Parents & Teachers

Parents and teachers are vital to our gardens. We want to work with you to make all your visits to the 4-H Children's Gardens wonderful learning experiences for everyone.

Here are a few tips to help make your garden visits the best that they can be:

  • First we thank you for bringing our kids to experience plants in the wonderful space of the 4-H Children's Gardens.
  • We want you and your kids to "experience plants" while you are here.
  • Take time to explore with your kids - touch the plants, smell the flowers and leaves, look, listen and enjoy!
  • Get down on your knees and look at the garden from your kid's perspective - it can be a very interesting view!
  • Encourage your kids to ask lots of questions.
  • And most of all, HAVE FUN!!

We look forward to seeing you and your kids in the garden. Be sure to say hi when you see us!

Family Programs

Programs are offered approximately weekly.

Families, friends, everyone is welcome to attend! Some programs are free, other cost $5 per child. Parking is free for some programs - check our calendar here for details.

To register on-line, click here.

To register by phone, call Jessica Wright at 517-353-0452.

School Visits

We would love to have you bring your classes for exciting discovery field trips or to be part of our Seeds of Science program.

Please contact our Education Coordinator, Jessica Wright at 517-353-0452, to arrange a field trip or Seeds of Science visits that meet your educational needs.

During your visit

While you are here, be sure to experience plants! Touch, smell, listen and look closely. Here are just a few things to look for and do:

  • Find Lamb's Ear and feel the leaves.
  • Sit on the sheep and have someone take your picture.
  • Be sure to check out the Pizza Garden.
  • Find some chocolate mint and smell it.
  • Go over the Monet Bridge.
  • Wander through the Alice in Wonderland Maze - but don't get lost!
  • Dance on the dance chimes.
  • Have lots of fun!
  • What other fun things can you find to do in the garden? Feel free to sniff, touch and watch the wonders!