2017 Summer Campers enjoying the Garden, Photo by Ivory House Photography

Youth & Families

Our youth and family programming is designed to engage multiple generations in the Botanical Garden’s mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants.  

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Story Sprouts (recommended ages 2-5)

Join us on Fridays during three seasonal sessions for this fun, interactive story time that explores themes of nature and plants. During each program participants will enjoy stories and an activity based on the week's theme. Story Sprouts is offered 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. and is geared towards children ages 2-5. Click here for more details.

         $3 per child; adults and seniors pay general admission. Members FREE

Family Workshops (recommended ages 4-14)

Looking for something fun to do before kids head back to school? These classes are the perfect opportunity for families to have a creative experience at the Botanical Garden. These hands-on workshops are designed for youth ages 4-14 and an adult to build a take-home project together. Please note one adult is required for every three youth participants. Registration required. Click the times below to register.

Nature JewelryDec 27, 10–11:15 a.m. and 2 – 3:15 p.m. Use an array of natural materials, beads and plants to create wearable art. 

Fairy Gardening, Dec 28, 10–11:15 a.m. and 2 – 3:15 p.m. Join us for a mystical experience and create your own miniature world with plants and other natural materials to attract fairies to your home.

Air Plant Sculptures, Dec 29, 10–11:15 a.m. and 2- 3:15 p.m. Create mobiles, wreaths, or displays in this fun workshop that explores these unusual plants.

Fern String Gardens, Dec 30, 10–11:15 a.m. and 2- 3:15 p.m. Create unique hanging string gardens with the Japanese art of Kokedama. 

Members: $20 Youth/Adult Pair, $15 Additional Youth 

Nonmembers: $25 Youth/Adult Pair, $20 Additional Youth      

Potting Bench Workshops (recommended ages 5-17)

Potting Bench classes are designed for non-school groups, such as Boy and Girl Scouts, 4H and other youth groups, looking for a fun and unique learning experience. Participants will create a hands-on, take-home project during each class. The class offerings available are Terrariums, Mini Succulent Gardens and Zen Gardens. All supplies are included in the cost of registration. Classes require a minimum of 8 people and have a maximum capacity of 20. Classes must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.

  • Terrariums: Learn about terrariums, small-scale ecosystems and the water cycle. Create your own terrarium to take home.
  • Mini Succulent Gardens: This program focuses on desert ecosystems. Design and plant a mini succulent garden. 
  • Zen Gardens: Explore the history of Zen gardens and then create your own to take home.

$15 per youth. Adults within a 1:5 ratio (ages 5-10) or 1:15 ratio (ages 11-17) are free. Additional adults pay general admission.

Add On: Guided tours are available to add on to your Potting Bench program for an additional $5 per youth. 

Youth Tours (recommended ages 3-17)

Explore the beauty of the Botanical Garden with one of our tours. We offer different options for youth groups. Prices and formats vary. All tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. 

Choose from the following:

  • Guided Tour (Groups 10-20, Ages 3-17) - An education staff member will guide your group through the gardens and discuss its history, special plant collections and more. $7 per youth. Adults within a 1:8 ratio (ages 5-10) or 1:15 ratio (ages 11-17) are free. Additional adults pay general admission.
  • Unguided Group Rate (Groups 10-100, Ages 3-17) - Explore the Botanical Garden on your own for a special rate. $5 per youth. Adults within a 1:8 ratio (ages 5-10) or 1:15 ratio (ages 11-17) are free. Additional adults pay general admission.

Reservations and Registering

  • Use our reservation form to reserve a tour or Potting Bench workshop for your group. Please review our Youth Visit Etiquette before completing your reservation form. 
  • You can register online for Family Workshops by clicking the links or call 515-402-4277.
  • To learn about registration, cancellations and our refund policy please see Workshop Reservation.

For questions about any programs please contact the Education Department at education@dmbotanicalgarden.com or at 515.402.4277. 

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