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Forty Carrots ‘Partners In Play’ at Marie Selby Gardens Botanical Gardens

Sep 28, 2014 07:57PM

Families will soon have one more reason to join the popular Forty Carrots “Partners In Play classes at the Sarasota County libraries – a chance to explore the rainforest at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

     Partners In Play, a free parenting education class offered weekly at local libraries, provides parents with support and information about early childhood development, while creating an enriching learning environment for children. 

     Starting this fall, Forty Carrots will bring their Partners In Play program to the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden one Saturday every month.  Families, attending the library program, will be offered free vouchers to the monthly class, which includes free admission to Selby Gardens.

      “Children are born natural scientists, who are curious, ready to learn and engage their senses,” says Christina Rodrigues, Forty Carrots Parenting Program Director. “The gardens offer an opportunity for outdoor play and the chance to explore and investigate nature, which is a great opportunity to introduce language and literacy.”

     Every month, a different library class will be invited to join the fun at Selby Gardens. For many of the families, this class will offer their first opportunity to visit the new Children’s Rainforest Garden.

      According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, children are more imaginative, creative and cooperative when they have opportunities to play outdoors (Burdette & Whitaker 2005). They also experience less stress and are more able to focus their attention when they can go outside and connect with the natural world.

     Forty Carrots Family Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.


Location: Forty Carrots Family Center, 1500 South Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. For more information, phone 941-365-7716 or visit

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