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Family Friendly Events

The Great Backyard Bird Count Birding Symposium

Four Incredible Presentations by Local Birding Experts!
Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Carriage House
First 30 people to register online will receive a complimentary gift!
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Live birds, HOPE the life-sized whopping crane puppet, virtual Lewis Birding Trail tour, cutting edge conservation research and much more!

On Saturday, February 17, there will be a special, family friendly, Birding Symposium held in the Guest Center Carriage House featuring four workshops taught by local birding enthusiasts including Herb Lewis, creator of HBG’s Lewis Birding Trail.  The theme this year is iconic BIG birds and will feature great horned owls, whopping cranes, kestrels and red tailed hawks!

9:30-10:30 am Amber Wilson-International Crane Foundation Intern will speak about the Whooping Crane, show the Traveling Crane Trunk and have a table set-up with ICF and WNWR information

Great Photo Opportunity With Special Guest, HOPE, the larger than life Whooping Crane puppet!

10:45-11:45 am  Curt Cearly will speak about the Rise Raptor Project, he’ll bring his great horned owl or red tailed hawk, and he’ll have a table set-up with RISE Raptor Project support material.

Lunch Break

12:30-1:00 pm Soozi Pline, HBG Director of Education, will give a brief overview on the GBBC and how to count birds for HBG (and at home too).

1:15-2:15 pm

1:15-2:15 pm Join Herb Lewis as he takes you on A Birding Adventure, sharing a virtual tour of the Lewis Birding Trail, featuring local and migrating species that frequent feeders and nesting boxes throughout the 112 acre Garden. Thanks to Herb and Terry Lewis’ dedication the Garden is now an eBird Hotspot with 110 species identified!   Weather permitting we will end this program with a guided walk along the Lewis Birding Trail!

Free for Garden Members; Garden Admission Required for Non-Members

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Nature Connect – Art with LEGO Bricks Breakfastlego breakfast 2lego breakfast

Saturday, March 10
8 AM – 9:30 AM
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Be the FIRST to see the Nature Connects with LEGO Bricks on opening day! Start your day with a Garden breakfast and beat the crowds! Waffles, sausage and a fresh fruit and yogurt station will kick start your day! Beverages, kid’s crafts and treats all included.

Tickets Kids 3 & Over $7 Adults $10 Family Pack $37
Kids 2 & Under – Free, please register
Garden Admission not included with breakfast.
Non-Members will pay Garden Admission at the Admissions Desk

Shamrock Shindig

DSCN2612Saturday, March 17
Herb Garden
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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Herb Garden
Bring your little leprechauns to the O’Herb Garden this St. Patrick’s Day.  Look for hidden shamrocks, some with magically awesome prizes! Green lemonade, goodies, St. Patrick themed crafts and face painting for all the wee ones.
Have your picture taken with the Leprechaun with the pot of gold coins! Don’t miss the great green Shamrock Shindig!

Shamrock Hunts
3 Years and Younger – 9:30 AM
4 to 6 Year olds – 9:45 AM
7 and Older – 10:00 AM
Member $3  Non-Member $5  plus Garden admission.
Purchase tickets for children only please (adults will need Garden Admission/Membership only)

Extra Fun: Leprechaun Lunch
Saturday, March 17 – Arbor
11:00 AM
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Leprechaun Lunch is an added feature to the Shamrock Shindig. We want to encourage the Shamrock Shindig attendees to join us for Lunch! Leprechaun Links, Rainbow Fruit Salad, Chips/Pretzels, Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats, Shamrock Punch. Tickets will be sold at the door.

$5 kids  $7 Adults
Questions? Contact Tamara Huron at
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Saturday, March 24, 2018
10 AM -12 PM
Children’s Garden
Tickets are $5 per child
Purchase Tickets below:
Member 2 yrs. and younger – Hunt at 10:15am
Member 3 to 4 yrs. old – Hunt at 10:45am
Member 5 to 6 yrs. Old – Hunt at 11:15am
Member 7 yrs. and up – Hunt at 11:45am

Garden members, it’s that Egg-cellent time of the year with Bunny Bonanza! 10,000 eggs are stuffed with treats and scattered about the Garden.  Music, games, refreshments and face painting will keep your little one busy. The Easter Bonnet Parade is always fun.  Bring your cameras for a great photo with the Easter Bunny.

Please see the egg hunt schedule below and plan to arrive well in advance of the scheduled times with your Garden membership card and Bunny Bonanza ticket in hand for faster check-in.

Egg hunt schedule:

  • 2 years old and younger-10:15am
  • 3 to 4 year olds- 10:45am
  • 5 to 6 year olds- 11:15am
  • Easter Bonnet Parade (all ages) – 11:30am
  • 7 years old and up- 11:45am

Raptors Show

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
11 AM & 1 pm Shows
Purchase Tickets 11:00 am
Purchase Tickets 1:00 pm

Get ready to soar! Mark your calendars to join us when the Southeastern Raptor Center from the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine brings everyone’s favorite raptor show to the Garden. You’ll see some amazing raptors take flight and learn some interesting facts. This program is for all ages. The cost of this show is $3 per person along with Garden admission for non-members. It’s a great activity for Spring Breakers and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day at the Garden! Seating is first come, first serve. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Visitors Desk in the Guest Center. Questions contact Tamara Huron at


Nature Connects
Build-A Lunch & Movie in the Garden-LEGO Batman

Saturday, April 21
11:30-12:15 Lunch
12:30-2:00   Movie
2:30-3:30     LEGO build with TVLC
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Join us as we kick-off Nature Connects® with lunch & a movie! Nature ConnectsArt with LEGO bricks at Huntsville Botanical Garden will be on display running March 9 through May 20, 2018. This exhibit, by certified LEGO® artist Sean Kenney, features millions of bricks transformed into larger than life nature inspired statues!

Enjoy a fun LEGO® inspired lunch followed by the LEGO® Batman movie.  Kid Friendly event with plenty of active building going on after the movie in our build stations set-up just for YOU!

Under 3-Free $40  Family Pack includes 5 combo tickets
$10 Individual combo ticket
Non – Members will pay Garden Admission as well

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Mother’s Day Brunch & Butterfly Release

Sunday, May 13, 2018Butterfly2
12:30 PM
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Chef Jakob’s menu will include a breakfast casserole, a biscuit bar with a wonderful selection of southern gravies, fruit salad, mini croissants filled with chicken salad and pimento cheese, chicken tenders and handmade butterfly cookies for dessert!In addition to brunch catered by Table in the Garden, a Chef Jakob Concept, and the opportunity to release live butterflies into the Purdy Butterfly House, all mothers in attendance will receive a one of a kind custom selected gift!  Lori Clark, HBG’s manager of the Shoppe in the Garden worked with the education team to make this the BEST Mother’s Day ever! We’ll have plenty of butterflies to release so bring your camera to capture the moments!

Member Adult $18, Non-member Adult  $20
Member Child $10, Non-member Child $12, and Under 3 $0

Firefly Night Hike

July 10, 12, 24 & 26, 2018Adult Firefly - Photuris lucicrescens
Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater
7:30-9:30 PM
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Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater

(First parking lot immediately to your left as you enter the Garden)

Children of all ages enjoy these 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 and venture through the Dogwood Trail to see the mythological Gardens of Myth creatures lighted for nighttime viewing! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure!

Optional: Bring a clean, dry plastic jar with lid; mayonnaise jars work well, for a special firefly catch and release!

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

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