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Children’s Programs

Camps and Classes

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

Please contact us:
Soozi Pline- or 256-837-4344
Misty Hertzig- or 256-837-4104


Seeds to Sprouts

Enjoy exciting stories, crafts, learning activities, and walks (weather permitting) in the Garden with your little Sprout! Each class explores a different topic to get your little one experiencing nature and all it has to offer.

All classes will be in the Anderson Education Center Classroom (the building with the Purdy Butterfly House) so please allow for a few extra minutes to get down there!

Selected Fridays from 10-11am

March 10 In the Garden with Winnie the Pooh
March 24 An Egg-cellent Adventure
April 21 Rabbit Tales in the Garden

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 256-837-4104.

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 our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or

Spring Break Camp – Showers of Fun in the Garden

For children 6 to 13 years old
rising Kindergarten through 6th Grade
Instructors – Misty Hertzig & Elizabeth Franks

Your child can come all week or you can pick your days. Each day will have its own theme and set of activities. Campers will get to participate in the other events taking place in the garden providing it is age appropriate.

Members: $40/day or $180/week
Non-members: $50/day or $230/week
Early Drop-Off starting at 7:30 am $5/day per child or $20/week

Click “Register Here” for a specific day or to sign up for the full week, both choices are offered 


Campers will get a chance to know the Garden and what animals call it home. We will see the different animal habitats and understand their importance in the overall ecosystem.

We will talk about where our food comes from and take some time to explore and work in our Demonstration Vegetable Garden. Campers will see the animals in the Learning Barn.

Campers will learn about raptors and other birds of prey in preparation for attending the Raptor Show. We will explore the food chains that involve our local flora and fauna.

Campers will explore the Garden and gather supplies and inspiration for various nature themed projects. Artists of all levels will enjoy this day.

Campers will see how fish muscles are built and why they move the way they do. Time will be spent in the Garden taking a closer look at our Koi, gold fish, and bass.

Please Note: • We provide one afternoon snack for full day camps. Students will need to provide a morning snack (including drink) and a lunch. • Since this is a day-to-day camp and not all campers will be attending the full week, there will be no graduation on Friday.

Contact our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or

The 2nd Annual Art of Sustainable Science

Kindergarten to 12th Grade
All Public, Private, and Homeschool Students are welcome.
FREE…but with limited space!
Register no later than February 21, 2017

The Huntsville Botanical Garden is excited to invite your student to participate in our second annual Art of Sustainable Science event! It’s a perfect union between science and art! Students can create an art project or a science-fair style project that demonstrates a sustainability message. The four categories this year will be Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Energy and Transportation and Natural Wonders.  All categories will have a prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place along with a Public Favorite.

Submit your project proposals to

For more detailed information or questions please contact Misty Hertzig at or 256-837-4104.

Butterfly Release

Saturday, May 6
10:30-11:30 AM or 1:00-2:00 PM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for May 6th 10:30 Session
Register for May 6th 1:00 Session

Saturday, June 10
10:30-11:30 AM or 1:00-2:00 PM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for June 10th 10:30 Session
Register for June 10th 1:00 Session

Saturday, July 15
10:30-11:30 AM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for July 15th 10:30 Session

Help us repopulate the Purdy Butterfly House by releasing live butterflies in the morning, afternoon, or both!  We’ll begin this program with a brief presentation in the Anderson Education Center classroom followed by time spent in the butterfly house enjoying an environmentally safe restoration of our indoor butterfly population!  This event will provide a memorable photogenic opportunity for all!
Member $5, Non-member $6.50, Under 3 $0

Contact our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or

Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike

Saturdays, May 13, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22
10:00 AM -11:30 AM or 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Meet at the Garden Railway
Members $10, Non-member $12

Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike: Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with a hands-on activity and something to take home!  A different activity will be offered each date.

Register for May 13 @ 10 AM 
Register for May 13 @ 1 PM
Register for June 10 @ 10 AM
Register for June 10  @ 1 PM 
Register for June 24  @ 10 AM
Register for June 24  @ 1 PM
Register for July 8  @ 10 AM
Register for July 8  @ 1  PM
Register for July 22 @ 10  AM
Register for July 22 @ 1 PM 

Contact our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or

Movie Night in the GardenMovie Night-FacebookImage

Friday, June 2
Rain Date Friday, June 16
7:30 PM – Admission & Concessions Open
8:15 PM – 9:45 PM- Movie Viewing Time

Toyota Boeing Amphitheater
Register Here

Featuring Disney’s Pixar The Good Dinosaur. Movie night is open to the public and included in activities for campers registered for the Campout in the Garden, June 2-3.  Every ticket includes a complimentary bag of popcorn and a bottle of water with additional concessions available for purchase.  Bring a picnic and come early to enjoy playtime time in the Children’s Garden before the movie!
Family Pack $20, Individual $5

Contact our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or

Family Campout in the GardenFamily-Campout-Logo

June 2nd – 3rd
5:00 PM-8:00 AM
Register Here
Fun night sleeping under the stars with your family!

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a hay wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for an outdoor viewing of The Good Dinosaur® Movie followed by star gazing with the Von Braun Astronomical Society, roasting marshmallows and a night sleeping under the stars in the Dogwood Grove!

You bring the tent and bedding and we’ll provide the rest!!!
Parent/Child $60; Family of Four $100; Extra Child or Parent $25

Advanced Registration required for all family/children’s education programs unless otherwise noted.

Contact our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or

Firefly Night Hikes

June 13, June 27, July 11, and July 25
7:30 PM
Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater
(First parking lot immediately to your left as you enter the Garden)

Register for June 13
Register for June 27
Register for July 11
Register for July 25

Children of all ages will enjoy these new family friendly night hikes at Huntsville Botanical Garden.  Bring your own flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the Garden when night approaches.  We’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner.  During this two hour event we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure!

Members $10, Non-members $12
Free for children aged 3 and under

Contact our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or

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 256-837-4344.
  • 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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