be a w.o.n.d.e.r. kid
Kids and family enjoy the weekend drop-in W.O.N.D.E.R. program in the Smith Children's Garden , but did you know families can W.O.N.D.E.R. together at home? At-home activity packets related to our monthly W.O.N.D.E.R. themes are available for even more fun and exploration!
To encourage participation, kids can earn badges and other goodies when they complete activities and attend a W.O.N.D.E.R. program in the Garden. All participants will receive their very own W.O.N.D.E.R. kid membership card!
Families can pick up their at-home W.O.N.D.E.R. activity packets in the Garden or download them below:
January -- Birds: Southwest Florida is a birdwatcher's paradise! Learn about some of the unique birds in our area, find out how to identify birds, and start your "life list" of all the birds you have seen!
February -- Habitats: What do oceans, swamps, forests, deserts, and gardens all have in common? They are all habitats for different kinds of plants and animals! Find out about unique habitats in southwest Florida and different animals' habitat needs.
March -- Flowers: What is the reason for a flower? Find out the answer to this and more as you undertake floral investigations, learn about Florida's flowers, and more!
April -- Trees: Have you hugged a tree today? From habitats to oxygen, to building materials, to shade, trees provide lots of services to people and animals alike. Discover more about what makes trees so tree-rific!
May -- Recycling & Pollution: Help your planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling! In this activity packet, you'll find out some fun and creative ways to recycle at home!
June -- Seeds: Discover the diverse wold of seeds and gain an appreciation for the journeys seeds take!
July -- Bees: For every third bite of food you take, thank a bee! Learn how to bee-safe and find out why bees are so important and how you can help them!
August -- World of Water: All life on Earth depends on water. Learn more about freshwater habitats and how water conservation protects those habitats.
September -- Stormy Weather and Mangroves: Find out how mangroves help protect us from stormy weather, how to predict stormy weather, and much more!
October -- Butterflies: Learn about the butterflies in southwest Florida and become a citizen scientist. Your observations can help professional scientists learn more about butterflies!
November -- Edible Gardening: Think you only eat fruits and vegetables when you eat plant parts? Think again! Gain a whole new appreciation for edible plants, learn more about the fruits and vegetables grown here in Florida, and get started on your own edible garden!
December -- Animal Tracks: Animal tracks tell you more about an animal than just the number of toes it has! Discover what can be learned from an animal track and learn how to identify the tracks of some common Florida animals.
Parent Guide:Includes instructions for redeeming completed at-home activities for badges!
The Garden W.O.N.D.E.R. program is offered Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am in the Children's Garden. Each month's program begins with a story related to our monthly nature-based theme, followed by fun, themed hands-on activities.
For the wee ones! wee W.O.N.D.E.R. classes meet once a month and offer a fun, hands-on way for young children and their caregivers to explore plants and the natural world while developing an understanding and appreciation for nature.
Each class is $8/member child and one adult caregiver, or $12/nonmember child and one adult caregiver; please no infants or older siblings. Participating children must be between the ages of 3 and 5.
Class size is limited to 12 participating children, so registration is required: please contact Youth Programs Manager Britt Patterson-Weber at 239.325.1356.
Tuesday, November 12, 10am: Spud Buddies Do you dig potatoes? We sure do! See how potatoes grow, discover new uses for spuds, and plant a sweet potato to take home.
Tuesday, December 10, 10am: Whose Foot is This? Explore animal tracks and find out what you can learn about an animal just by looking at its feet!
Tuesday, January 8, 10am: Bird is the Word What's your wingspan? Are you bigger than a hawk but smaller than a pelican? Find out in this class as we learn about the feathered friends all around us.