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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

Exploring the Garden’s Treasures

Pick up an activity sheet in the new Guest Center atrium and venture out to explore a different garden each weekend during the month of April. Follow the map to the Exploring the Garden’s Treasures sign, read, explore and answer the question or questions on the activity sheet. Winners will be drawn on the Monday following each weekend to receive weekly prizes. Contest begins again the next weekend. At the end of April, all entries will be entered into a drawing for an ipad!!! Come to the Garden each weekend in April and enter the contest. Look for the treasure box in the Guest Center; that’s where you’ll drop off your entry each day! Weekend prizes!

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April 22 – 28 Lewis Birding Trail
Bring Your Binoculars!

April 29 – May 5th Purdy Butterfly House 
How many species of butterflies do you see?


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 the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Exploring Plant Fossils with an Expert Paleontologist

Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Anderson Education Classroom
Register Here
Member Free; Non-Member Free with Garden Admission

PowerPoint/Show-and-Tell with a Q & A all led by local paleontologist Ashley Allen.  The Show-and-Tell portion will include viewing and touching over 25 unique one-of-a-kind fossils found in Alabama by Mr. Allen!  The fossils will be on display in the Anderson Education Center beginning May 13!

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 the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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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 the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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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 the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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 the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

HBG’s Annual Tomato Contest

Saturday, July 22
9:15 AM -11:15 AM
Register Here 

Show off your prize winning tomatoes at the Garden’s Annual Summer Tomato Contest! Come out to see who has the best tomatoes in the Tennessee Valley!
Guest judges will award the top three prizes for both children and adults:
Best Tasting, Best Cherry Tomato and Biggest by Weight.

Certificates and prizes for all six winners!

Free Registration for Garden members & $5 plus admission for Non-members

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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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

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 256-830-4447 Ext 253

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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