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Children’s Programs

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There are a variety of programs for children and teenagers at the Garden, including individual and family classes, camps for children, and birthday parties.

Contact the Education Department if you have questions:
Soozi Pline: 256-830-4447 Ext 252
Misty Hertzig: 256-830-4447 Ext 253

Seeds to Sprouts sprout

Come and enjoy exciting stories for the season, crafts, learning activities, and walks (weather permitting) in the garden with your little Sprout!  Each class offers a different adventure to get your little one experiencing nature and all it has to offer.

Click on a date to register:
September 22: Light and Shadows
October 20: A Day Out with a Mummy
November 3: Fall Turned Upside Down
November 10: A Forest Thanksgiving
December 8: Winter’s Arrival
December 29: Getting Ready for New Year’s
January 12: A Sledding Adventure
January 26: Sticks and Stones

Location – All Seeds to Sprouts sessions will be held in the Anderson Education Center Classroom

Selected Fridays from 10-11am
Age: 2-5 (parent and child class)
$8 for the first child, $5 for each additional sibling in the same family.
Adults free with membership or Garden admission.
Pre-registration is encouraged.  You can save the time of having to stop and pay on your way in!  You can register online or over the phone at 256-830-4447 Ext 253.
Remember to take advantage of our Frequent “Sprouters” Program and earn a free class for every three paid classes that you attend. Pick up your card at the next class.

Contact Misty Hertzig if you have questions at


Fairy Houses: Windows into Nature
presented by Renee Simmons Raney

Saturday, September 23
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Nichols Arbor & Garden
Register Here

“Build them and the fairies will come!” Join Director of the Wunderkind Institute of Nature Discovery and the author of the newly released book, Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies: Curing Nature-Deficit Disorder through Folklore, Imagination, and Creative Activities, for fairy stories, fairy house building (leave-in-the-woods fairy houses), and a fairy observation hike at Huntsville Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 23. Renee will also have books for sale and signing.

Building fairy houses gives children, ages 7-107, an opportunity to balance their play time away from the world of technology. A daily dose of nature will improve attention, focus and memory. Nature also has a healing power, improving children’s cognitive development. Creative play in nature nurtures language and collaborative skills, awareness, reasoning and observational skills. Creative nature play helps to instill a sense of place and connectivity through observation.

Thousands of participants of all ages have attended Renee Simmons Raney’s fairy workshops across the nation…even in Ireland and Canada! She received recognition from Oxford University for this unique program and for her dedication to environmental education. Renee says, “Fairy houses are excellent tools for increasing observation skills. They become “windows into nature.” Thinking on a small scale inspires children to look at everything more closely, whether it is a leaf or a flower or a bug. Instead of looking at the forest as a whole, they begin to see all the diverse components that make up the forest floor, the canopy, and the creatures that inhabit it. There is a whole new world waiting in the woods and the garden! ”

Her book has received rave reviews. Author of Last Child in the Woods and Vitamin N, Richard Louv, says, “The world needs more fairy houses, and more books like this one. Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies! will enchant young readers and is sure to inspire creativity in nature.”

Karen Zweifel of Portico Magazine wrote, “You might think there’s a little fairy blood running in her veins. She’s quick to smile, a little mischievous and completely at home in the forest. Some have called Renee Raney the “Pied Piper of storytelling.” Critics say “there is magic in her voice and she mesmerizes her audience. She exudes fairy dust. We’d follow her anywhere, especially into the kingdom of her imagination!”

Good for ALL ages!
Members: Adults $15; Children $10
Non-Members: Adults $28; Children $18 (Price includes Garden Admission)
Fee includes presentation in the Arbor followed by fairy garden activities outside.

Contact the Education Department if you have questions:
Soozi Pline: 256-830-4447 Ext 252


Bootanica Logo

Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Children’s Garden
Purchase Tickets Here

Mark your calendars for the favorite fall event, Bootanica! This fun filled spooktacular day is appropriate for all ages. Put on frightening costumes and come on out to the Garden for a goulish good time. Visit the BOO-terfly House for Trick or Treating. Crafts for the kids and a Parade of Costumes at 11 AM.

Enjoy Hay Rides through the Scarecrow Trail to visit the Sorghum Maze. The festivities include face painting and pumpkins for the kids. Steve the DJ will add to the festivities.

Members $5 & Non-Members $5 plus Garden Admission.

For further questions call Tamara Huron at 256-830-4447 Ext 241



Registration & Cancellation:

  • Participants must be pre-registered for all programs. There will be no registration the day of programs due to supply and class size limitations.
  • Registration and payment for classes may be made online or by calling the Education Department at 256-830-4447 Ext 252 or 253.
  • Refunds will be given as a credit to participants who do not attend their scheduled program if the garden is given a 48-hour advance notice.
  • HBG reserves the right to cancel any program if a minimum number of participants are not registered. If this happens, another class option or 100% refund of registration fees will be offered.
  • All classes meet in the education classrooms and will include inside and outside experiences.

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