2018 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.


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 dhenry@sebs.rutgers.edu.


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Little Sprouts Fall 2018 Dates, Descriptions and Registration Links
(Note Registration Links will be available 1 week before each program date)


October 23 – Bug Buddies
There are millions of different insect species on the planet. Discover a few that have homes in our gardens and how they help the garden stay healthy. We will learn about their lifecycle, where they live, and what they eat! Leave no leaf unturned while searching for your bug buddies. Also the group will get a chance to taste some of our edible plants in the garden before they go out of season!

October 30th – Animals in the Forest
What else lives in Rutgers Gardens besides the beautiful plants? Learn about all of the different animals that have a home here! We will discuss the habitats of various animals and what they like to eat. We will take a walk through the forest to see what types of animals we can spot, move like our favorite animals, and play a matching game!

November 8 – Who lives in that log? – RESCHEDULED FROM November 6th
Even though it can be sad when a tree dies, the outcome is a log that is very much alive; many animals and critters call these living logs home! We will explore the gardens for critters, learn how huge and heavy wood turns into light and airy dirt every day, and finish the day by making a critter craft!