I Spy! Tours

The I Spy! program for children and families is a fun, interactive way to enjoy a guided walk through the Arboretum while exploring a topic of interest along the way! Your hour-long experience begins with an introduction at the Visitor Center before exploring the garden with your tour guide to focus on the chosen topic. At the end of the program, pick up a "Take and Make" craft or science activity to complete at home.

Group Option: Book an I Spy! Tour

Book an I Spy! tour for a group of up to 10 participants and enjoy a fun adventure together! As the organizer, you choose the date, topic, and pay for the tour when you make the reservation. This is a great option for families who want to enjoy an activity together with parents, children, grandparents and other friends. Tours may proceed with fewer participants but may not exceed 10 total individuals. Tours are a $50.00 (flat fee) and at least one participant must be an adult. Book your tour through our registration e-store.

Individual Options: Register for an I Spy! Morning Walk

This individual option allows you to participate in a tour with other participants who are interested in exploring the same topic together! Pre-registration is required and the fee is $5.00 per child (no fee for adults). This is a great option for those who want to participate in an I Spy! program but don't want to book an entire tour. Keep an eye on our programs and events calendar for scheduled dates and topics.


Birds in the Garden: What birds will we spy in the garden today? (winter/spring)

Blooming Fun!: Discover the parts of the flower and the diversity of blooms in our landscape. (spring/summer)

Bees and Butterflies:  Learn about the lifestyles and life cycles of these fascinating insects. (spring/summer)

Art in the Garden: While the garden is a work of art in itself, come learn about the other creative pieces of art tucked away in plain sight! (summer/fall)

Trees and Leaves: A celebration of all things "tree!" … types, sizes, shapes, and colors. (fall/winter)

Seeds on the Move: Investigate the surprising variety of ways seeds get moving to continue a plant's life cycle. (fall/winter)

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