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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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Scout Day at the Garden for Younger Scouts

Sunday, April 21, 2024  |  12:30-3 pm
$12 per scout
Adult chaperones are free

Work on scout badges and achievement requirements at the Botanical Garden! For K-3rd grade Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Scouts will visit stations in the Aaron Education Center and go on a nature walk. Some of the topics include: composting with worms, insects, Leave No Trace, planting seeds, and pollination. Scouts will receive a garden fun patch and a list of completed activities towards their badge or achievements.

We ask that 2nd and 3rd graders arrive at 12:20 pm at the earliest, and K-1st graders arrive at 12:45 pm to make the check-in process smoother.  If you have a mix of ages, arriving anytime between 12:30 and 12:45pm is fine.  You can leave when you are done.

Sorry, this workshop is full. Individual scouts can be added to the waitlist by Emailing Us .
We cannot accommodate groups on our waitlist.

Youth Workshop: Landscape Architecture

Saturday, June 15, 10am-3:30pm
$24.50 BBGS Member or Scout/$35 all others
Adult chaperones are free
In-Person

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! For youth 12-18 years old.

This workshop fulfills requirements for the BSA Landscape Architecture badge and is led by a merit badge counselor. It would also fulfill requirements for the Girl Scout Cadette STEM Career Exploration badge. You do not need to be a scout to participate. Scouts may need to put in some additional time.

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.

Past Workshops

Email Us for information about when these workshops will be offered again.

Introduction to Nature Journaling

This workshop will introduce children and their adult chaperones to the goals and practices of nature journaling based on the books of John Muir Laws. We will begin with an indoor presentation, followed by outdoor journaling practice and then opportunities to share your discoveries and interests with the rest of the group. No prior experience or art expertise is necessary. Materials will be supplied. Please dress for the weather. This workshop is geared to children and youth 7-14 years old. Children 7-11 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Children’s Craft Workshop: Winter Stars

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. Suitable for children in grades K and above. Registration is by individual child.

Youth Workshop: Landscape Architecture

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! For youth 12-18 years old.

This workshop fulfills requirements for the BSA Landscape Architecture badge and is led by a merit badge counselor. It would also fulfill requirements for the Girl Scout Cadette STEM Career Exploration badge. You do not need to be a scout to participate. Scouts may need to put in some additional time.

Youth Workshop: Outdoor Art

Explore nature and create several different kinds of outdoor-themed art! We will meet with a local artist and participants will create their own individual art, as well as work together to create a collaborative art piece. We will also do wearable art and an audio and visual snapshot activity throughout the Garden. Participants should bring a phone/camera and a lunch. All materials provided.

This workshop fulfills requirements for the Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Outdoor Art badges. We do not supply the official badge, but we do offer a fun patch.

Children’s Workshop: Creative Explorations with Drawing

Taught by Rohini Mathur. Drawing skills lay the foundation for all artistic endeavors, while unleashing a child’s creativity like nothing else. We will work on multiple drawing projects ranging from still life drawings to a lovely garden landscape scene to even making our own cartoon comic strip. We will mix and match different art media including pencils, colored pencils, oil pastels and markers. We will be creating inside in the classroom, as well as exploring the beautiful Garden with outdoor activities. Bring your enthusiasm and imaginative spirit and let your creativity soar in this highly fun, engaging and creative workshop. Workshop designed for 4th-6th graders. All materials provided. Includes a half-hour lunch break.

Children’s Workshop: Outdoor Art

First we will take a tour of art in the garden, and then we will do some painting, play a game, and create a mini-garden to take home. A garden fun patch is included. Recommended age: 6-9 years old.  This workshop fulfills requirements for the GS Brownie Outdoor Art Creator badge, but you do not need to be a scout to participate. This is not a drop-off event. Chaperones are free.

Children’s Workshop: Beneficial Bugs

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.

Children’s Workshop: All About Tardigrades

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: Garden Design

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

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.