Learning for Families & Children
Please note that, due to COVID-19, changes have been made for this season to help ensure staff and guest safety, including closures of certain amenities and features or cancellations of programming. The information below may not reflect those changes. More information can be found here on our website. Please give us a call at (207) 633-8000 if you have any questions.
At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, inspiring meaningful connections between people and nature is at the heart of everything we do. Families are our favorite visitors here at the Gardens, and there’s always something scheduled to deepen your visit.
Each summer, we host seven week-long camp sessions for ages 4-14. Each camp focuses on a different theme and uses both our cultivated gardens and the surrounding Maine woods for learning and play. Several camps feature an art and photography focus and give campers a chance to learn from acclaimed, professional art instructors.
Click here to access our registration platform; select Summer Camps from the dropdown menu for details.
School Groups & Field Trips
Our gardens are often filled with school groups or visitors from off-site summer programs who come to learn, study, and play in our landscape. If you have a homeschool group, Girl Scout troop, or other group that would like to attend a program here, we’re ready to make special arrangements to suit your needs. Click here for details.
Free Drop-in Programs
During the peak summer season, see the garden come to magical life during Fairy Friday, a half-day celebration with arts and crafts, a bubble machine, and fairy yoga.
Regular summer programming in the Children’s Garden also includes storytime, chicken feeding, and a puppet show. Several times a week we host special programs like Butterfly Investigations and Pond Investigations. Free with admission, these classes require no advance registration—check out our calendar and plan your visit around one of these fun drop-in programs.
Discovery Carts & Discovery Bags
While you’re here, be on the lookout for Discovery Carts stationed throughout the Gardens and featuring interactive opportunities to learn more about the world around you. Stay for a minute or an hour. Want a self-guided experience? Opt for a Discovery Bag, a portable toolkit filled with interactive Gardens activities.
Y.E.S. – Youth Education Stewards
This leadership volunteer program is designed for youths ages 11-18. Youth Education Stewards implement daily educational activities, read stories, complete daily chores, answer questions, and encourage and inspire kids and adults alike to play and learn. Click here for details.