Children’s Garden Expansion Project

Nurturing a Love of Nature for All Time

The current Nielsen Children’s Garden includes a slide tower surrounded by Mr. McGregor’s Garden, a maze, a koi pond, and the Stumpf Hobbit House restroom. In 2023, the expansion will build upon these beloved favorites surrounding the Gertrude B. Nielsen Village, with a wide variety of new areas to enjoy.

The Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden will include a number of unique features including the:

  • Gateway Sculpture, sponsored by the late Edward L. Meyer, Jr. and Mary Ellen Troup.
  • Michael & Judith Parrish Family Raindrop Garden
  • Cornerstone Foundation Wetland Deck & Stream Terrace Garden
  • Gail Fischer Family Lily Pad Splash Pad
  • Rosemann Family Field Vegetable Garden
  • Green Bay Packers Big Oak Play Area
  • KC Stock Foundation Mushroom Jumper Play Area
  • George Kress Foundation Tree Houses
  • Patricia Schneider Council of Critters
  • Schanock Family Hillside Tunnel & Cave

The project also includes nature-based art sculptures from well-known artists from across the country that will help to tell the engaging and educational stories of nature. Families will be able to experience the wonder of the Wisconsin wild and learn together, instilling a love of nature for all time. 

Help Your Child Grow as a Giver

Inspire a young person in your life to feel the joy of giving! Giving to the Garden can teach kids that everyone’s time, energy, and resources are important, no matter the size.

Your child’s donation will help plant more than 500 trees and 20,000 perennial plants in the Bell Children’s Garden, and they’ll see their impact first-hand with our kid-centric donor wall.

Children’s Giving Form | Bell Children’s Garden

Questions? Contact Cindy Berton, Director of Development, at or 920.491.3691 ext. 104.

Click the photo below for an in-depth look at the inspiration behind the expansion.

Connecting nature, play, and learning, we are so excited to transform our current Children’s Garden into a natural wonderland where children in our community and their families discover delight and wonder in their surroundings, and along the way, create memories that will last a lifetime.


To learn more about the Children’s Garden Expansion Project, contact Susan Garot, President & Chief Executive Officer, at 920.491.3691 ext. 102 or or Cindy Berton, Director of Development, at ext. 104 or