Nature Nights

PHOTO: class in the Sensory Garden

Roam the Garden after hours and uncover the mysteries of nature at night!

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden! Children ages 4 to 10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine.

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Nature Nights: Woodland Walk
Nature Nights: Woodland Walk

Saturdays, May 30 or June 6, 2015
5 – 7:30 p.m.

Giant oak trees, trillium, and deer all call the woods their home. You and your child will discover what makes a habitat, search for signs of woodland animals, examine plants found in the woods, and take home a woodland plant.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Nature Nights: Nature’s Music
Nature Nights: Nature’s Music

Saturdays, June 20 or July 11, 2015
5 – 7:30 p.m.

The chirp of crickets, the honk of geese, and a frog’s song are all examples of nature’s music. Explore Evening Island to learn how insects and animals use this “music” to communicate, create a musical instrument out of natural materials, and take home a plant that will help you make music at home.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.

Nature Nights: Harnessing the Flame
Nature Nights: Harnessing the Flame

Saturdays, July 18 (FULL) or August 1, 2015
5 – 7:30 p.m.

New Program! Learn about the importance of fire to Native American culture and everyday life. Find out how we use it here in our woods and prairie. See a traditional way to start a fire, make a fire starter to take home, and pot up a prairie plant.

Nature Nights: Seed Scatter

Saturday, August 15 or September 5, 2015
5 – 7:30 p.m.

New Program! Seeds can’t walk, but they sure can get around! Hitchhiking, exploding, and parachuting are just a few ways that plants spread their seeds. Learn how and why seeds need to scatter, make a seed bomb so you can scatter your own seeds, and take home a plant with an interesting dispersal method.

*Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner! Dessert is provided.