Healthy Cooks


Healthy Cooks
  • SPROUTS COOKING CLUB
  • FARMERS MARKET DEMOS
  • COOKING FOR GROWN UPS
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH
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Healthy Cooks workshops, cooking classes and events reinforce the basics of healthy eating and proper nutrition and link the connections between digging in the dirt, fresh foods, clean water and sustainable habitats for wildlife.

Urban Sprouts Cookery Camp & Garden Club Classes

The Urban Sprouts Cookery Camp & Garden Club is open to children ranging in age from 7 -18 from all socio-economic backgrounds. During the informal style cooking sessions, teams of young chefs explore cooking delectable dishes in our purpose-build teaching kitchen using locally grown seasonal produce, dairy and meat products. Recipes with an international twist are the primary emphasis of each cooking session led by a Sprouts Counselor. Participants learn the basics about cooking: skills like using a knife properly and blanching vegetables, and we challenge them too, incorporating more advanced techniques such as wrapping sushi rolls or crafting homemade empanadas. The class size (15) promotes effective group collaboration. Furthermore, it allows the participants to learn from each other as they practice cooking skills, learn improvisation techniques, and hone their confidence in the kitchen. In addition to the inimitable culinary experience gained from the cooking sessions, participants develop their understanding of community service. From talking to the older Sprouts Counselors in the kitchen about service to actually preparing and serving a lunch for a local shelter, each child learns about and practices reaching out to others in their community. Membership in the Urban Sprouts Cookery Camp & Garden Club is free.  Classes are held every Thursday, 3:30pm at the Parks and Recreation Building located on Tyler between 7th and 8th Streets.  Visit our Registration site.

Farmers Market Demos

Staff and volunteers, using whatever is available at the farmers market we are visiting, whip up tasty impromptu dishes to demonstrate how easy it is to cook healthy. Check the calendar to see the farmers market we are visiting this month.

Cooking for Grown-ups!

Hey parents and other older folk, why not come and learn to cook healthy meals together.  We offer evening cookery sessions for adults that are interested in learning how to prepare healthier meals.  This is a great informal activity for groups of friends, families, seniors, men and women –anyone who wants to eat helthier incorporating fresh ingredients. Check the calendar for class nites and what we are cooking.

Community Outreach

We provide training, support and resources to help schools  start a healthy kids cooking club and organizations run a healthy cooking program.  Click here for more information.

A note about the Edible Organic Veggie, Herbs and Berry patches at the Learning Gardens located in Lincoln Park.

We  strive to have the kids harvest as much fresh produce and fruits from the edible gardens at the Learning Gardens for the Urban Sprouts Cookery Camp to use during the cooking sessions. This is the reality for the kids that participate in the camp –they really get to do everything themselves. Several times a year the Urban Sprouts Cookery Camp holds seed-to-table classes at the Learning Gardens.  This class features a guest chef that the kids have the opportunity to cook in the garden alongside! For more information about getting involved with Urban Sprouts Cookery Camp & Garden Club call 956.504.9563




The Rio Bravo Wildlife Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit, established in 2009 as a Massachusetts state non-profit corporation to inspire positive environmental awareness and action. The organization is based in Brownsville, Texas.