Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Great Green Adventures: Garden Apartments

Fox in English Woodland GardenSeptember 20, 2014
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Who lives in the Garden? We’ll search the garden for clues about the animals, insects and spiders that make their home in the Garden.Learn more


Great Green Adventures: Seeds on the Move

Dandelion seeds dispersed by windOctober 18, 2014
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Whether by wind, water or animal fur, seeds are on the move this time of the year. Join us as we explore seeds big and small.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 29 through November 2, 2014!

Girl with basket of vegetablesGermination Stations
Daily 10 a.m.–noon
in the Children's Garden (Children's Garden admission required)
Ever wonder what life on the prairie was like? Why bees are so important? How far food really travels? Join us on a Missouri adventure as we dig deep into our connections with nature through making, creating, building, planting and exploring through interpreter-led discovery at these Children's Garden Germination Stations:

  • Mondays: General Store
  • Tuesdays: Edible Garden
  • Wednesdays: Nature Explorer Classroom
  • Thursdays: Wetlands
  • Fridays: Pollination Station
  • Saturdays: Edible Garden
  • Sundays: Cave

Child journalingNature Journaling
Tuesdays & Saturdays at 11 a.m.
in the Children's Garden (Children's Garden admission required)
How do your kids engage with nature? What do they see? Feel? Hear? Smell? One way to connect, create and learn is by keeping a nature journal. Start your journaling adventures with us. Make your very own nature journal and take a guided trek through the Children’s Garden. We’ll capture what we see, hear, smell and feel using simple journaling techniques.


Activities in the Brookings Interpretive Center

From March 29, 2014 through January 4, 2015 enjoy activities for kids in the Brookings Interpretive Center in conjunction with the Nature in Your Neighborhood hands-on exhibit:

Create with Nature
Daily at 4 p.m.
at Brookings Interpretive Center (included in Garden admission)
Invigorate your natural curiosities and explore your artistic side! Make, create, build, investigate, connect and discover the marvels in nature using plant parts and everyday materials. Learn creative ways to plant your future at home or within your local community.


Activities at Tower Grove House

Visit the historic Tower Grove House March 29, 2014 through January 4, 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

In Brookings Interpretive Center

Nature in your Neighborhood logo
Through January 4, 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