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: Outdoor Art

Saturday, June 4, 2022
9 – 11am
In-person

We will take a tour of art in the garden! Then we will do some painting, play a game, and create a mini-garden to take home. Garden fun patch 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.

$17.50 BBGS Member or Scout/$25 nonmember; chaperones free.

Landscape Architecture 

Sunday, June 12, 2022
1:30 – 5:30pm
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! Garden patch included. Recommended age: middle/high school.

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 some additional time.

$24.50 BBGS member or scout/$35 nonmember.

Children’s Workshop: Birds and their Flower Friends

Sunday, June 12, 2022
1 – 3pm
In-person

This workshop will focus on a couple of the common birds that we find at the botanical garden and the jobs they do related to plants.  We will have activities, a craft project and a tour of the garden. Recommended age: 3-7 years old.

  • BBGS Members: $17.50. Each additional child is $10.
  • Non-Members: $25. Each additional child is $10.

Crazy for Nature Photography

July 7, 9 &  14, 2022
6-7:30pm,
Online & In-Person

Taught by Ray Pfortner. Do you love nature? Do you want to learn how to capture it thru your camera? Then this workshop is for you! This is designed as a 3-part photography class focusing on the time-tested principles of composition, when to apply them, and even when not to. The first and last meeting will be on Zoom; the second meeting will be in person photographing at the Garden which will be our studio, canvas, and focus. Our results will be posted to Flickr.com to share in and outside of the two Zoom sessions for feedback.  The class is aimed at yout aged 10-15 of all skill levels. You can use any digital camera, phone, point and shoot, dSLR or mirrorless camera that allows you to post your results to Flickr. This is a three-part class and once you register for the first one, you will automatically be registered for all three. Registration fee includes all three classes.

$63 BBGS member/$90 nonmember

Children’s Workshop: Moths Among Us

Sunday, July 17, 2022
1 – 3pm
In-Person

Come and celebrate National Moth Week with us! We will have moth related activities, a craft project and a tour of the garden.  Recommended age: 3-7 years old.

  • BBGS Members: $17.50. Each additional child is $10.
  • Non-Members: $25. Each additional child is $10.

Youth Workshop: Outdoor Art Workshop

Saturday, August 13, 2022
10:30am – 2:30pm
In-Person

Explore nature and create several different kinds of outdoor-themed art! Rohini Mathur, a local artist, will be teaching and sharing different mixed media art techniques. Participants will create their own individual painting 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. There will be a lunch break. Recommended age: middle/high school.

This workshop fulfills requirements for the Girl Scout Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice, Senior Outdoor Art Expert, and Ambassador Outdoor Art Master. You do not need to be a scout to participate.

Registration for this workshop will open in late May.

Private Youth Group/Scout Workshops

Private youth group or Scout badge workshops are being offered on a limited basis starting in March 2022. 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.