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 Discovery Cart

Saturdays, May 5-June 2
11 a.m. – noon
Children’s Garden

Come and discover the life cycle of a plant, from seed to fruit. We’ll also learn about plant parts as we dissect a seed and plant something to take home. This is an open activity appropriate for all ages.


Butterfly Investigations

Thursdays and Saturdays, June 14-August 18
11 a.m.

Butterfly House Exhibit

Join us in our new Butterfly House Exhibit as we investigate the lives of the butterflies we’re raising at the Gardens this year. From egg to adult and everything in-between, we’ll search for all stages of a butterfly’s life cycle while also learning to identify the key differences between moths and butterflies.


Pond Investigations

Wednesdays, June 20-August 29
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The pond in our Children’s Garden is teeming with life during the summer months. Discover what creatures call the water their home as we dip nets into the pond while looking for signs of life around the pond’s edge. We’ll explore life cycles, food chains, differences between reptiles and amphibians and the proper handling of our froggy friends. This is an open activity appropriate for all ages.

Free with Admission


iNature Photography Workshop (Age 10-13)

with Kimberly Post
Ages 10-13
Monday-Friday, June 25-29
9:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Discover the creative possibilities of “iPhoneography” as you advance your digital iPhone or iPad photography skills in this inspiring and engaging workshop. Join artist and instructor Kimberly Post on photographic explorations throughout the Gardens. As Kimberly teaches you the basic insights and hidden secrets of photographing nature, you’ll learn to capture the natural world in uniquely creative ways. This year, a special emphasis will be placed on capturing butterflies and caterpillars in our new butterfly exhibit—up-close and in motion. Back in the classroom, work with a variety of editing apps to enhance your photos, creating both moving and still images while building your own digital portfolio. We’ll end the week with a gallery-style exhibit. Please contact the Gardens if you wish to take the workshop but do not have an iOS device.


Nature Illustration Camp with Hillary Parker-LIFE OF A POND (Ages 7-11)

with Hillary Parker
Ages 7-11
Monday-Friday, July 2-6, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Naturalist and internationally award-winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker returns this summer to teach two new week-long, theme-based Nature Illustration Camps (see themes below). Participants will develop a strong foundation in observation, drawing, and painting skills while using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil and watercolors. We’ll conclude each week with a gallery-style reception for family and friends. All art supplies are included with camp tuition.

Week 1 (Ages 7-11), July 2-6: LIFE OF A POND
Join us as we study and explore the life of a pond through the eyes of an artist. Close observation of pond life—such as frogs, turtles, dragonflies, various aquatic bugs and unique plant life—will result in a portfolio of drawings and paintings based on daily explorations and discoveries.


Nature Illustration Camp with Hillary Parker-EDIBLE ART (Ages 9-12)

with Hillary Parker
Ages 9-12
Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Naturalist and internationally award-winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker returns this summer to teach two new week-long, theme-based Nature Illustration Camps (see themes below). Participants will develop a strong foundation in observation, drawing, and painting skills while using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil and watercolors. We’ll conclude each week with a gallery-style reception for family and friends. All art supplies are included with camp tuition.


Week 2 (Ages 9-12), July 9-13: EDIBLE ART
Develop art and cooking skills—all while having fun working in the studio, out in the Gardens and in the kitchen. Students will harvest fruits and veggies, preparing recipes to sample each day as they compile and illustrate their own edible art cookbook. 


Nature Adventure Camp (Age 4-5)

with Karen Jones
Ages 4-5
Monday-Friday, July 16-20
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Our summer camps for nature adventurers provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people eager to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in the outdoors while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take campers on adventures throughout the Gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, these 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 23-27
12:30 - 4 p.m.

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


Garden Explorers Camp (Age 4-5)

with Karen Jones
Ages 4-5
Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3
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, lifecycles, composting, garden critters and more! Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.  


Garden Investigators Camp-A BUG'S LIFE (Ages 6-8)

with Karen Jones
Ages 6-8
Monday-Friday, August 6-10
12:30 - 4 p.m.

Bug lovers unite as we scour gardens, woods and ponds in search of the Gardens’ tiniest residents. Through activities, observations and a special visit from our resident beekeeper, campers will learn about bug lifecycles, their role in nature and the secrets of their survival. We’ll also spend time investigating the lives of caterpillars and butterflies in our new butterfly exhibit. If your child loves all things creepy-crawly, this is the camp for them!


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

with Erika Huber
Wednesday, August 15
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Come and spend a fun-filled day with us at the Gardens! Whether taking a boat trip down a tidal river or 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, playing games in the garden, completing nature challenges and conducting pond studies. We’ll even make our own snack right from the garden!


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

with Erika Huber
Thursday, August 16
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Come and spend a fun-filled day with us at the Gardens! Whether taking a boat trip down a tidal river or 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, playing games in our gardens, completing nature challenges and conducting pond studies. We’ll even make our own snack right from the garden!