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. | September 13–November 3
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
Family Discovery Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | September 16–October 29
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
Fall Family Story Time
Sundays, September 17, September 24, October 1, October 15 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Read garden-inspired stories alongside BBG volunteers. Drop in anytime during program hours to join in. Learn More about Fall Family Story Time
Family Gardening Hours
Single session: Tuesday September 5, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. | Tuesdays September 12 & 26, 4–5:30 p.m. | 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
School Group Visits: Discovery Carts
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | October 3–November 2, 2023 | 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
Discovery Garden Early Opening for Children and Families of All Abilities
Saturdays, May 13, June 10, September 23 & October 21, 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: Wildlife in Winter
December 10, 2023 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Find evidence of the wildlife that sleeps through season and look for the creatures that remain active. Learn More about Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Wildlife in Winter
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!