Family Fun Activities

Planning a trip to the Garden soon?
Here are some fun activities to help you make the most of your visit!

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Story Time in the Garden – Returning Summer 2017

Children’s books abound with references to plants. Just think of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, the Wizard of Oz, or the Secret Garden.  The Idaho Botanical Garden calls out three treasured tales this year, Winnie-the-Pooh, My Side of the Mountain, and The Tales of Peter Rabbit.  As you stroll the grounds find references to these stories.  Find the plants mentioned in the stories and complete activities associated with Winnie-the-Pooh, including racing Pooh sticks and following the clues to discover where Pooh left his honey pot. Find activity instructions at the entrance to the English Garden, Children’s Adventure Garden and the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden.

Botanical Treasure Hunt – Returning Summer 2017

May through September, the Idaho Botanical Garden is holding Botanical Treasure Hunts to introduce you to some of the plants living on the grounds.  Each hunt has a different theme, with the fall bringing “Seeds” and “Autumn Color” hunts.  “Mints” will launch in in late July.  At the admission kiosk you should receive a sheet explaining what plants to watch for and where it may be found.  By each specimen, find a sign that gives you a fact about the plant and a QR code to be scanned for more information.  Did not bring a smart phone with you?  No problem, the Botanical Treasure Hunt instruction sheet includes the web address, allowing you to learn more at home.

Treehouse Stories

Returning Summer 2017.


The Youth Education Program is excited to introduce our brand new Seedlings program. This program is a child (ages 3-5) and an adult to learn together.   A story introduces the day’s theme and then is followed by a craft, nature walk and /or game. A goal is to link literacy with nature and emphasis learning outside of school. This summer the Garden offered two topics at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., on Saturday mornings. Openings are still available for the Wednesday, August 19 session about vegetable gardening.  This program was made possible by donations from the Idaho Community Foundation and private individuals. More information on the Seedlings program, or to register, click here.