Children at the Arb

From StoryTime to nature crafts and activities for all ages, busy families can find plenty of ways to explore the Arboretum in person or from home. 



Experience the wonder and excitement of this popular Pre-K program at home this fall! Foster your child’s connection to the natural world and follow the season’s changes as you learn together. 

Classes, Programs for Kids & Families


Family programs, special access experiences, kids' night out, homeschool days, scouting, school programs and self-guided tours. We specialize in helping kids "dig in" to plants through science and engaging hands-on programs and activities.

Flora & Fauna Coloring Pages

Coloring Pages

We’ve turned images from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) collection into coloring pages. Help us celebrate this wonderful collection by adding your own artistic touch.

Nature Journal Academy

Nature Journal

Join Reba, your Arboretum instructor, for scientific and artistic discoveries inspired by nature! Sessions engage kids (together with an adult) in active learning and outdoor exploration.

Kids Activities on Nature Notes

DIY Rainmaker

Find new activities for nature play each Thursday on our Nature Notes blog.  Activities are perfect for kids ages 1 to 7.


Botanical Coloring Pages


Download our botanical coloring pages and add your creative touch to nature! We will add pages each week throughout the summer and fall. Perfect for kids of all ages.

Learn, Play and Explore Nature

Child running

Our guide to educating and entertaining children at the Arboretum and at home this fall. Remember to make a reservation before coming to the Arb--members and kids 15 and under are free; $15 for non-members 16+.  

StoryTime at Home


While the Andersen Horticultural Library remains closed, Lee Anne Laskey will read to us from her book nook! New StoryTime at Home videos are posted every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. until our buildings reopen.

PlantMaker Studio at Home

kid with tablet

Dive into nature with projects you can do at home with materials you have on hand! New videos are posted each week with fun activities designed to help you discover and explore the plants and habitats around you.