“We appreciated the high quality level of science education curriculum offered all week long. Our daughter felt at home all week in an all outdoor camp. The groups were small and this allowed for a lot of one on one learning.”
“My daughter really enjoyed the Friends in the Forest Summer Camp last year. She loves being outside and the setting of the camp was perfect.”
“My child enjoyed making friends and the fun activities…. Every day he had something new to share! The instructors combine science and art in fun and engaging ways.”
Summer camp registration has closed for 2019. Please check back in early 2020 for more information about next year’s summer camps.
Drop in anytime between 10 am and 1 pm with your young children every Friday in the summer (June – August). Enjoy a garden exploration activity and a craft focused on a different nature theme each week. We ask that children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the visit, as this is not a drop-off program. Thank you!
$10 per family, free for KBGF members. Best suited for ages 3-7, but others are welcome.
July 5: Leaf Shape August 9: Bold Bugs
July 12: Plucky Pods August 16: Beautiful Bark
July 19: Lovely Ladybugs August 23: Wonderful Water
July 26: Fantastic Ferns August 30: Fabulous Fruit
August 2: Terrific Trees
FIELD TRIPS: PRESCHOOL – 2ND GRADE
We currently offer a variety of seasonally appropriate field trips for preschool through 2nd grade. Field trips last 60-90 minutes depending on age level and include an introduction, a garden exploration and a related craft project. Cost is $10/child. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit.
You are welcome to visit the garden for free, self-guided tours during regular hours of operation. Space is first-come, first-served and parking is limited. We appreciate prior notice for groups of 10 or more.
AVAILABLE FIELD TRIP THEMES
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden has a naturalistic design, which feels more like taking a walk through the woods than what many expect of a botanic garden. It is a wonderful place to teach children about the different vegetation layers of a forest. Participants will explore the Garden and make their own miniature forest out of twigs, leaves, and other natural materials found on the ground. Seasonal Availability: Year Round
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a feast for the senses! It is a perfect place for young children to learn how to use those senses to explore the natural world. Our sensory walk will take participants through the garden and then everyone will make their own custom scented sachet out of aromatic plants from the garden. Seasonal Availability: Year Round
With an extensive collection of Maples and other fall foliage plants, the Kruckeberg Garden is alive with color in the fall. Why do some leaves change color in the fall? Learn why leaves are green and why some change color and fall off in the fall. Participants will explore the Garden looking for changing leaves and then make their own colorful leaves to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Autumn
SIGNS OF SPRING
The days might still be gray and rainy, but the signs of spring are all around us, if we know how to look for them. Come to the Kruckeberg Garden to watch the natural world start to wake from a long, sleepy winter. Participants will look for early signs of spring, make a newspaper pot, and plant a seed to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Spring
The Kruckeberg Garden sports an amazing array of different types, sizes, and colors of flowers. Learn about the parts of a flower and its purpose as you explore the Garden on a flower treasure hunt. Participants will then make a colorful flower of their own to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Spring & Summer