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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Session Dates,  Descriptions and Registration:

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

March 27 – Lovely Leaves
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!

April 3 – 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!

April 10 – 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.

April 17 – Incredible Edible Plants
Not only are plants beautiful, but they can also be delicious and nutritious! Learn about the plants we can eat and the nutrients they contain. We will explore what our favorite fruit and vegetable seeds look like & where they can grow. Find out what colors these plants can be and what parts of our body they help to stay strong!


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