“Love your events for children! My grandchildren love them even more and talk about them weeks later. Great ideas and presentations!”  –Christy Cronin

“Outstanding experience for kids of all ages!”   –Rene Lucena

“This class was not only interesting, but it incorporated art, science, and social cooperation! We loved it.”   –Linda Collado

“We loved our teacher and subject! A great night with just mom and daughter.”   –Kiley Valentas

Little Saplings – Fall Session

  • Every other Tuesday, 10 am
  • October 22, November 5 and 19 and December 3
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Join us for an hour of songs, games, and interactive nature fun. Toddlers (and parents!) will get to learn about the exciting world of gardens in an engaging and educational way. Each week features a new theme with corresponding activities and learning opportunities. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

Fall Leaf Science

  • Thursday, October 24, 6-7:30 pm
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 7 to 11

Join us as we explore why leaves shed their green for more colorful hues in the fall and what makes them green in the first place. We’ll play a game, do an experiment with leaves and make a craft that captures the natural magic of color-changing leaves.

Family Workshop: Art in the Winter Garden

  • Saturday, November 2, 10-11:30 am
  • Member $7; Nonmember $9
  • Best for ages 6 to 10

Learn about artists who use natural materials to make art outdoors, then head outside and do it ourselves. We’ll take photographs of our creations to share with friends and family.

Sprouting Chefs: Holiday Gifts in a Jar

  • Saturday, November 16, 10-11:30am
  • Member $17; Nonmember $20
  • Donna Jung, FCS Extension Educator with Canadian County
  • For families, preferably kids ages 5 and up

Learn how to create simple, thoughtful and tasty Mason jar DIY treats to give as gifts during the holidays. We’ll make a couple of gifts in a jar and sample a few already cooked. All supplies will be provided.

Painting Pots and Planting Herbs

  • Friday, November 22, 6-7:30 pm
  • Member $15; Nonmember $17
  • Best for ages 6 to 12

Families will learn about the indoor herbs to grow during the chilly months to use in tasty holiday meals. Each child will paint an 8” terra cotta pot and plant an herb of their choice to take home. Learn how to take care of our new herb plant and talk about some tasty, healthy ways to use our herbs as they grow.

Family Workshop: Insect Hotels

  • Saturday, November 23, 10-11 am
  • Olivia Dias, Children’s Garden Manager &
  • Ryan Morehead, owner of Bees Excel
  • Member $12; Nonmember $15
  • Best for ages 7 to 11

Join us as we learn how to attract beneficial insects, such as bees, lacewings, and ladybugs to our gardens by providing shelter for them. Participants will go on a nature walk to collect items that they will use to create their very own insect hotel. Each registrant will receive a FREE honey product courtesy of Bees Excel.

Wild Bird Holiday Decorations

  • Thursday, December 5, 6-7 pm
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 6 to 10

Learn about the best ways we can help birds during winter while we make bright and tasty treats for them. We’ll create garlands and outdoor ornaments for the Children’s Garden and our own backyard.

December Drop-Ins

  • Thursday, December 19, 10 am-12 pm
  • Friday, December 20, 10 am-12 pm
  • South Lobby Visitor Center and Garden Classroom
  • All ages welcome

Between 10 am and noon guests will have the opportunity to make a natural ornament, learn about winter plants and animals at the education table, play games, read a holiday book, and embark on a scavenger hunt in the Crystal Bridge and Children’s Garden. Then, make a cup of hot chocolate and join us in the Garden Classroom for more holiday festivities!

Gingerbread House Workshop

  • Friday, December 20, 6-8 pm
  • M $39; NM $45 (includes frosting and candy); additional frosting bags $5
  • All ages welcome. Children ages 8 and under will need chaperone help.

We’ll learn about the flavorful ginger root – where it comes from, how it grows – and then discuss the history of gingerbread. We’ll finish by decorating our fragrant masterpieces. All supplies provided including gingerbread structure, frosting, candies for decorating and a little inspiration if needed.


Reading Wednesday

  • Every Wednesday, 10 am
  • Ongoing Reading Wednesdays
  • South Lobby Visitor Center
  • FREE, Best for ages 2 to 5

Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll start with an interactive song and story, then finish with a craft. Last Wednesdays of the month are with the Downtown Library.