Expanded Discovery Garden
More than tripling the size of the existing garden, the expanded Discovery Garden will comfortably accommodate the next generation of naturalists and inspire them with exciting new experiences and activities. Maintaining its original focus on very young children (ages 3 to 6), the new garden will also broaden its offerings to engage young people to age 12.
A Closer Look at the Discovery Garden
Winding, intimate paths through tall meadow grasses and flowers will create the impression of immersion in a wild ecosystem. Native plantings that attract butterflies, bees, moths, and hummingbirds will also lend themselves to a focus on plant-pollinator relationships.
The largest area in the new Discovery Garden, the woodland will include both deciduous and evergreen forest environments. Raised boardwalks and platforms will allow children to explore the habitat from a variety of vantage points.
Young naturalists will follow a circuit of split logs and boulders surrounding this rich environment populated with species that have adapted to living in or near water.
Hamm Children’s Learning Center
This gardening area will be dedicated to the cultivation of flowers, fruits, and vegetables and offer visitors hands-on scientific encounters with the natural world as they sow, tend, and harvest plants that relate to their own lives.