Children's Garden & Education
Young Buds for Pre-school Groups
Explore the wonders of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden throughout every season! Young Buds programs incorporate Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning into story time, hands-on activities, exploration, and creative play.
Class size is limited to 20. To reserve programs, please contact the registrar at 804-262-9887 x 322 or x320.
School year (Sept 3, 2013 - June 13, 2014): Monday-Friday 10 or 11am
Summer (June 16 - Labor Day): Monday-Friday 9, 10, or 11am
2013-14 Young Buds Preschool Programs
Trees in Winter | November - December 2013
Why do some trees shed their leaves while others keep them year round? While walking through the Garden, students compare the shapes, smells, and colors of trees. Children will collect a variety of leaves and natural materials on our exploration and make a fragrant evergreen sachet to take home.
Winter Adaptations | January - February 2014
How do plants and animals survive chilly Virginia winters? After a fireside story, students bundle up and head out to collect natural materials such as nuts, leaves and twigs to create a cozy animal home to take back to the classroom.
Sprouts in Spring | March - April 2014
As buds emerge from bare branches and colorful flowers burst from the beds, students discover the sights and smells of the early spring garden. Participants will transform a plain twig into a colorful spring flower bud branch to take home.
Bees and Blooms | May - June 2014
Using a "bee's eye view," children buzz from flower to flower to explore pollination and discover the important role bees play in the development of fruits and seeds. Participants learn the "bee dance," search for pollen, and use beeswax and petals to make a fragrant sun catcher for the classroom.
Forest Friends | July - August 2014
Join us on a shady woodland walk along the edges of the Children's Garden to search for forest animals. We will use our senses to explore the forest, collect natural materials, and create a miniature forest habitat to take home.
Garden Art | July - August 2014
Discover the vibrant colors, interesting shapes, bold patterns, and varied textures of the summer garden! Children build fine motor skills and engage their imaginations as we use natural materials to create beautiful works of art.
Fungus Among Us | September - October 2014
Children observe the funky mushrooms and lichens growing around the Garden and discover how these and other underappreciated decomposers keep a garden healthy. Students will stamp a unique mushroom picture to display at home.
Tree Traffic | November - December 2014
Animal tracks, empty nut shells, and lost bird feathers are among the clues to winter tree travelers. After making binoculars, children search the Garden for signs of animals living among the trees.
Children's Garden Group Information Guide
Our Children's Garden Group Information Guide is REQUIRED reading for any group that wants to book a trip to the garden. It can be accessed here. Below are links to individual sections, but make sure to familiarize yourself with the entire document before booking your class.
- Fees and Payment
- Registration Procedures
- Rescheduling and Cancellations
- Group Visit Policies
- On the Day of Your Visit
- Directions to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden