HELP INSPIRE KIDS TO LOVE NATURE!

San Jose’s newest half-acre outdoor learning environment doubles the exhibit space at Children’s Discovery Museum! What an amazing place for families to spend the day exploring, playing, and learning to love the natural world.

“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”
Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

Help instill passion for the environment and science! Show your support for nature education and this very special outdoor play space for our community’s children.

 

 

INVEST IN EARLY SCIENCE LEARNING FOR ALL CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY

By sparking curiosity about the natural world, Bill’s Backyard is a bridge to nature for our community’s children and families. This interactive outdoor learning environment introduces children to the wonders of the nature, cultivating connections with the flora and fauna of our region, and providing endless opportunities for kids to dig, plant, climb, build, and explore the world they live in.

Support nature education and STEM learning by investing early in our community’s children. The Museum’s outdoor learning environment, called Bill’s Backyard in honor of retired Agilent Technologies CEO Bill Sullivan, is enclosed by a beautiful Sculptural Fence. Make a public show of support and creativity through your personalized inscription on one of the fence posts.

 

PUT YOUR STAKE IN THE GROUND!

We invite you to join the 300+ families who have already become Stakeholders, receiving lasting recognition on our beautiful Sculptural Fence.

For a limited time only, this summer you can bundle three or more fence stakes at special rates.

STAKEHOLDER

Your gift of $300 will be recognized with an inscription on one of the fence posts. Whether it’s your own name, or an inscription recognizing your child or grandchild, honoring a friend, or remembering a loved one, your gift will be a lasting tribute to someone who loves children and nature. Or get creative if you like!

MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDER

Are you a three-person family? Get three inscribed fence posts for $800 (a savings of $100).

Four-person family? Get four inscriptions for $1,000 (a savings of $200).

SHOW YOUR CREATIVITY!

Your inscription of up to 49 letters can be someone’s name, but it can also be an opportunity to share inspiring words about children and nature. Here are just a few of the creative quotes we’ve seen already:

For the children of today and tomorrow
Always question, always wonder
Climb Touch Breathe Laugh Dig Soar!

*Inscriptions subject to Museum approval.

Your Stake in the Ground

Our Thanks to You

 

WHY NATURE EDUCATION IS SO IMPORTANT TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Research shows that access to nature is basic to healthy human development, including brain and body development, nutrition and prevention of disease, and general well-being.

Bill’s Backyard invests in the next generation, inspiring environmental stewardship, sparking interest in STEM and the arts, and increasing understanding of sustainability solutions for our region.

 

FEATURES OF BILL’S BACKYARD: BRIDGE TO NATURE

San Jose’s outdoor learning environment at Children’s Discovery Museum makes it possible for today’s children to become tomorrow’s visionaries through exploration of the natural world. Bill’s Backyard provides an entry point to a deeper bond with nature, inviting children to cultivate connections with the earth through outdoor playtime amidst the trees, plants, rocks, waterways, and wildlife.

Features in our outdoor learning environment include:

  1. Tree Climber: Three tall trees connected with sky bridges engage children in climbing, dreaming and seeing the world from a new perspective.
  2. Look Out Tower and Tunnel: A tower on a hill, a tunnel below, and pretend animal homes encourage children to jump, roll and scurry like the animals whose habitats they are exploring.
  3. Jr. Ranger Station: Maps, signs, fossils and touchable animal skeletons orient visitors to the natural features and creatures they will encounter during their visit.
  4. Fort Building: Reeds, grasses, willow branches and flowers encourage children to design, build and create with natural materials.
  5. Dig Pit: A giant pit filled with smooth stones provides busy youngsters with hours of time shoveling, digging, scooping, and relocating gravel, rocks, sand, and dirt.
  6. Dry Creek: A dry creek bed where large, smooth rocks can be stacked, carried and re-arranged creates fun and empowering experiences for children of all ages. Underground collection basins will make this area a water play experience during the rainy season.
  7. Garden: Raised beds where children prepare soil, plant seeds, water and see plants growing help them to understand where their food comes from.
  8. Tree of 40 Fruit: Grafted with 40 different local stone fruit varieties by Artist Sam Van Aken and highlighting scientific and artistic creativity, this innovative tree also provides a storytelling area and shade structure.
  9. Outdoor Pavilion: Complete with solar roof, this outdoor classroom is a versatile and shaded space for facilitated activities and nature investigations.