Nature Nights

PHOTO: class in the Sensory Garden

Roam the Garden after hours and uncover the mysteries of nature at night!

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden! Children ages 4 to 10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine.

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Nature Nights: Ready, Set, Garden!
Nature Nights: Ready, Set, Garden!

Saturdays, June 7 or 21, 2014
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Discover what plants need to grow and learn some gardening basics as you plan, plant, mulch, and water in the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden. Then, pot up a plant to grow in your own garden at home.

Nature Nights: Seed Safari
Nature Nights: Seed Safari

Saturdays, July 5 or 19, 2014
5 – 7:30 p.m.

From packing for your trip to identifying the mystery plant, you and your family will experience what it is like to be a plant hunter during this expedition around the Garden. At the end of the night, pot up the mystery plant for your botanical collection at home and share stories of your adventures while eating s’mores around the camp fire.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.


Nature Nights: Leaping Lepidoptera!
Nature Nights: Leaping Lepidoptera!

Saturdays, August 2 or 16, 2014
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Butterflies and moths may look very similar, but there are several differences. Learn how to tell a moth from a butterfly, visit the Hidden Beauty of Moths exhibition, and look for moths and butterflies at the Garden. Then create a Lepidoptera haven to invite butterflies and moths to your yard.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Nature Nights: Harvest Hike
Nature Nights: Harvest Hike

Saturdays, September 6 or 20, 2014
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Experience the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden in the fall and see what happens in a garden at the end of the growing season. You and your child will explore the garden to find unique plants used for food, discuss composting plant material and fall clean-up, and even plant and harvest some veggies to take home.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.