KING CITY, Calif. -

The Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum has received a federal grant to establish a children's garden program in collaboration with a museum in Honduras.

The $65,000 Museums Connect grant comes from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Alliance of Museums. 

It will fund a collaboration with the Casa K’inich Children’s Museum.

The Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum will be partnering with the city of Greenfield and Monterey County’s Cooperative Extension to establish the Common Ground: Connecting Communities through Gardens program.

Program activities will be centered at the Greenfield Community Science Workshop and the garden will be built at San Lorenzo Park. The garden will give local elementary school students an opportunity to be actively engaged in environmental stewardship.

During the garden project, students will establish relationships with children in Honduras, who will be engaged in a similar project at the museum there. The young participants will connect via the internet, through video exchange and as pen pals.