Online Learning Resources for Families
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is dedicated to offering educational resources for students and their families. These activities and worksheets are available for download and can be used at the Garden, on a walk around your neighborhood, or even your own backyard.
Each week we will feature a new Garden-themed program, featuring lessons, games, and activities for students of all ages.
Links to other education resources and materials
Resources for Parents
Check out these resources on homeschooling during prolonged school closures:
Support for Families from STEM Teaching Tools
Modeled after our field trip and Garden Tots activities, these themed programs feature games, activities, crafts, and lessons for students of all ages. New programs will be added weekly.
Take-home Activity Kits!
These kits bring the Kruckeberg experience to you! Each kits contains an assortment of fun crafts, an activity book, and a few surprises!
Our newest kits are all about DIRT! This week’s activity kits explore the wonderful world hiding beneath our feet! Learn all about soil, compost, worms, roots, and more! Kit includes an activity workbook, seed starting project, and other surprises.
Kits are available for purchase at our online store, order yours today for pick up Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am-3 pm.
2020 Camp Registration now open! Early bird discount through March 1st!
July 6th-10th, 2020 | Friends in the Forest – Do you rely on your pals to get by? So do many other forms of life! Join us during “Friends in the Forest” July 6-10 to learn about the plants and animals that call the forest home and how they rely on each other for survival. This camp is for children entering 1st-3rd grade. This session is full! To add your student to the wait list please email firstname.lastname@example.org
July 13th-17th, 2020 | Backyard Botany – What makes a plant prosper? Join us during “Backyard Botany” on July 13-17 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. This camp is for children entering 4th-6th grade.
July 20th-24th, 2020 | Garden Gumshoes – 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. This camp is for children entering 1st-3rd grade.
“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.”
“My 8 year old daughter attended a week long day camp at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden – Friends in the Forest. She absolutely loved going every day. She enjoyed the trails, gnome and fairy stations, the activities and the leaders.”
“Our daughter absolutely adored Backyard Botany at Kruckeberg this summer. She learned so much, and came home happy and full of amazing nature facts at the end of every day. We loved that she spent all day outdoors learning in the garden with the kind and thoughtful staff. And it meant a lot to me personally to see her develop a deep connection to our native ecology, since it’s something I’m so passionate about as well.”
“My son loved Garden Gumshoes! The park is a wonderful setting for kids to truly explore in an open yet safe environment. I had fun learning about the activities each day and enjoyed reading his journal at the end of camp. We are grateful to have Kruckeberg Park so close to us and to have discovered the camp offerings. We will be back next summer!”
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
2020 Garden Tots Schedule
June 5: Fantastic Flowers
June 12: Brilliant Birds
June 19: Beautiful Butterflies
June 26: Powerful Pollinators
July 3: Leaf Shape
July 10: Plucky Pods
July 24: Ferns
July 31: Trees
August 7: Bugs
August 14: Bark
August 21: Water
August 28: Fruit
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 email@example.com 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