The Children’s Garden is a great place for families to play. Interpreter-led “Germination Stations” enrich visitors’ experience with discovery and learning. These stations have been developed with a goal of “planting seeds and growing minds” in understanding of the Garden’s mission. With seven stations and 21 activities to choose from, visitors of all ages can have a new experience with each visit.


Children's Garden Germination Stations

Visitors explore pollinationPOLLINATION STATION: flowers are more than just beautiful
Most of us can appreciate the beauty of a flower and the taste of fruit. The pollination station bridges the gap between these two. Whether learning about pollinators or their choice of flowers, families can have fun and grow a new appreciation of flowers and their pollinators.

First opened in 2007, our certified Nature Explore Classroom was meant for staff and visitor interactions. Interpreters are able to spark curiosity about the natural world. Fun activities like collecting plant parts, making music or artistically smearing petals on paper lead to a greater appreciation of nature.

Kids learn about how trees provide shelter for animalsClimb through the TREE CANOPY
Trees are an important but sadly overlooked part of our landscape. A station was developed to offer hands-on experience with real trees. From bark and branch to leaf and root, interpreters use fun activities to teach children about how trees grow, products from trees and creatures that call trees home.

Grow what you eat in the EDIBLE GARDEN
More and more families are growing food in their backyards. In the Edible Garden visitors learn about why food gardens are beneficial, what grows in them, and how to start and maintain their own food garden. Learn about the great variety of fruits and vegetables and discover which parts of plants we eat.

Children expore wetland plantsLearn about past and present in the GENERAL STORE
From garden to grocery, plants require a vast amount of work as our number one food source. The General Store is a prime opportunity for visitors to have ‘bushels of fun’ learning about food plants, both past and present. Interpreters guide families in the process of making stew, preserves, or even guessing the scent of herbs and spices.

Make discoveries in the WETLAND
Wetlands are one of Missouri’s most valuable natural resources, yet they are quickly disappearing. In the Children’s Garden wetland, interpreters lead children in discoveries: about a wetland’s rich biodiversity and its ability to clean water. These discoveries can pave the way for improved future stewardship of our land.

Venture into a Missouri CAVE
To a child, a cave is a scary place. With an interpreter, though, children can don a headlamp and make discoveries about these unique formations. Activities touch on fossils and formations, historic use of caves and the animals that depend on caves. Such positive interactions are the key to the future preservation of these natural resources.