10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Weather and Staff availability permitting.
From summer fun to autumn cool – there are wonders to explore as the seasons change!
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.
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.)
October: It's scarecrow season! Celebrate harvest time with cornstalks and pumpkins. Measure pumpkins, sit on a bale of hay, and, on Saturdays, you can make your own scarecrow to take home. (Bring old clothes from home for a personalized creation!)
November: Harvest Mandalas
Celebrate the seasonal changes in the Garden and explore the different patterns you can make with natural materials.
December: Natural Wind Chimes
Explore the sounds of nature. Make a take-home wind chime out of things you might find in the Garden.
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.