The Children's Garden at the Arboretum

The Kentucky Children’s Garden is a 2-acre garden designed to share the joy and wonder of nature and plants. The garden’s features include child-sized representations of Kentucky’s landscapes (natural and man-made, past and present) as well as themed gardens including butterfly, vegetable and transportation gardens.

Connecting children to nature while they are young helps build essential skills and attitudes. Studies show that early nature connection can influence enthusiasm and respect toward nature throughout a lifetime. Additionally, nature play encourages healthy child development in many areas including social, emotional and physical. Not to mention, it’s fun! 

When:  Friday, October 11th, 2019 @ 10:00am-2:00pm

              (schedule is listed at the bottom of this page)

Who:  Any children but probably most appealing to ages 1-10

Cost:  $4 per person (under 2 years receive free admission)

           We will pay per person at the visitors center upon arrival.


What to wear: Play clothing that you aren't afraid to ruin (your child will be muddy and wet), water shoes/crocs that can be left on at all times even in the creek, sunscreen, water, towels, and an extra change of dry clothing. If you'd like to pack a lunch feel free as there is a designated area for eating.

Where: Children's Garden at the UK Arboretum

              500 Alumni Drive

              Lexington, KY 40503

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 9th



9:45am - Arrive at The Arboretum
               - Instruct group to play on the logs outside of the KCG
               - Go to the Visitor Center to purchase wristbands
               - Put wristbands on group
10:00am - KCG opens
                - Bring students inside and allow them to explore the garden    as a group (or groups)
10:25am - Listen for the bell that announces programming. Gather your group to head to the location of the program
10:30am - Programming. Program last approximately 20 minutes depending on the activity and
group interest. See program calendar at
11:00am - Train runs

11:15am - Free play/lunch
12:00 or 12:30pm - Tour of the garden
1:00 to 2:00pm - Free play

For More Information:  Please visit

Note: Please be aware that you are registering for this field trip through Wellspring Homeschool Community.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

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