By Bailey Schmid, Marketing & Communications Intern
At Green Bay Botanical Garden, the education of youth goes a long way. Children are our future, and therefore, we must nurture their interest and connection with nature! Our mission here at the Garden encourages us to create an environment that engages, inspires and refreshes our visitors, both families and children, through year-round education programs.
Our Education team provides various workshops, classes and other events throughout the year to help nurture the relationship between children and nature. These include Children’s Story Time, Family Nature Nights, Camp GBBG, Garden Sprouts and more. Story Time, geared toward ages 1-12, is held every Tuesday morning during the summer and welcomes families to engage in nature-themed stories, crafts and activities. Nature Nights is also geared toward that same age group and includes a themed hike in the Garden. We even had one all about finding spiders in plants at various spots around the Garden!
Our larger summer camps (Camp GBBG) are usually aimed at older children, ages 6-12, because the activities, games and crafts are a bit more challenging. This past summer we had a week-long construction camp and our campers had to design and build a variety of projects, including string art patterns around trees in the Garden.
One program, in particular, is called Garden Sprouts. This program, for kids aged 3-5 and a parent, features monthly themed classes throughout the year. Seasonal topics like Pollination Play, Leaf Play and Birds of a Feather allow families to experience a variety of activities and observe all the great things about our Garden in person!
Our next Garden Sprouts on Friday, November 16 from 10-11:30 am will focus on rabbits, including the legendary Peter Rabbit character known for romping around Mr. McGregor’s garden. It will also have hands-on opportunities for children like storytelling, songs, crafts, games and an interactive walk through the Garden. Parents will be able to bond with their kids and build a greater understanding of nature themselves!
Overall, our goal as a non-profit is simple. We work to build a love of nature in budding gardeners that visit the Garden in order to further enrich their relationship with plants, and to give them the opportunity to not only learn, but also put their newly gained knowledge into action. Kelle Hartman, our Children and Family Education Coordinator, believes the purpose of these programs is “to create positive outdoor experiences so kids grow with the Garden. They are our future.”
We’re always looking for suggestions and welcome continuous feedback! If you have any questions, suggestions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Children and Family Education, Kelle Hartman, at 920-491-3691 ext. 107 or at email@example.com.