Young Artists in the Garden
Each week, Young Artists in the Garden will provide activities like coloring, reading books, making art and playing games – all focusing on a different type of plant! Join the fun in the Weisbrod Learning Pavilion, located in the Garden of the Five Senses.
Interactive Garden Features
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is designed with learning in mind. Throughout the Garden you will find informational displays, fact sheets and interactive areas to strengthen your connection to the Garden. Look for some of these fun areas to take your visit to the next level:
Discovery Cart – Stop by the discovery cart and explore interesting facts on plants and nature. You will find this cart near the Weisbrod Learning Pavilion from April through October.
Tree Times – Take an activity sheet and visit the Tree Times stops along the main path. Learn about native trees and the history of the country.
Nature Passport – Grab a Nature Passport with activities to enhance your visit.
Letterboxing and Geocaching – Follow clues to find letterboxes hidden in the Garden (no equipment needed). Or use a hand-held GPS enabled device along with a list of clues to find hidden geocaches.
Adventure Backpack Program
Before you venture out into the Garden, check out an Adventure Backpack from the Welcome Desk. These interactive kits are loaded with info cards to identify plants and animals, stories to accompany your visit, activities to fill out while you’re here and tools such as magnifying glasses and/or binoculars to help you during your visit!
Choose from three different Adventure Backpacks:
Birds – Learn about common birds of Western PA, their role in the native ecosystem and where to look to spot them.
Trees – Explore the woodlands and learn all about different tree species and how important they are to the plants and animals living among them.
Family – Something for everyone with lots of activities and information on everything from plants, trees, and flowers to birds and insects.
Summer Day Camps
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s Summer Day Camps are an excellent way for kids to spend a fun, educational day outdoors learning about plants and enhancing their connection to the natural world. The day’s activities and lessons teach kids about the vital roles that plants play in our daily lives and provides some practical skills to encourage their botanical curiosity.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has several opportunities for Scouts of all ages and interests to earn badges and complete electives. Find scout programs below and check out the Events Calendar for 2023 availability!
Trees of Pennsylvania | Ages 5+ or Ages 8+
Be a forester for a day, learn all about native trees and celebrate Arbor Day at the Garden.
Flower Badge | Grades K-8
Explore the science of flowers, create a floral art project and learn the traditional hidden meanings behind flowers that are given as gifts. Suitable for Girl Scouts, accompanied by their leader, as part of their electives.
Bug Badge | Grades K-8
Something for everyone with lots of activities and information on everything from plants, trees, and flowers to birds and insects. Suitable for Girl Scouts, accompanied by their leader, as part of their electives.