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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


Wacky-Wednesday-LogoBeginning June 7th – Every Wednesday in June and July (except July 5th)  Noon – 1 p.m.
Free with Garden membership or admission.
Sprinklers, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, snacks, story time and a craft!
No reservation required. Parents do accompany the child and may need to assist younger children with the activity.

Dinosaur Uproar Alive Themed!
June 28    Painted Dinosaurs
July 5       NO Wacky Wednesday
July 12     Tissue Paper Dinosaur
July 19     Dinosaur Puppets
July 26     Tie Dyed T’shirts

Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike

Saturdays, 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 + Garden Admission

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 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

Firefly Night Hikes with a Prehistoric Twist

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 27
Register for July 11
Register for July 25

Children of all ages will enjoy these family-friendly night hikes at the Garden. These hikes are extraordinary because you’ll get to go back in time to visit the prehistoric creatures at the Garden! After walking through our Dinosaur Uproar Alive exhibit, you’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure and don’t forget you’ll get to make s’mores!

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

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:
June 30: So Many Dinosaurs!
July 14: Speak like a dinosaur
July 28: Stomping with the Dinosaurs

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 256-837-4104.
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.

Butterfly Release

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 + Garden Admission, Under 3 $0

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

Prehistoric Dinner and a Movie

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Friday, July 21st
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Hot Dog Dinner
Atrium/Carriage House Patio

7:30 PM – Admission & Concessions Open for Movie
8:15 PM – 9:45 PM-Movie Viewing Time
Toyota Boeing Amphitheater

Start your adventure at the Garden with a hot dog buffet the family will enjoy! Head out to visit the Dinosaur Uproar exhibit as the evening cools. T-Rex will visit the kids for a great photo-op! Face-painting and crafts add to the fun. All beef and vegetarian hotdogs available. Drinks, sides and desserts included.

Finish your journey with “The Good Dinosaur” movie in our amphitheater. Every movie ticket includes a complimentary bag of popcorn and a bottle of water with additional concessions available for purchase, including ice cream from Brain Freeze Ice Cream Food Truck! They will be on site from 7:00-9:00 PM!!!

You can purchase tickets for Dinner and Dinos or the Movie Night or BOTH!
We highly encourage doing both, great family outing!

Dinner, Dinos, and  Movie – Family Pack $40, Individual $10 – Purchase Tickets
Only Dinner & Dinos – Members $5, Non-members $5 – Purchase Tickets
Only Movie Night – Family Pack $20, Individual $5 – Purchase Tickets

Tamara Huron – 256.830.4447 ext 241 | Soozi Pline – 256.830.4447 ext 2522

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


Family Campout in the Garden

Friday, September 15 – Saturday, September 16
5:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Dogwood Grove behind Aquatic Garden
Register Here

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a hay wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for the ever popular Hoot In The Night owl show 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

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

Fairy Houses: Windows into Nature
presented by Renee Simmons Raney

Saturday, September 23
1:00 PM to 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

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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