Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Visiting the Children’s Garden

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Have you peeked in the Children’s Garden lately?  While the garden does hold special treats for the little ones, visitors of all ages will enjoy this garden!


The Children’s Garden is a special place at the Arboretum where multi-generational families can enjoy playful and engaging educational opportunities in our natural world.  The garden includes:

The Water Channel.  This long, linear water garden is raised to seat height and allows visitors to study aquatic plant and animal life, including frogs, turtles, fish, snails and insects.

Peek-A-Boo Forest.  Upright junipers serve primarily as a windbreak to create a micro-climate for the Children’s Garden, but the plantings also serve as a “hide and seek” play element for younger children.


The Prairie Garden.  This area is multifaceted, with berms elevating prairie plants to form a maze.  The life cycles of butterflies and other insects are studied here in addition to plant identification.


The Dinosaur Dig.  This active area contains two zones, one for traditional sand box play and another to stimulate an archeological dig where bones and fossils can be identified.

Adjacent to the Children’s Garden, the R.J. McElroy Education Center hosts all children’s programming as well as Arboretum summer events. The building can be rented for private events and parties.


Also, new this year is two raised vegetable beds.  Tomatoes, carrots, peppers and lettuce are just a few of the vegetables growing.


You’ll want to make sure to check out all the pots, too.  They have special ID signs just for the kiddos to read!

See you in the gardens.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

June 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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