Activities and Resources

Explore the World of Plants at Home

Learning about nature doesn’t have to end when you leave the Garden! We’ve created these activities and games below to keep your family engaged with the world of plants between visits.

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Downloadable Activities and Resources

Drive-by Tree Tour

This fall, enjoy a drivable tree tour featuring historic, unique and large trees in Des Moines and the surrounding area. Most of the trees can be seen from your car from a safe distance on the road, but there are a few in public places that you can walk to.

Many thanks to the Brenton Arboretum and Trees Forever for providing many of the trees listed and to Mark Rouw for searching out and sharing large trees across the state. Many of the trees are located on private property; trespassing is forbidden.

TRY THE DRIVE-BY TREE TOUR

Leaf Pigment Chromatography

You know that leaves change color in the fall, but do you know why? Learn about the pigments in leaves and why they turn yellow, orange or brown.

DOWNLOAD LEAF PIGMENT CHROMATOGRAPHY

Sit Spots: Nature Journal

Learn about sit spots on the Dig Deeper Blog, then download this nature journal to record what you find.

DOWNLOAD SIT SPOTS NATURE JOURNAL

Cooking With Cacti

Learn about edible cactus plants and how to use them in a fresh, homemade salsa.

DOWNLOAD COOKING WITH CACTI

Drive-by Garden Tour

Enjoy this driveable garden tour featuring gardens from our staff, volunteers, members and other supporters. For instructions on how to take the tour, click here.

TAKE THE GARDEN TOUR
TAKE THE YOUTH GARDEN TOUR

DIY Backyard Terrariums

Create your own mini-ecosystem using materials from your home and yard.

DOWNLOAD DIY TERRARIUMS

Vegetable Container Gardening Guide

Interested in container gardening with vegetables? Check out this helpful guide from Botanical Garden volunteer and Master Gardener Megan Will.

DOWNLOAD CONTAINER GARDENING GUIDE

Germination Station!

Learn what makes seedlings sprout by completing this fun experiment at home. View our progress here.

DOWNLOAD GERMINATION STATION

Plant Obstacle Course

Explore how plants move with light by making an obstacle course for a plant. View our progress here.

DOWNLOAD PLANT OBSTACLE COURSE

Activity Packets

Plants in the Pantry Packet

From the banana on the counter to the flour in the cupboard, plants are everywhere in the kitchen! Use the activities in this packet to explore the plants in your own pantry.

DOWNLOAD PLANTS IN THE PANTRY

Flower Fun Packet

Flowers make our world bright and beautiful, but have you ever wondered why they are so colorful, or why bees and butterflies love them? Explore all types of flowers in this fun activity packet.

DOWNLOAD FLOWER FUN PACKET

Leaf Discovery Packet

Learn all about leaves, then venture outside to see how many different types you can find.

DOWNLOAD LEAF DISCOVERY PACKET

Videos

Visit our YouTube channel for more fun and educational videos.

Flavorful Flowers

Edible flowers are used in many different cuisines for flavor, color, texture and scent. Each flower has different vitamins, minerals and compounds in them that give them their individual health benefits. Taught by Master Gardener Mamta Israni.

WATCH FLAVORFUL FLOWERS PART 1

Mother Nature’s Medicines

Learn about planting, harvesting, and cooking with medicinal herbs and spices. This series is instructed by Master Gardener Mamta Israni.

VIEW MOTHER NATURE’S MEDICINES PART 1
VIEW MOTHER NATURE’S MEDICINES PART 2
VIEW MOTHER NATURE’S MEDICINES PART 3

Explore Pollination Video

Follow along with our Education Team to learn why pollinators are important and then explore which flowers and plants are pollinator favorites.

EXPLORE POLLINATION

Dig Deeper Blog

From propagating your houseplants to trying new botanical recipes, learn more about the world of plants on our Dig Deeper blog.

READ THE DIG DEEPER BLOG

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