Children's Garden & Education
Young Buds for Pre-school Groups
Calendar of Events
Explore the wonders of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden throughout every season! All programs include story time, hands-on activities, and garden exploration.
These delightful, hour-long programs for daycare, preschool, or home school groups are offered mornings, Monday through Friday. We can accommodate up to 20 children per program time. Cost is $9 per child; the minimum group charge is $90. One adult per five children is admitted free. Additional adults are $12. Programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Please call 804-262-9887 x 322 to register.
Program Times (Monday – Friday)
June 16, 2014 – August 29, 2014: 9, 10, and 11am
Sept. 2, 2014 – June 12, 2015: 10 and 11am
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.
Plant Adaptations | January – February 2015
Spikey spines, waxy leaves, and hairy stems! As children weave their way through the Conservatory, they compare and contrast the curious ways plants grow and thrive in several unique environments. After exploring plant needs, participants use their imagination to create a one-of-a-kind plant.
Spring Treasures | March – April 2015
As air temperatures warm, the Garden springs into action! Participants will sing like the birds and stretch toward the sun like the young plants starting to appear. After searching the garden for signs of plant and animal activity, students use flowers to decorate a muslin bag to gather spring treasures.
Pond Dwellers | May – June 2015
As summer heats up, life around the pond is hopping! As they make their way along the water’s edge, students examine plants that eat insects, discover trees with wet “feet”, and search for critters. While creating their own fish print, children will learn the parts of a fish, practice fine motor skills, and document their pond adventure!
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.