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Kids' Garden

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Weather and Staff availability permitting.

Springtime is here and the Garden is bursting with possibilities! Come on out and see what the season has in store for the Kids’ Garden.

The Kids’ Garden is a real working garden where seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown.  Venture outside to see what is sprouting in the ever changing beds. 

Rainy Day Plan

We will be staying open during the winter months. What should you do if it sprinkles outside? Come on out! Take a walk thru the winter garden and enjoy the clean smell of rain.

Garden Activities

Morning Chores (first hour of the garden-day)

Check it out! Help us with our garden chores on Tidy Tuesdays, Wormy Wednesdays, Thursty Thursdays, Farmer Fridays, or Sensational Saturday and Sundays. Learn what it takes to keep a garden growing healthy and green.

Afternoon Specials (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

February: Take-home Bird feeder
Have you ever wondered what the birds eat during the bare winter months? Come out and make a take-home bird feeder and keep your backyard birds happy!

March: Flower Art
Spring is coming! Celebrate the changing seasons in the Garden by creating art with dried flowers.

April: Cloud Crowns
Put your head in the clouds! Learn about different cloud formations by making a cloud crown you can wear.

Watering the Garden (last hour of the garden-day)

A favorite with all of our younger gardeners: come grab a watering can and help us keep our Garden growing green and strong.

Visit CDM's Buzzing Bee Hive

CDM's bees are the happiest bees in town! Come check it out.

Want to know some fun facts about worker bees?

The worker bee is the backbone of the hive. The majority of the hive population consists of worker bees, who do the majority of the work required to maintain the colony, including housekeeping, working in the nursery, attending to the queen, building the comb, protecting the hive, and more. Like the queen, all workers are female bees. The worker bee lives for approximately 6 weeks during the colony's active season, and works hard the whole time to care for the hive.

The Kids’ Garden gives children the opportunity to explore the natural community of which they are all members.  While they explore the world outdoors, children develop appreciation for living things and the environment.  They learn how their actions affect the planet and how they can be positive stewards of the Earth.

Children have the chance to discover where the foods they eat come from before they end up in the grocery store.  Research shows that when children participate in growing their own food, whether at home or at school, they eat more fruits and vegetables and are more willing to try new foods.

Gardens are about science and nature, but also about art and beauty.  The Kids’ Garden offers daily science and art activities inspired by nature, using natural materials.  Activities rotate seasonally and have included water exploration, seed planting, newspaper seed pots, and wildflower jewelry.




Teachers

Standards

Group Visits

Kid's Garden Exhibit Guides
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3

Resources
Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy

Gardening Wizardry for Kids, by Patricia Kite



Parents

Programs
Garden Activities

Resources
Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy

Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv



Children

Resources
Potato, by Barrie Watts

The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, by Jerry Pallotta

Eating the Alphabet, by Lois Ehlert

Gardening Wizardry for Kids, by Patricia Kite