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A center for teaching about the importance of water. A place to investigate aquatic plants and animals. A reservoir of water conservation information. The Kleinman Family Cove, located on the Garden's North Lake along 800 feet of restored shoreline gardens, is all these — and more.
Designed by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates and featuring a boardwalk, amphitheater, protected wading area, and native plants, the Cove will enable students, adult educators, and visitors to learn about the critical role freshwater systems play in the health of the natural world. With the nation's largest collection of aquatic plants and 81 acres of lakes and waterways, the Chicago Botanic Garden is uniquely positioned to teach about the importance of freshwater systems.
The Cove will serve the 75,000 family members who take part in on-site programs, as well thousands of Chicago Public Schools students and other school-district students on field trips. It is also an ideal site to host Camp CBG groups, Scouts, and participants in the Garden's Science Career Continuum programs. More than a thousand teachers from early childhood through high school will visit the Cove annually through teacher development programs aimed at improving environmental education. Visitors are welcome during Garden hours.
The Kleinman Family Cove was made possible by the generous support of the Kleinman Family.