Science, art, games, and friends abound in our week-long outdoor day camps. We will explore the world around us, feeding our curiosity, fueling our imagination, and fostering an appreciation for nature. Early Bird Discount for registering by March 1st. Registration opens January 2019.
FRIENDS IN THE FOREST | July 8-12
Do you rely on your pals to get by? So do many other forms of life! Join us during “Friends in the Forest” to learn about the plants and animals that call the forest home and how they rely on each other for survival. Grades 1-3.
BACKYARD BOTANY | July 15-19
Get ready, detectives! Join us for “Garden Gumshoes” to investigate and explore the natural world, hunting down answers to life’s questions, big and small. Grades 4-6.
GARDEN GUMSHOES | July 22-26
What makes a plant prosper? Join us during “Backyard Botany” for hands-on investigation and discovery of some mysteries of nature! Budding biologists will explore how plants and other living things thrive in various habitats, including right in our own backyards. Grades 1-3.
Drop in anytime between 10 am and 1 pm with your young children every Friday in the summer for a fun nature exploration in this unique, naturalistic garden. Each week we offer a simple plant activity, a themed garden exploration, and a craft project.
$10 per family, free for KBGF Family level members. Ages 3-7.
2018 Tots sessions run from June 8th through August 31st.
August 3: Terrific Trees! What makes them different from other plants? How big or small can they grow?
August 10: Bugs! Creepy crawlies, cool critters, and more. We’re exploring all types of bugs this week.
August 17: Bark! This woody coating comes in all sorts of textures and patterns.
August 24: Water! Learn about the wonderful wet stuff that makes all life possible.
August 31: Fabulous Fruit! Many flowers make fruit! We’ll search for the summer’s bounty and sample a fruit plate.
FIELD TRIPS: PRESCHOOL – 1ST GRADE
We offer a variety of seasonally appropriate field trips for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade groups. Field trips last 60-90 minutes 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