Exhibit Overview

May 25 – August 19, 2018 | Open Daily 9 am – 8 pm

Summer 2018 will be built on fun as Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks by Sean Kenney debuts at Green Bay Botanical Garden!

Visitors of all ages will stimulate their imaginations and delight in the union of art, nature, play and design with this larger than life exhibit. Nature-inspired sculptures crafted entirely of LEGO bricks will challenge the way you think of traditional botanical gardens and connect families with nature, creativity and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) in a whole new way.

Green Bay Botanical Garden is the first and only venue in Wisconsin to host Nature Connects!

As you view the sculptures, take a look at their surroundings. Each is positioned in an area around the Garden that best represents their natural environment.


About the Artist

Nature Connects displays the work of renowned, award-winning artist, Sean Kenney. As an artist, author and self-proclaimed “professional kid”, Kenney uses LEGO pieces to design and create contemporary sculptures for high-profile clients, major corporations and venues around the globe. The New York Times calls Sean’s work the “artistic elite” of building with LEGO bricks.

Sculptures to Encounter

  • Hummingbird & Trumpet Flower (61,107 LEGO pieces)
  • Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly (27,788 LEGO pieces)
  • Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed (39,708 LEGO pieces)
  • Gardener with Grandchild & Wheelbarrow (76,840 LEGO pieces)
  • Deer Herd (84,442 LEGO pieces)
  • Peacock (68,827 LEGO pieces)
  • Corn Spider (16,492 LEGO pieces)
  • Galapagos Tortoise with Darwin Finch (23,317 LEGO pieces)
  • Birdbath with Birds, Bees & Squirrel (14,802 LEGO pieces)
  • Anthill Mosaic (12,990 LEGO pieces)
  • Pansy Bloom (29,314 LEGO pieces)
  • Bonsai Tree (9,143 LEGO pieces)

During Your Visit

LEGO Block Build Area

Check out the LEGO Block Build Area in the lower level of the Fischer Visitor Center for all ages! Discover a new build challenge each week.

Scavenger Hunts

Handouts are available outside of the Fischer Visitor Center doors including a digital hunt for iPhone users.

Get Social & Be a Part of the Action

Bring your LEGO mini-figure and share their adventure in the Garden with #NatureConnectsGB.

Feel like a real LEGO action figure and check out our giant LEGO bricks built by Vande Hey Company in the Nielsen Children’s Garden. Capture an interactive picture and share with friends at #NatureConnectsGB.

Snap & Share Stations

Looking for a beautiful backdrop to capture that special memory of you and your group of friends and family? Get the best shots in front of a giant LEGO block, unique flower frames or the backdrop of the Garden. The flower frames are filled with All-American Selections winners, varieties that were tested for the flower market at the Garden. Share your picture with #AASWinner and #NatureConnectsGB.

Bring Nature Connects Home

Find many items in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop as a reminder of this amazing event. We have small replicas of select sculptures, LEGO figurines, mini puzzles, pens, stickers, markers and books!


Volunteer

Sign up to volunteer for a variety of programs and events as we welcome thousands of visitors throughout this spectacular exhibit.

View Available Shifts

 


Non-Profit Ticket Program

The Garden is pleased to offer area non-profit organizations the opportunity for their patrons to experience Nature Connects. Non-profit organizations wishing to apply for consideration to receive admission to the Garden and exhibit, should submit their application via mail or email by May 4, 2018. Selected recipients will be notified the week of May 7, 2018.

Non-profit Ticket Program Application

 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities Guide Sponsorship Pledge Form

 

For more information on opportunities for corporate partnership including sponsorship, contact our Director of Development, Cindy Berton, at 920.491.3691 ext. 104 or cberton@gbbg.org.


Thank you to our sponsors

Title Sponsor

Nicolet Bank

Building Activity Area Sponsor

Sculpture Sponsors

Meissner Landscape, Inc.    

Non-profit Ticket Program Sponsor

Schreiber

Green Bay Preble Optimist Foundation, Inc.

Media Partners

In-Kind

Schneider

 


Contact Us

For details on group discounted rates, contact our Sales Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or rentals@gbbg.org.

For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Admission

Nature Connects is included with Daily Admission

Different rates may apply during special events.

