Learning for Families & Children
Learning for Families & Children

Learning for Families & Children

Explore the garden activities for families and children offered this season by scrolling through the list below or browse by category to the right.


Children’s Garden Daily Activities

Daily, June 12-Sept. 4, 2017
Story Barn, Children’s Garden
Free with Gardens Admission

Join us in the Children's Garden for the following activities:
Storytime - 10 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater - 1 p.m.
Chicken Feeding - 2 p.m.


Family Garden Quest - Five Senses in the Garden

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
June 19-July 31
11-11:45 a.m.
Story Barn, Children's Garden

Join us for a family-friendly guided activity full of exploration and discovery to learn more about the plants and animals that call the Children’s Garden home. Please refer to the schedule below for Garden Quest topics throughout the summer. This activity is led by a member of our Education staff team and families of any size are welcome to attend for one price. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register. .
Five Senses in the Garden - We’ll put our senses to work as we learn how they help us to explore a garden.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 19-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Five Senses in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:Beautiful Birds
August 1-September 4
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Growing a Pizza
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Bugs Galore


Family Garden Quest - Beautiful Birds

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
June 19-July 31
11-11:45 a.m.
Story Barn, Children's Garden

Join us for a family-friendly guided activity full of exploration and discovery to learn more about the plants and animals that call the Children’s Garden home. Please refer to the schedule below for Garden Quest topics throughout the summer. This activity is led by a member of our Education staff team and families of any size are welcome to attend for one price. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
Beautiful Birds - Join us on a quest for our feathered friends as we learn to identify some of our common birds and their songs, how their unique adaptations help them to survive and why they call the garden home.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 19-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Five Senses in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:Beautiful Birds
August 1-September 4
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Growing a Pizza
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Bugs Galore


iNature Photography Workshop (Age 10-13)

with Kimberly Post
Ages 10-13
Tuesday-Friday, June 26-30
9:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Calling all young photographers! Advance your digital photography skills using your iPhone or iPad in this exciting and engaging workshop. Join artist and instructor Kimberly Post on photographic explorations through the gardens and surrounding forests as you learn to capture nature in creative and unique ways. Back in the classroom, work with a variety of editing apps to enhance your photos and create both moving and still images. Each day ends with a group critique as you build your own digital portfolio. The week will end with a gallery-style exhibit for family and friends. Please contact the Gardens if you do not have an iOS device, but are interested in taking this workshop.


Fairy Fridays

Every Friday in July and August
Children’s Garden
Free with Gardens Admission

Fridays in July and August are full of fun at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for little fairies, gnomes, elves, and wood sprites! The Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden is the perfect place for fairy music and dancing on the maze, fairy puppet shows, stories, dress-up, crafts, fairy yoga, games, the Great Bubble Machine and, of course, building fairy houses.

Join us Friday, July 28 and August 25 for a special fairy dancing and music session. Local musician, Sharon Pyne, will be leading fairy dancing and a musical garden parade.

Fairy Friday Schedule:
10 a.m. - Fairy Stories (Story Barn)
11 a.m. - Fairy Yoga (maze)
11:30 a.m. - Fairy Puppet Theater (Story Barn)
12 p.m. - Fairy dancing and the Great Bubble Machine (maze)
2 p.m. - Flower Fairy Walk (Story Barn)
*Fairy crafts will take place throughout the day in the picnic pavilion.


Nature Illustration Camp - Bugs, Blooms & Butterflies (Age 7-11)

with Hillary Parker
Ages 7-11
Monday-Friday, July 3-7
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for birds, bugs and/or butterflies? Naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, will be returning this summer to teach two weeks of theme-based Nature Illustration Camps (see theme descriptions below). Setting out daily to sketch and paint on location throughout the Gardens, students will develop a strong foundation of observation, drawing, and painting skills while creating a portfolio of botanical studies and natural science illustrations using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolors. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to an art reception where our young artists will share their work and present their experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists! All art supplies are included with this camp.

Week 1, July 3-7: Bugs, Blooms and Butterflies - Students will put their investigative skills to work as they collect, study and illustrate some of the smallest critters living in our gardens and the flowers and plants they depend on. Students will also get up close and personal with the Monarch butterflies we are raising at the Gardens.


