Self-Guided Visits
FOR KIDS & FAMILIES

Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk or the Learning Center Education Office to pick up maps, guides, and other at-you-own-pace suggested explorations!

 

Self Guided Visits for ChildrenTop Ten Places to Visit with Kids

1. Maze Garden
Will you lose yourself? Or find your way through Try both mazes!
2. Weekend Family Fun
Experience "hands-on plants" for all ages, Saturdays & Sundays, 12-4pm year-round; theme changes monthly.
3. Green Play Yard
It's natural fun especially designed for ages 5 and under.
4. Bog Walk on Green Heron Trail
Take the boardwalk across Green Heron Pond; look for herons, dragonflies, orchids and tamaracks.
5. Japanese Garden
Sit in the Garden House, listen to the rushing waterfall, count the koi.
6. Shade Tree Exhibit
Meet some trees that could live in your yard, and check out the little playhouses.
7. Fruit and Vegetable Garden
Do a walkabout and see what homegrown crops are ripening today.
8. Under The Oak
Build your own stick fort and crawl through the Twigloo.
9. Weeping Trees
How do some of them grow to look like green elephants?
10. Herb Gardens
The "scratch-and-sniff" idea started with herbs; rub their leaves gently and try a few!

Bog Adventure imageYour Bog Adventure

Use this guide to find your way to more nature and more discoveries as you take the half-mile Green Heron Trail loop around Green Heron Pond. "Your Bog Adventure" includes 5 activities to do with children ages 5-11. You can print your own copy at home to bring, or pick up a free copy at the Oswald Visitor Center when you arrive. Allow 30-45 minutes. Are you ready to explore?
Print Bog Adventure Page 1
Print Bog Adventure Page 2

Garden Fun Finder imageYour Garden Fun Finder

Sprout some green curiosity as you explore the glorious display gardens near the Oswald Visitor Center. "Your Garden Fun Finder" offers 8 activities to do with children ages 5-11. You can print your own copy at home to bring, download it to your mobile device (e.g. iPad, Kindle, phone), or purchase a copy at the Arboretum Gift Store when you arrive. Allow 30-45 minutes. 

Print Garden Fun Finder
Download to your mobile device

Chaperone Guide

A guide to the top 7 Arboretum spots for teachers, educators, and parents to bring kids for sensory, STEM-inspired learning!
Download and print the Guide

Green Discovery Backpack iconGreen-Time Backpack

The Green-time Backpack has stories, props and everything you need to lead a "discovery + fun" visit for a curious group of young learners.Activities are designed for Preschool - Grade 1. 
Reserve and pay for a Backpack by clicking on the link below, then pick it up at the Gate when you arrive!  One Backpack serves up to 30 students.
Download the Leader's Guide


Fee: $30 per backpack rental

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 


Registration

All groups, self-guided or otherwise, must reserve their visit in advance.

Call the Education Office at 612-301-1210 for reservations and more information.

  

Also check out:
School Fieldtrips
Weekend Family Fun