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This page lists workshops for youth groups, scout groups, and families. Please see our Living Lab page for school field trip information and our Kids in the Garden page for our weekly preschool program.

Upcoming Workshops

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Children’s Workshop: Beneficial Bugs

Saturday, May 20, 2023
1:00-3:00 pm
$17.50 BBGS Member or Scout/$25 all others
(adult chaperones are free)

Taught by Pauline O’Rourke. What are Beneficial Bugs? Why do we need them and how do we attract them to our garden? Join us at the Bellevue Botanical Garden as we examine live insects, read a story, create a bug craft, and go in search of pollinators. Best for ages 3-8 with accompanying adult(s). Fulfills requirements for the Girl Scout Brownie badge.

Past Workshops

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Children’s Craft Workshop: Winter Stars

Sunday, December 4, 2022
$17.50 BBGS Member/$25 Non-member

Participants will create stars out of natural materials that often are emphasized in the winter months. From berries to vines, you will be creating several different kinds of stars to create a garland or to hang as an ornament! All materials will be provided to complete this craft. This is an adult/child class, so an adult needs to also attend the workshop. Adults are free. Registration is by individual child.

Children’s Workshop: All About Tardigrades

Saturday, October 9, 2022
$17.50 BBGS Member/$25 Non-member

Tardigrades are amazing microscopic aquatic creatures that live just about everywhere! Come learn about tardigrades and build a tardigrade habitat to take home. We will have tardigrade related activities and a moss tour of the garden. Recommended for ages 6-10. Registration is by individual child. Adults attend for free with their children.

Youth Workshop: Landscape Architecture

Saturday, October 1, 2022
9am – 2:30pm
$24.50 BBGS Member or scout/$35 Non-member

We will tour part of the botanical garden, do some plant identification, make a scale drawing, and design a landscape for a local building. We will also talk about careers in the field and meet with a landscape professional! Garden patch included. Lunch break. Recommended for ages 12-18.

This workshop fulfills requirements for the BSA Landscape Architecture badge, but you don’t need to be a scout to participate. Scouts may need to put in additional time.

Youth Workshop: Garden Design

Saturday, October 1, 2022
9am – 12pm
$17.50 BBGS Member or scout/$25 Non-member

Participants will learn about plants and their needs and how to choose the right plant for the right place! We will cover different types of gardens, how to use a plant guide for identification, basic garden design, how to set-up a seed experiment, and how to share plants with others. Geared to 8-11-year-olds.  This is not a drop off workshop. A single adult can chaperone several participants. Garden patch included. Recommended for ages 8-11.

This workshop fulfills requirements for the Girl Scout Junior gardening badge and parts of the BSA Webelo Into the Wood, Into the Wild, and Science Adventures achievements. You do not need to be a scout to participate.

Youth Workshop: All About Trees

Saturday, October 1, 2022
9am – 12pm
$17.50 BBGS Member or scout/$25 Non-member

Together, we will explore the world of trees through art, media, scientific inquiry, and exploration of the garden. We will learn about the urban forest ecosystem, tree identification, new technologies in the forestry industry, as well as related career and local service opportunities. Recommended for ages 12-15.

This workshop fulfills requirements for the Girl Scout Cadette tree badge and parts of the BSA Forestry merit badge. BSA Scouts would need to contact us beforehand. You do not need to be a scout to participate.

Private Youth Group/Scout Workshops

Private youth group or Scout badge workshops are offered on a limited basis. Please email us to organize a private workshop at the Garden for your youth group. We can also do a virtual program, if that works best for your group.