Nature Illustration Camp - Birds (Age 7-11)

with Hillary Parker
Ages 7-11
Monday-Friday, July 10-14
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for birds, bugs and/or butterflies? Naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist, Hillary Parker, will be returning this summer to teach two weeks of theme-based Nature Illustration Camps (see theme descriptions below). Setting out daily to sketch and paint on location throughout the Gardens, students will develop a strong foundation of observation, drawing, and painting skills while creating a portfolio of botanical studies and natural science illustrations using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolors. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to an art reception where our young artists will share their work and present their experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists! All art supplies are included with this camp.

Week 2, July 10-14: Birds at the Gardens - From songbirds to seabirds and everything in between, students will spend the week becoming familiar with and learning to illustrate the birds that frequent our gardens, forests and tidal river. Using real life bird specimens, such as feathers, bones, skulls and even feet, students will also illustrate some of the unique traits that birds depend on for survival. A special visit from three live owls will provide further inspiration for the week.


Owls of Maine: Habits and Adaptations of Maine's Native Owls

for all ages
with the Chewonki Foundation
Monday, July 10
10 – 11 a.m.

Beginning with slides and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl. Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at three live owls native to Maine, bringing these creatures of the night into the light!


Nature Adventure Camp (Age 4-5)

with Karen Jones
Ages 4-5
Monday-Friday, July 17-21
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Our summer nature camps provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in an outdoor setting, while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take us on adventures throughout the gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, Nature Adventurers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists!


Nature Adventure Camp (Age 6-8)

with Karen Jones
Ages 6-8
Monday-Friday, July 24-28
12:30 - 4 p.m.

Our summer nature camps provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in an outdoor setting, while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take us on adventures throughout the gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, Nature Adventurers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists!

This camp is currently sold out, but please call (207) 633-8000 to be added to our waitlist for this camp.


Garden Explorers Camp (Age 4-5)

with Karen Jones
Ages 4-5
Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden. We’ll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real “dirt” on plants, life cycles, composting, garden critters and more! Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.


Garden Explorers Camp (Age 6-8)

with Karen Jones
Ages 6-8
Monday-Friday, August 7-11
12:30 - 4 p.m.

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden. We’ll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real “dirt” on plants, life cycles, composting, garden critters and more! Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.


Adventure Day at the Gardens! (Age 6-8)

with Erika Huber and Anna DeGloria
Ages 6-8
Wednesday, August 16
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Come and spend a fun-filled day with us at the Gardens! From taking a boat trip down a tidal river to hiking through our extensive woodlands, we’ll explore some of the many things the Gardens has to offer. Young adventurers will spend the day doing hands-on activities and games in the garden, nature challenges, pond studies and even make their own snack right from the garden!


Adventure Day at the Gardens! (Age 9-11)

with Erika Huber and Anna DeGloria
Ages 9-11
Thursday, August 17
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Come and spend a fun-filled day with us at the Gardens! From taking a boat trip down a tidal river to hiking through our extensive woodlands, we’ll explore some of the many things the Gardens has to offer. Young adventurers will spend the day doing hands-on activities and games in the garden, nature challenges, pond studies and even make their own snack right from the garden!


Family Garden Quest - Bugs Galore

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
August 1-September 4
11-11:45 a.m.
Story Barn, Children's Garden

Join us for a family-friendly guided activity full of exploration and discovery to learn more about the plants and animals that call the Children’s Garden home. Please refer to the schedule below for Garden Quest topics throughout the summer. This activity is led by a member of our Education staff team and families of any size are welcome to attend for one price. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
Bugs Galore - From monarch butterflies to hummingbird moths, we’ll search for some of the coolest, most strangest, most beautiful residents in the garden. We’ll discover what sets them apart from one another and what makes them a “good” bug vs. a “bad” bug in our garden.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 19-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Five Senses in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:Beautiful Birds
August 1-September 4
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Growing a Pizza
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Bugs Galore


Family Garden Quest - Growing a Pizza

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
August 1-September 4
11-11:45 a.m.
Story Barn, Children's Garden

Join us for a family-friendly guided activity full of exploration and discovery to learn more about the plants and animals that call the Children’s Garden home. Please refer to the schedule below for Garden Quest topics throughout the summer. This activity is led by a member of our Education staff team and families of any size are welcome to attend for one price. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
Growing a Pizza - We’ll sample the ingredients of a pizza right from the plants they grow on and learn about their life cycle from seed to fruit.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 19-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Five Senses in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:Beautiful Birds
August 1-September 4
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Growing a Pizza
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Bugs Galore