Kids of all ages can explore habitats and learn about garden wildlife in the Discovery Garden.
This immersive landscape—created especially for the Garden’s youngest visitors—encourages children to explore nature through hands-on experiences as they investigate plants and animals in different habitat spaces.
Winding intimate paths lead through a meadow of tall native grasses and flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Raised boardwalks and platforms allow kids to get up close to leafy tree canopies in the woodland, and a circuit of split logs and boulders takes visitors throw a rich and diverse marsh habitat.
Upcoming Discovery Garden Programs
Wednesdays & Fridays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | March 8–June 16
Pot up a plant, create a craft, read a story, and use your senses to explore nature at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for early learners. Learn More about First Discoveries
School Group Visits: Discovery Carts
Thursdays, April 6–June 15 (except April 13) | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Preregistration Required
Use real science tools as you explore plants alongside Discovery Docents at our hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden. Learn More about School Group Visits: Discovery Carts
Family Gardening Hours
Single session in April, June, or September | Preregistration Required
Join educators at activity stations throughout the Children’s Garden during this new, one-time class for kids of all ages and their caregivers Learn More about Family Gardening Hours
Family Discovery Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. April 15–June 11 | No programs May 27 &28
Learn and play together in the Discovery Garden. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Learn More about Family Discovery Weekends
Spring Family Story Time
Sundays, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, 2023 | 10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Read garden-inspired stories alongside BBG volunteers. Different winter themes each month; drop in anytime during program hours to join in. Learn More about Spring Family Story Time
Discovery Garden Early Opening for Children and Families of All Abilities
Saturdays, May 13, June 10, September 16 & October 14, 2023 | 9–11 a.m. | Preregistration Required
Explore the garden at your own pace and participate in multisensory activities at facilitated stations. Learn More about Discovery Garden Early Opening for Children and Families of All Abilities
Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Reproduction in the Temperate Zone
June 11, 2023 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Join naturalist Bradley Klein to observe the birds and the bees. Learn More about Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Reproduction in the Temperate Zone
How did snapdragons get their name? What does an onion flower look like? What kinds of flowers do hummingbirds like? Visit the Discovery Garden and learn the answers to these questions!
Bloom Alert: Discovery Garden
What Are Pussywillows, Anyway
Learn About Animal Nests and Build Your Own
Major Supporter, Discovery Programs
Presenting Sponsor, For the Birds