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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Family Workshops (for ages 4-17 and an adult)

Saturday, May 12, 2-3:15 p.m.

  • Carnivorous Plant Terrariums: Bugs beware! Learn about the marvelous and mysterious world of carnivorous plants and how to take care of them. Decorate and plant your very own terrarium of these curiously dangerous plants.              

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Sunday, May 13th 1-2:15 p.m. 

  • Flower Crowns & Scepters: Celebrate Mother's Day by learning about a variety of flowers and then creating handmade flower crowns and wands with your little prince or princess.   

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    Members $20 Youth/Adult Pair, $10 Additional Youth

    Nonmembers $25 Youth/Adult Pair, $15 Additional Youth

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. 

Summer Camp 2018

A day camp designed for children ages 6 to 10 to explore the natural world through the lens of their  favorite activities. Using the gardens as unique classrooms, children are inspired to create and explore with hands-on activities. Guest speakers from a wide range of expertise will also participate. 

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dates and Themes:

June 18-22: Outdoor Explorers  

June 25-29: Theater Sprouts

July 9-13: Junior Botanists

July 16-20: Budding Chefs

July 23-27: Garden Artists

July 30-Aug. 3: Green Thumbs

Aug. 6-10: Magic in the Garden

Aug. 13-17: Young Naturalists

Price (per child, per week): Members $210, Nonmembers $250

Price includes camp T-shirt, daily snack, supplies for all activities, and multiple projects to take home and enjoy.

Online registration for all camps closes 10 days prior to start date.

Camper Information Form 

Summer Camp Policies

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. 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.
  • Succulent Dish Gardens: This program focuses on desert ecosystems. Learn about succulents and then design and plant a desktop desert. 
  • Fairy Gardens: Celebrate gardening on a small scale and draw inspiration from fairies, gnomes and sprites to create your own miniature garden.

$20 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, Offered Sept.-May) - An education staff member will guide your group through the gardens and discuss its history, special plant collections and more. $7 per youth. 
  • Discovery Tour (Groups 20-100, Ages 6-17, Offered June-Aug.) - Education Staff member will guide participants through the gardens and engage the group in demonstrations and activities. $7 per youth.
  • Sensory Tour (Groups 20-100, Ages 3-5, Offered June-Aug.) - Designed for Pre-K and Kindergarten age youth to explore the Botanical Garden in a series of activities engaging the senses guided by education staff. $7 per youth. 
  • Unguided Group Rate (Groups 10-100, Ages 3-17, Offered all year) - 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 Potting Bench workshop or Youth Tour for your group. Please review our Youth Visit Etiquette before completing your reservation form. 
  • To learn about registration, cancellations and our refund policy please see Workshop Reservation.

For questions about any programs please contact the Youth Education Coordinator at education@dmbotanicalgarden.com or at 515.402.4273. 

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