A Place to Learn and Grow

Children & Family Programs

Visit the Columbus Botanical Garden and let your students “learn naturally” in a fun interactive outdoor setting! The Garden offers both guided and self-guided programs giving your students the opportunity to discover all that nature has to offer!

Little Sprouts

A Monthly Parent & Child Exploration Of The Garden

Little Sprouts is an exposure experience with lessons geared towards children ages 3-5 and their caregiver(s). Have a child that is younger or older? Bring them along too! The lessons and activities will focus on subjects related to the natural environment.

Each session will consist of three parts:

  1. Social time together in the form of a group talk, reading of a story, or a presentation on that day’s theme.
  2. Exploration through a hands-on experience that can look like a game, scavenger hunt, or data collection activity.
  3. A craft that ties the two experiences together!

The 1st Tuesday of every month from 10:00AM - 11:00AM

The program varies each month and includes books, songs and an age-appropriate craft.

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Budding Naturalists

A monthly program that will ignite children's curiosity and interest in science and the natural world.

2023 sessions begin in February!

Budding Naturalist is a monthly program that will ignite children's curiosity and interest in science and the natural world through observation, exploration, hands-on activities and data collection.

The sessions will include:

Each hour-long session will include a lesson focused on elements and processes of the natural world and a hands-on activity to reinforce the day's lesson, consisting of observation/experimentation, data collection and analysis.

We recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time to guarantee your spot. Space is limited to 15 children.

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Discovery Backpacks are FREE to check out with the cost of admission. 
Choose from 3 themes to elevate your Garden experience with your family!
This adventure is sponsored by Aflac!

Just Breathe for Kids Summer Camp

Just Breathe for Kids returns to the Columbus Botanical Gardens for another year of 2 weeks of mindful kids summer camp! Join us this summer for two different sessions of mindful play, movement, creation, and connection at Just Breathe for Kids Summer Camp.
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Joann Holt Walking Trail Adventure: Nature Bingo
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Nature Bingo is a fun way to get your students or family outdoors and running through the woods! This activity works for teams and individuals of all ages. See who will be the first to find all the items in a row, column or corner to corner – be sure to yell BINGO!

Please stop by our Welcome Kiosk for printed materials

Joann Holt Walking Trail Adventure: Trail Trek Tree Hunt

Hit the trail for some tree-inspired fun with your students or family! Search for acorns and then look for leaves as you learn about two common native tree species growing along the Joann Holt Walking Trail. These activities can be done individually or as teams and are fun for kids of all ages! These activities are best enjoyed April through October while these deciduous trees have their leaves. Clipboards are recommended. Happy Hunting!

Please stop by our Welcome Kiosk for printed materials.

Garden Adventure: Pollinators Plus

Discover the beautiful colors and observe pollinators in action at the Columbus Botanical Garden! Follow a pollinator pal as it flies through the Farmhouse Garden and then go on a color hunt in Our Mothers' Rose Garden.

Perfect for school groups or families, these exercises are a great way to actively explore the gardens. Have fun following pollinators May through October when they are most active in the Gardens! Clipboards are recommended.

Please stop by our Welcome Kiosk for printed materials.

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Self-guided Adventure Activities

Have a green time exploring the Joann Holt Walking Trail and gardens!

Our self-guided adventure activities are designed to connect children with nature while having a fun outdoor learning experience. Whether you have a curriculum to follow or just want your students to have a fun garden experience, a self-guided activity is a great, interactive way to explore the gardens and trail!

Please stop by our Welcome Kiosk for printed materials.

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