Programs & Camps

Our programs for children  inspire lifelong connections to the natural world for all budding scientists, artists, gardeners, and nature-lovers. Kids explore the science and wonder of the natural world through explorations, summer camps, or naturalist programs. There is always something at the Gardens to spark the imagination and add memories and magic to your visit.

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September 22

Budding Naturalist: Fall Insects (Ages 8-14)

Does your child love nature and want to expand their identification skills? In this program geared toward students ages 8-14, participants can join our specialists for weekly, small-group outdoor sessions.

Plants may be slowing down this time of year, but insects are busy preparing for the coming winter. Join us as we visit our apiary with our beekeeper, search for the different stages of butterflies in our many gardens, identify insect mating calls, and dip nets into our ponds to learn about the different winter survival strategies used by our native insects.

Please note: In an effort to keep the group size small, this is a drop-off program. If your child would be more comfortable with you nearby, please contact Erika Huber at ehuber@mainegardens.org before the session to discuss options.

Please bring a face covering to be worn while indoors at the Gardens.

Cost includes admission for child and adult chaperone.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10

September 23

Fall Explorers: Sensational Seeds! (Ages 4-8)

Join our educators this fall for in-person walks to explore nature and experience fall at the Gardens, perfect for ages 4-8. 

Join us as we investigate what exactly plants are up to in the fall. We will search for interesting seeds and seedpods (even some edible ones!), learn about seed dispersal and the lifecycle of a plant, and discover the importance of seeds and their many adaptations! Participants will also make seed bombs to take home.

Please bring a face covering to be worn indoors at the Gardens.

Cost includes admission for child and adult chaperone. Parent participation is optional.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10

September 28

Fall Explorers: Five Senses Walk (Ages 4-8)

Join our educators this fall for in-person walks to explore nature and experience fall at the Gardens, perfect for ages 4-8. 

We will put our five senses to work as we wind our way through the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, experiencing this garden in a whole new way. Participants will be encouraged to sample different herbs and veggies that may be new to them. As a take-home, participants will pot up a mini herb garden to enliven their senses at home.

Please bring a face covering to be worn indoors at the Gardens.

Cost includes admission for child and adult chaperone. Parent participation is optional.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10

September 29

Budding Naturalist: Wild Edibles of the Fall (Ages 8-14)

Does your child love nature and want to expand their identification skills? In this program geared toward students ages 8-14, participants can join our specialists for weekly, small-group outdoor sessions.

Fall is a great time to forage for wild edibles as plants mature and offer us a tasty bounty of seeds, berries, mushrooms and more. Local forager and restaurateur, Nikaline Iacano, will lead participants through the Gardens and surrounding woodlands in search of wild edibles to enjoy and identify. Bring your taste buds and a sense of adventure! We will end the session by making a tea with some of our finds.

Please note: In an effort to keep the group size small, this is a drop-off program. If your child would be more comfortable with you nearby, please contact Erika Huber at ehuber@mainegardens.org before the session to discuss options.

Please bring a face covering to be worn while indoors at the Gardens.

Cost includes admission for child and adult chaperone.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

Instructor: Nikaline Iacano

Cost: $10

October 6

Budding Naturalist: Mosses and Mushrooms (Ages 8-14)

Does your child love nature and want to expand their identification skills? In this program geared toward students ages 8-14, participants can join our specialists for weekly, small-group outdoor sessions.

They might be small, but mosses and mushrooms play a pig part in keeping our forests healthy. They also love the fall weather, so join us on our search to identify them in our Maine woods. Participants will learn what makes them so special and all about their similarities and differences.

Please note: In an effort to keep the group size small, this is a drop-off program. If your child would be more comfortable with you nearby, please contact Erika Huber at ehuber@mainegardens.org before the session to discuss options.

Please bring a face covering to be worn while indoors at the Gardens.

Cost includes admission for child and adult chaperone.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $10

October 7

Fall Explorers: Five Senses Walk (Ages 4-8)

Join our educators this fall for in-person walks to explore nature and experience fall at the Gardens, perfect for ages 4-8. 

We will put our five senses to work as we wind our way through the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, experiencing this garden in a whole new way. Participants will be encouraged to sample different herbs and veggies that may be new to them. As a take-home, participants will pot up a mini herb garden to enliven their senses at home.

Please bring a face covering to be worn indoors at the Gardens.

Cost includes admission for child and adult chaperone. Parent participation is optional.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10

October 12

Fall Explorers: Sensational Seeds! (Ages 4-8)

Join our educators this fall for in-person walks to explore nature and experience fall at the Gardens, perfect for ages 4-8. 

Join us as we investigate what exactly plants are up to in the fall. We will search for interesting seeds and seedpods (even some edible ones!), learn about seed dispersal and the lifecycle of a plant, and discover the importance of seeds and their many adaptations! Participants will also make seed bombs to take home.

Please bring a face covering to be worn indoors at the Gardens.

Cost includes admission for child and adult chaperone. Parent participation is optional.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10

October 13

Budding Naturalist: Fall Foliage (Ages 8-14)

Does your child love nature and want to expand their identification skills? In this program geared toward students ages 8-14, participants can join our specialists for weekly, small-group outdoor sessions.

For trees, fall is a time of beautiful and dramatic changes. During this session, participants will learn handy tricks for remembering both the coniferous and deciduous trees of the Maine woods, gain an understanding of the science behind fall foliage, and learn an experiment they can perform at home.

Please note: In an effort to keep the group size small, this is a drop-off program. If your child would be more comfortable with you nearby, please contact Erika Huber at ehuber@mainegardens.org before the session to discuss options.

Please bring a face covering to be worn while indoors at the Gardens.

Cost includes admission for child and adult chaperone.

Location: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10