Kids’ Garden

The Kids’ Garden will be undergoing some big changes as the Museum begins developing and prototyping in preparation for Bill’s Backyard, the expanded Garden slated for opening Summer, 2017.

While the Garden is closed you may be invited outside to try out some of the wonderful new exhibits being developed. The Garden will go back to its daily schedule in mid-June, 2016.

You’ll find out about how seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown.Visit on Wormy Wednesdays to find out about worms and composting, or stop by any day to check out the buzzing bee hive. Come by for special afternoon activities such as making your own wind chime or garden bracelet.

What to do if it sprinkles? Take a stroll and enjoy the clean smell of rain.

Investigate the World Outdoors

Gardens are about science and nature, art and beauty. They are a link with the natural world.

Children step out into the garden and explore the world outdoors, developing an appreciation for living things and the environment. They can learn how their actions affect the planet and how they can be positive stewards of the Earth.

Experiences in the garden introduce your child to growing, composting, and the world of natural materials. Children have the chance to discover where the foods they eat come from. 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.

Bees are treasured residents of our garden, and you’ll want to have a look. Here are some fun facts about bees: The majority of the hive population consists of worker bees. Like the queen, all workers are females, and they live for approximately 6 weeks during the colony’s active season. Worker bees are the backbone of the hive, doing most of the work to maintain the colony, including housekeeping, working in the nursery, attending to the queen, building the comb, protecting the hive, and more.

Daily science and art activities inspired by nature rotate seasonally. Examples include water exploration, seed planting, newspaper seed pots, and wildflower jewelry.