Join us this July for free programs for visitors of all ages. All activities take place in Venema Plaza & Gardens. Registration is not required. Discovery Field Packs will be available for check out during drop-by programs. Programs will be canceled due to rain; in that case, we will post an update here.
Games in the Gardens │ Drop by Mondays 1:30-3:30 pm
Lawn games such as Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Cornhole and Tic Tac Toe will be set up throughout the gardens for visitors to play.
Dates: July 5, 12, 19 & 25
Create with Nature │ Drop by Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 pm
Be inspired by our gardens and let your creativity blossom. Materials and basic instructions will be provided.
July 7: Sun prints │ July 14: Nature painting with natural watercolors and inks │ July 21: Impressionism tissue paper art │ July 28: Chalk art murals
Guided Garden Walks │ Thursdays at 9-10 am
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Discover what is currently blooming in the gardens and learn more about gardening with natives in this immersive tour of both our formal and naturalistic gardens. Tour content will vary as the gardens are dynamic and ever changing. Come back for a new experience each time. The Glasshouse will be open to purchase native plants after the tours.
Dates: July 8, 15, 22 & 29
Wildlife Encounters │ Drop by Fridays 1:30-3:30 pm
Meet our animals up close and ask our staff questions about them.
July 9: Michigan Turtles │ July 16: Michigan Snakes │ July 23: Aquatic Macroinvertebrates │ July 30: Insects (We meet in the tall grass prairie for this program; follow the directional signs from Venema Plaza to the prairie.)