Skimming 1.25 miles of shoreline, the Kleinman Family Cove is an optimal place to study aquatic plants and animals.
Located on the Garden's North Lake, it features a boardwalk, amphitheater, protected wading area, and native plants.
Students don waders for exploring the small bay, and use nets to analyze aquatic animal life, assess water quality, and discover why water is important to human health. Others explore the importance of shoreline management in the demonstration garden. Interpretive signage guides visitors to observe and understand aquatic wildlife and habitat
With the nation's largest collection of aquatic plants—120,000 were planted in 2012 along the restored shoreline—and 81 acres of lakes and waterways, the Chicago Botanic Garden is uniquely positioned to teach about the importance of freshwater systems.
The Cove serves family members who take part in on-site programs, students on field trips, Camp CBG groups, scouts, and participants in the Garden's Science Career Continuum programs. More than 1,000 teachers from early childhood through high school 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.