Little Sprouts


Do you have young children who are looking to explore and discover the natural world of plants, animals, and insects? If so, join us for our Little Sprouts Garden Adventures drop-in program. Children ages 3-5 and their adult will be led on garden explorations to learn about nature by using all of their senses. Each program session focuses on a different topic and explores different parts of the Gardens. See details of each program session below.


Little Sprouts

Registration is required and opens 1 week prior to each program date.


Who: Children ages 3-5 years old, with an adult (adult must be on-hand to explore and discover with the child. Younger children may be brought only if it still allows adult to participate.)
Where: Meet at the Log Cabin/Pavilion. Click here for directions to the Gardens. If using GPS, you can use the address “140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick”.
When: Sessions start promptly on 10:30. Sessions will be approximately 1 hour long.
Cost: Free for Rutgers Gardens Family Members or $8 per child per session.  Payments (cash or checks only) can be made at start of each session.

  • You must register for each session separately
  • Confirmation of registration will be emailed to you.
  • Class size is limited.
  • If you registered and must cancel, please let us know (to give someone else a chance to sign up.) To cancel, email Debbie at

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Session Dates,  Descriptions and Registration:

Seed Need April 5, 2017
Seeds grow and give us beautiful plants, but how do they spread and grow in the wild? Learn about the different types of plants seeds become, how seeds travel, and even find some super spectacular seeds in the Rutgers Gardens!

Grow As We Go April 12, 2017
Do you know what it takes to grow up big and strong? Just like people, other animals start as babies and grow into adults. Discover the different lifecycles of bugs, plants, fish, birds and other types of animals and even see the different life stages of the animals that live in the gardens.

Looking at Leaves April 19, 2017
Leaves can tell us many great things about the plants they come from! Observe a variety of the leaves we have at the gardens and learn all about the ways you can tell leaves apart. Find your favorite leaf at our gardens and discover what type of tree or plant it comes from.

Busy Bees April 26, 2017
Buzz Buzz! Bees are busy this time of year making honey but they also give us so much more. Learn about these honey bees and all the wonderful ways they help our planet and spot out some honey bees working hard as we walk through the gardens.  

Incredible Edible Plants May 3, 2017
Explore the incredible edible parts of plants that you eat every day! Plants give us a lot of the nutrients we need in order to be healthy. We will look at all the different parts of the plants we can eat and get the chance to try some of the tasty treats we have growing in the Youth Vegetable garden.

Little Sprouts programs are free to our Rutgers Gardens Family Members. Non-members pay a nominal charge of $8 for each child per session.  All 1 hour programs will meet in the Log Cabin at 10:30am.
If you will be using a GPS the address for the Log Cabin is 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ.