300 visitors who came, and children painted rocks, made butterflies, played games and were able to take selfies by the butterfly murals using garden themed photo props.

“If you want to volunteer your time, talents or make contributions to the Oasis or ‘Oasis Little Sprouts’, reach out to Discover Connersville. You can find them on Facebook. They will be building a gazebo/stage for outdoor movies, music, and other activities this year. They welcome those who want to do programs and have been part of ‘Science Isn’t scary’, ‘out and about’ and literacy programs in collaboration with the library. Discover Connersville invites you to come join us and help us grow.”

The camp is currently full but if you would like to volunteer, please contact Discover Connersville on their Facebook page.
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