Summer is officially here. Engaging children with the outdoors can help foster a connection to nature and science while school is out of session. Botanic gardens like Mt. Cuba Center offer enriching and affordable family friendly events and activities this summer, like our annual Garden Wild event that celebrates the wonder of wildlife.
On Saturday, July 27th, Mt. Cuba Center invites visitors to take a walk on the wild side of gardening and celebrate the wonder of wildlife in Mt. Cuba’s gardens with hands-on learning activities that show how gardens are hubs of activity. Children and adults alike will have opportunities to get to know the insects, birds, and animals that call the gardens home while discovering the joy of sharing a garden with natural neighbors.
Garden Wild activities will run from 10 am to 4 pm and include a look into the underwater world of our ponds, carnivorous plant demonstrations, goat grazing, live music, food trucks, a local brewery and more. Plants for sale on site, while supplies last.
All activities are included with the cost of admission. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 17; children age 5 and under are free.
Story Time (11am, 1pm, 3pm): Take a break from the festivities to listen to a story or read one on your own.
Live Music: Jenn Minor (11AM-3:30PM)
Garden Highlight Walks (11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM) each walk lasts about 45 minutes. Tickets are $2 per person in addition to garden admission.
All Day Programming throughout the gardens:
Partners in Nature Scavenger Hunt: Discover unexpected wildlife relationships as you search for these plant and animal pairs throughout the gardens. Pick one up at the Information Tent.
Storybook Stroll along the Woods Path: Journey into the wilderness through the pages of Finding Wild, a story about looking for nature wherever you are.
Be the Beak: Planting is for the birds at Mt. Cuba Center! Learn how birds’ beaks are adapted to help them eat their favorite seeds, insects, and nectar by trying your hand at collecting food.
Mussels for Clean Water: Explore the exciting world of freshwater mussels with the Delaware Estuary! See how mussels clean our water by harnessing the power of filtration and find out how to help these imperiled animals.
Lawn Games: Enjoy a game with the whole family!
Amazing Grazing: Get up close and personal with some of Amazing Grazing’s hungriest employees – goats! Talk with the owners about the eco-friendly benefits of goat grazing as a land management option.
Discovery Grove: Go wild as you explore nature play activities.
Butterfly Creation Station: Craft your own colorful pollinator and fly it from flower to flower!
Wicked Plants at Mt. Cuba Center: Look for purple signs throughout the gardens to learn about plants’ wild characteristics that give them an edge when it comes to their protection and survival.
A Dragonfly’s Life: Dive into the world of dragonflies! From underwater nymph to airborne adult, learn about the unique life cycles of the dragonflies living in our ponds.
Fatal Attraction: Peek inside a carnivorous plant to see how they attract, trap, and eat unsuspecting insects.
Bellefonte Brewing (11:30 AM-3:30 PM)