Nature Play Pop-Ups 2017

Matthaei Botanical Gardens hosts in the Gaffield Children’s Garden weekly Monday-morning Nature Play Pop-ups this summer. From 10 – 11:30 am, June 5 – August 28, volunteers will lead a hands-on, exploratory nature play activity. Our lightly guided activities will be centered in the Nature Art area of the Gaffield Children’s Garden. Young children will have hands-on fun while taking a closer look at nature; parents may be reminded of simple ways to encourage creative nature play at home. No registration; the pop-ups are free. First to arrive, first to play. Kids can join in as spaces open during the 10-11:30 Pop-up. Suggested ages 3-7. All materials stay at Gaffield Children’s Garden unless otherwise specified.

June 5: Seashell Dig
Digging is satisfying work and we’ve been awarded a prized seashell collection! Use your imagination to pretend you’re on the beach, digging for these beautiful seashells, and wondering about the fantastic creatures who created them. All shells return to the ‘beach’ to be recycled for the next round of diggers.  

June 12: Treasure Dig
We are digging again! This time for buried treasures — artifacts and natural treasures — bring your imagination! (Pond Dipping will be rescheduled as our pond allows.)

June 19: Building Wee Fairy Houses
Volunteers will supply a specially curated supply of fairy house building materials. While building, consider the tiny creatures who might find it a suitable home.

June 26: Bubbles!
Spend some time with our volunteers creating giant bubbles!