Family Programs at the Garden
FAMILY PROGRAMS are for groups or individual families where the focus is on the whole participation of the group. We also offer YOUTH PROGRAMS where the program is focused on the youth, with a couple adults in attendace to help supervise the group.
2017 SCHEDULE of Sunday Family Programs
PLEASE NOTE: Programs are not offered August 27 & September 3, and the schedule may not be the same during our Special Family Day programs.
Sundays, May 7 - August 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays, September 10 - November 19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Activities may include:
• Bird Watching - every second Sunday, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
• Nature Hike - every Sunday, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
• Meet the Critters - every Sunday, 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
• Duck Feeding - every Sunday, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
• Story Time - every Sunday, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee: General admission
FREE for members of the Friends of the Garden and MUN students.
Sunday Morning Nature Hike: Explore Newfoundland barrens, boreal forest, or bog as you hike one of our nature trails with education staff. Learn about Newfoundland plants and animals while you enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise. Meet in the field centre at 10 a.m. This program is suitable for people of all ages who can walk for at least 1 hour. The nature trails are not wheelchair accessible.
Sunday Afternoon Family Programs: Offered Sunday afternoons, 2 - 4 p.m. Programs may include:
Meet the Critters: Be sure to drop by the classroom at 2 p.m. to meet our critters, including Squirt the red-eared slider turtle, our composting worms and more. Learn all about their far-away native habitats and find out why some of these visitors don’t always make good pets for everyone.
Arts & Crafts: This program may take place outdoors, depending on the weather. You and your family are invited to create some theme-related crafts, play some games and participate in some fun activities.
Story Time: This program may take place outdoors, depending on the weather. Join our education staff for story time and possibly a sing-a-long.
Nature Hike to Oxen Pond/Duck Feeding: Education staff will lead you on a leisurely guided stroll along the exploration trail, down to Oxen Pond. While you feed the ducks (food is provided) staff will help you identify and learn about the different waterfowl, insects and other creatures that live on Oxen Pond.
To participate in these drop-in programs, please check in 5 minutes prior to the start time at the visitor services desk, located in the Garden's field centre. Registration is not required, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note: these programs are not suitable for groups wishing to book a program at the Garden and are intended for individuals and/or families, with children of all ages.
Family programs can be booked with us to cover a general tour or a specific theme. We are happy to include storytime, songs, duck feeding, arts & crafts, meeting the critters, and games upon your request. All programs are held primarily outdoors and would include a walk through some of our gardens and trails. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have a specific theme you would like covered, and we will try to accomodate your request.
Program Availability: May 1st to November 19th, 2017
Program Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily; Programs run for 1 hour, but can be extended on request.
Fee: $9.00/adult & $5.00/youth.
Group Size: A total group size (youth and adults) of 8-25 is ideal. Smaller groups will have a minimum charge of $60.00. Larger groups will need to be split into smaller groups, that will each have their own guide.
Bookings: Programs must be booked ahead of time. We recommend booking your group at least two weeks in advance, or up to two months in advance if you need a specific date or time. Last minute bookings are difficult to accommodate, but we will try our best.
Guide: All family programs must be guided by a staff member of the Botanical Garden. Our guides are trained to provide your group with a pleasant and safe visit.
Refreshments: available upon request. Please call the Garden Café at 753–0173 for prices and further information on refreshment choice.
The General Garden and Pond Tour:
Most groups who are visiting the Botanical Garden for the first time book this general tour. On the 1 hour walk we hike through some natural areas (forest, bog), visit the pond to feed the wild ducks, and walk through parts of the cultivated gardens (areas may depend on season, weather, and time). All along the hike your guide will point out things to watch for, discuss a general overview of the habitat and many of the creatures that live in it, and most importantly express a respect for nature and the care of our environment.
Please note: Unfortunately we do not host birthday parties at the Botanical Garden at this time.