The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden will be closed for seasonal maintenance through January and early February, and will reopen February 24, 2018.

The Great Backyard Bird Count - 2018

Since 1998, bird watchers across North America have come together for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This February 16th- 18th is your chance to participate in the GBBC as a citizen scientist! In 2017 “an estimated 240,418 bird watchers from more than 100 countries submitted 181,606 bird checklists reporting 6,259 species–more than half the known bird species in the world,” according to the February 7th GBBC news release. Participating only takes 15 minutes outside with your little one to record the birds you see. All the materials you need to get started are provided below. So, grab some binoculars and a bird book, and get started!


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Opening Activities, February 24 - March 1

Name Time & Location Description
Creative Corner: Passport to Adventure All Day

Entry Plaza

This Blooms festival we are celebrating flowers from around the world. Create your own passport to carry on your journey through the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden!
Little Adventurers Activities 10:00 am
First Adventure
Bring your little adventurers for a hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Each day of the week will include new stories, songs, crafts and so much more.
Amazing Race 11:00 am,
1:00 & 3:00 pm
Exploration Center
Dirt is important and has a special job. From growing vegetables to creating a habitat, each different kind of soil has a purpose. Get down in the dirt with us to learn the methods scientists use to classify different soils and take part in what we call The Amazing Race.
OmniGlobe Presentation: Ecosystems of the World 11:30am
and 2:30 pm
Exploration Center
From the tropical rainforests of the equator, to the arctic tundras of the Earth’s Northern hemisphere, biomes define the living geography of the Earth’s surface. Come learn how biomes give a macro view of all the Earth’s ecosystems.
Navigating Nature 12:00 pm
Forget that map app! Make your way through the Habitats gallery using your own navigation skills while we assemble a map of our surroundings.
Compass Creations 4:00 pm
Earth Cycles
Calling all adventurers! We need you to help us navigate our garden after we create our own compass. Hone your travel skills and learn to navigate your world.

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