Garden Activity Kits

Garden Activity Kits are a great way to bring our monthly children's programs themes alive in your home while supporting the JCRA's Children's Program.

family enjoying activities in Garden Activity Kit

Each month, we create an activity kit for families to connect with the month's theme. Kits include a children's fiction or non-fiction book for families to read together, activities that help families explore the topic deeper, plants or seeds, a special creation from the JCRA gardens, and the Garden Spotlight on that month's theme.

January's Garden Activity Kit: Bulbs Sold Out

And Then It's Spring written by Julie Fogliano, an amaryllis bulb, container, and soil

February's Garden Activity Kit: Birds Sold Out

Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson, bird feeder activity kit, paints, paintbrush, and birdseed

March's Garden Activity Kit: Weather Sold Out

Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup, a weather journal, a cloud identification activity, and a rain lily (Habranthus sp.)

April's Garden Activity Kit: Flowers Sold Out

What's Inside A Flower? (And Other Questions About Science & Nature) by Rachel Ignotofsky, a flower press, marigolds, and a special creation of pressed flowers and leaves from the JCRA's gardens

May's Garden Activity Kit: Bees Sold Out

The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner, an African blue basil plant (Ocimum 'African Blue'), beeswax candle making activity, and a special treat from the JCRA's honeybees!

June's Garden Activity Kit: Butterflies Sold Out

The Amazing Life Cycle of Butterflies by Kay Barnham and illustrated by Maddie Frost, a hardy Dutchman's pipe plant (Aristolochia fimbriata), supplies to create a caterpillar rearing cage, a butterfly suncatcher craft , a butterfly net (can not be shipped), and a guide to the most common butterflies at the Arboretum.

July's Garden Activity Kit: Water Sold Out

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson, a succulent plant from the Arboretum, a rain gauge craft, and an insulated cup with a cactus coloring sheet insert with colored pencils.

August's Garden Activity Kit: Summer Harvest

Right This Very Minute, a table-to-farm book about food and farming by Lisl H. Detlefsen; Art by Renee Kurilla. A basil plant (Ocimum basilicum 'Everleaf Thai Towers'), a packet of cool-weather garden seeds, and kid-friendly kitchen tools, including a cutting board and nylon blunt-tipped knife for slicing and dicing.

September/October's Garden Activity Kit: Leaves and Trees Sold Out

This Tree Counts! by Alison Formento, a leaf collecting journal, a leaf rubbing plate, wood play pieces, and a collection of treasures from the trees in the JCRA gardens.

Garden Activity Kits are available in limited quantities and available for purchase in our online e-store.  Kits can either be picked up from the Arboretum or shipped for an additional fee. Kits for pickup will be available on an advertised date. If you can not pick up your kit on the set date, other arrangements may be made. Any kit being shipped must be designated as such and the additional fee paid at the time of order.

November's Garden Activity Kit: The Garden at Night

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd, a fun story of a boy whose flashlight reveals the magic of the night, a flashlight to explore your garden, bulbs to plant this fall for a spring moonlight garden, a nighttime scavenger hunt, and this month's Garden Spotlight on what's happening at night in the garden.

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