 GBBG Members: Learn More about Membership  Free
 Adults (18+)  $10
 Seniors (62+), AAA Members, AARP, Military  $8
 Students (w/school ID)  $8
 Children (3-17)  $5
 Children (2 & under) Free
 NWTC Students & Faculty Free w/ current ID

Buy Admission

There are 2 easy ways to purchase admission:

Online

Save time waiting in line and purchase your tickets in advance! Tickets will be emailed to you. Make sure to check your junk mail or spam folder if necessary. Print tickets at home or bring your smartphone to be scanned at the door.

Please note: Special discounted tickets available to students, AARP and AAA members, military, and NWTC students and faculty require ID and are available in-person only.

Buy Admission

 

In Person

Green Bay Botanical Garden; check Garden hours before visiting.


Group Discounted Rates

Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more for Nature Connects. Motor coach groups are encouraged to attend. Ticket orders must be placed through our Sales Team at least two weeks in advance. Tickets must be paid in full prior to arrival. Group ticket discounts will not be applied if your group has not paid in full prior to your arrival and booked at least two weeks in advance.


Daily Admission Refund Policy

  • There are no refunds on Daily Admission.
  • Tickets will not be replaced if lost, stolen or unused.
  • Tickets are not refunded for any inclement weather including but not limited to snow, wind, rain, thunderstorm, mud, cold or extreme temperatures.
  • Refunds will not be given for dissatisfaction with the Garden or Nature Connects, as opinions are subjective.
  • Daily Admission tickets are non-transferable to another event, Garden membership or Garden education class.

Contact Us

For details on group discounted rates, contact our Sales Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or rentals@gbbg.org.

For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Programs & Activities

Get Connected with Programs & Activities

Beyond visiting the sculptures, our regular summer family programming, including Tuesday Story Times, Wednesday Discovery Stations and monthly Family Nature Nights, will highlight the plants and animals displayed by the sculptures, in addition to these featured events:

Monthly Nature Connects Segway Tours

June 12–August 17

Tuesdays | 6:30–7:30 pm OR 7–8 pm

Fridays | 10–11 am OR 10:30–11:30 am

Coast on two wheels around the Garden for a tour of Nature Connects sculptures while learning about the Garden.

Ages 11+

$55/Person

Registration required.

Details & Register

 


Community Connection: Green Bay Children’s Museum Art Lab with LEGO Bricks

Monday, June 18 | 5:30–6:30 pm

From bumpy drawings to spin art, create your own artistic masterpiece with the assistance of LEGO bricks.

Free/GBBG Member and Children’s Museum Member (present membership card); Garden Admission/ Non-Member 


Build-tanical Challenge Showcase

June 24 | 10 am–4 pm

View the finalists’ sculptures from local artists and students. Vote for your favorite sculpture, enjoy a Garden cookout (available for purchase) and then build your own creation in the LEGO Block Build Area.

11 am – 1 pm | Garden Cookout (food and beverages available for purchase)

Free/GBBG Member; Garden Admission/Non-Member

Challenge Details & Registration

 

Volunteer at the Event

View Available Shifts

 


Robotics with LEGO Mindstorms®

June 25 | 10 am–12 pm

Become a robotics wizard! Program your bot to navigate a garden map.

Ages 8-12

$12/GBBG Member; $15/Non-Member 

Registration required.

Details & Register

 


Community Connection: Barnes & Noble Build Event

July 9 | 5–7 pm

Complete build challenges with the option of purchasing a $4 LEGO minifigure mystery bag.

Free/GBBG Member and Barnes & Noble Member (present membership card); Garden Admission/Non-Member 

Registration required. Optional LEGO minifigure mystery bag available for $4.

Details & Register

 


LEGO Minifigures Movies 

July 20 | 8–11 am

Ages 7-14

Bring your favorite LEGO minifigures or purchase one from the Gift Shop. Create a stop motion movie of their Garden adventures!

$16/GBBG Member; $20/Non-Member 

Registration required.

Details & Register

 


Community Connection: NEW Zoo Zoomobile

August 13 | 5:30–6:30 pm

Meet the live versions of some of the Nature Connects sculptures with animals from the Zoo.

Free/GBBG Member; Garden Admission/Non-Member 


Nature Connects Block Party featuring The LEGO Movie

August 17 | 6–10 pm (Movie starts at 8 pm)

Celebrate the end of summer and Nature Connects by kicking back in the Schneider Family Grand Garden lawn and enjoying The LEGO Movie, building block activities, yard games, Garden cookout (available for purchase) and more!

Free/GBBG Member; Garden Admission/Non-Member

Volunteer at the Event

View Available Shifts

 


Contact Us

For details on group discounted rates, contact our Sales Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or rentals@gbbg.org.

For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.