2017 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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Session Dates,  Descriptions and Registration:

Wednesday Sessions

The Life Cycle of the Gardens– November 1, 2017
It’s that time of year! The leaves are changing colors, the bugs are hiding underground, and the birds are migrating. Let’s find out what kinds of plant life are super strong and can withstand the upcoming weather; and what they do to protect themselves during the colder months, as they patiently wait for warm weather again.


A Walk in the Woods – November 8, 2017
Let’s use our senses while we take a walk in the woods. We’ll explore the natural terrain of the woodlands, and experience different sounds and sights. Let’s explore the pine forest, and reach the sunny meadows while pointing out our woodland friends along the way!


Thursday Sessions

Who Lives in Larry the Magnolia Tree? – Nov. 2
Do you know anyone or anything that lives in a tree? Come meet Larry - one of the most famous tree at the Gardens. Learn how Larry is home to many animals and how animals and trees benefit each other.  Have some fun playing squirrel tag, making letter art, and reading a poem to help you all learn!

Bamboo Forest – November 9
Did you know Bamboo is the world’s fastest growing plant? Come explore our Bamboo Forest right here in the Rutgers Gardens and you’ll know more about this interesting plant than a panda!