Children's Garden & Education

Young Buds Field Trips for 3-5 Year Olds


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) 9, 10, and 11am

Plant Adaptations | January – February

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

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

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!

Worms at Work | July August

Dig into fun as we explore wiggling worms and the wonderful work they do underground to keep our garden healthy.  Preschoolers will explore worms in the compost and visit the Farm Garden to harvest and taste vegetables that grow bigger because of these important decomposers. Each student will create a worm finger puppet to extend the learning at home.


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.