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.
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
Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson, bird feeder activity kit, paints, paintbrush, and birdseed
March's Garden Activity Kit: Weather
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
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.
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.