Youth & Family

Programs for children and families include family classes and workshops, and weekend and evening educational events. All programs for children and families are designed to foster an appreciation of nature that encourages a lifelong interest in science and the natural world.  

Click here for The Garden's upcoming Family & Children-related Classes & Events.

Explore The Garden: The Garden's exhibits and seasonal plants are ever changing. Each time you walk the trails, whether alone or with your family or friends, you will discover beautiful new dimensions to our carefully cultivated displays.

Printable Nature Journals:

Download a free nature journal for your next Garden visit. To assemble the journal, print this document on both sides, flipping on the short edge. Afterward, fold the pages together in half with the front and back cover on the outside.  Staple along the edges to secure it.

English Version Here

Spanish Version Here

Scavenger Hunts:

Download one of our scavenger hunts for a collection of seasonal items to find during your visit.

Birding: Best in Winter to see seasonal migrants

General Garden Exploration: Year-round

Photo Hunt: Year-round

Leaves: Year-round

Flowers: Best in Spring

Fruits: Best in Summer

Suggestions to Enhance Your Visit

  • Bring a hand lens (available for sale in The Garden Shop) and binoculars. 
  • Walk quietly if you want to see wildlife
  • Notice the early buds of spring
  • Investigate which types of plants are in full bloom
  • Note which plants have leaves that are changing color
  • See if any plants have lost their leaves
  • Check the ponds for turtles and fish
  • Look for animal footprints, tracks, and droppings
  • See which colored flowers are visited by butterflies, bees, or hummingbirds
  • Look for lizards darting across the rocks
  • In fall, look for gray squirrels busy collecting acorns
  • Check for activity at the "woodpecker pole" near the Arbor Terrace