Things To Do
Open year-round, the Huntsville Botanical Garden contains diverse ecosystems to explore within its 118 acres. From grassy meadows to woodland paths, aquatic habitats to stunning floral collections, the Garden invites guests of all ages to discover the beauty and wonder of the natural environment. Stroll along the nature trails while admiring collections of Alabama’s native plants. Play freely in the Children’s Garden after encountering the fluttering butterflies in the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. Find serenity in the cool shade of the trees, surrounded by the sounds of nature. With additional events, exhibits, and programs throughout the year, the Garden is a source of plant conservation, education, and celebration for all.
Birds play a vital role in our ecosystem, and the Garden is a great place to learn about and see birds of all kinds. During the month of February, we show our appreciation for our feathered friends with events and educational programs for the whole family!
Enjoy the Garden with your four-legged friend! From mid-January through the end of February, dogs are welcome at the Garden every day. Bring your canine companion along to explore our dedicated pet-friendly paths and spend time in nature with your loved ones, tails and all!
Coming in March 2023, a new Garden exhibit will unfold: ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN, created by Santa Fe artists Jennifer and Kevin Box in collaboration with world-renowned origami artists. Inspired by the art of folding paper to make elegant objects, ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN transforms simple concepts into large-scale metal sculptures that will find their place among our own plant collections to delight, awe, and inspire.
The Gnomes are back to visit again!
Eager to get back into the swing of things, our tiny friends are going around to different corners of the Garden to bring a little magic. Ask staff members at the front desk in the Guest Center for a gnome guide, so you can be sure to find them all each week.
It’s time for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Every year since 1998, bird enthusiasts and nature lovers around the world have taken part in this four-day citizen science project to collect data on the distribution and abundance of bird species.
In this interactive experience in the Arbor, audience members team up in small groups to determine whodunnit. Some audience members will even get to act alongside the cast and play the roles of staff and entertainers. We’re dying to see you there!
Join birding expert Herb Lewis on this morning walk through the Garden to seek, spot, and identify birds in their natural habitat. With Herb as your guide, you will learn how to look for local and migrating birds, explore what kind of landscape attracts them, and come to see why the Garden is a hot spot for a multitude of bird species.
This all-ages program is an excellent opportunity to experience live raptors up close while learning about their natural history and vital ecological roles. The show features a selection of the Center’s raptor ambassadors and may include owls, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures, and eagles.
Join us as members of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with their Music in the City program to delight us with beautiful music in the Garden Atrium.
National Arbor Day is a nationwide celebration of the importance of trees and their impact on our communities. Here at the Garden, we will be celebrating Arbor Day with a 5k Race and 3k Sapling Run!
Spring is the perfect time to start a garden! Join us as we explore the ins and outs of gardening, including soil, plants, and bugs. Campers will learn about different ways to garden at home such as hydroponics and container gardening. By the end of the week, campers will have all the information they need to design their own garden at home!
Nature Academy provides hands-on science classes at the Garden to enrich STEM learning for students in grades K-8. Classes are new and improved every year, and registration is open to all homeschool, public school, and private school students in the area.
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Our 112-acre garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, wetlands, and a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections.
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