Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Great Green Adventures: Bye, Bye Birdies

BluebirdSeptember 19, 2015
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

This is the time of year that the birds begin to migrate. Join us as we discover which other animals migrate.  Learn more


Great Green Adventures: Fall Frolic

Colorful leaves on groundOctober 17, 2015
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

It’s beginning to look like fall, let’s explore the Garden and look for colorful fall leaves to paint using watercolor.Learn more


Activities in the Children's Garden

Spring and summer just got better with these fun activities for kids and families in the Children's Garden running from March 28 through November 1, 2015!

Girl with basket of vegetablesGermination Stations
Daily 10 a.m.–noon
in the Children's Garden (Children's Garden admission required)
Themed “Germination Stations” are located throughout the Children’s Garden and are staffed daily from 10 a.m. to noon. Interpreters use questions, activities, and hands-on props—plant parts, gardening tools, puppets, puzzles, head lamps, instruments, etc.—to engage visitors of all ages in interactive activities.

  • Monday: Explore Tree-rific Trees  (Tree Trunk Pavilion)
  • Tuesday: Learn about Plants and People (Osage Camp)
  • Wednesday: Let your Creativity Bloom! (Town Hall)
  • Thursday: Discover the Power of Pollinators (Pollination Garden)
  • Friday: Have Fun with Nature (Nature Explore Classroom)
  • Saturday: Dig in and Grow What You Eat (Edible Garden)
  • Sunday: Go Spelunking and Investigate (Cave)


Activities in the Brookings Interpretive Center

Through mid-September, enjoy activities for kids in the Brookings Interpretive Center in conjunction with the Nature in Your Neighborhood hands-on exhibit.


Activities at Tower Grove House

Visit the historic Tower Grove House March 28, 2015 through December 30, 2015 for:

Wednesdays & Saturdays at 11 a.m.
in Tower Grove House (included in Garden admission)
Relax a while and enjoy a nature-themed story in the cozy story corner of Henry Shaw’s country home.

Tower Grove House is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the months of January through March. The House is also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.



Be sure to check out classes and additional happenings for kids and families at the Garden, the Shaw Nature Reserve and the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House!

Children’s Garden

Girl climbing ropes in Children's Garden
The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden (open April–October) is the perfect place to make new discoveries. Host your next birthday party, come for a drop-in program, learn at a germination station or just explore. Learn more

For the Whole Family

Tales and Trails logo
This summer, join a family reading program that connects nature-inspired books with the great outdoors!
Learn more


In Brookings Interpretive Center

Nature in your Neighborhood logo
Through mid-September, 2015
This fun, hands-on, interactive exhibit will challenge visitors to explore and reconnect with nature in their own backyards, parks, trails and schoolyards. Included with Garden admission. Learn more