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Youth and Family Programs

Episodic special family frolic days, scouting days, family workshops, camps, and classes are scheduled during the year for youth and family audiences to learn about and engage with aspects of Powell Gardens and nature. Please see the featured listings below or click on our calendar to view upcoming opportunities for these audiences.


Refund policy: Full refunds for those enrolled in classes, events or other programs will be given if the refund request is made seven days prior to the scheduled class or event date (see full refund policy)


Girl Scout Workshop: Nature’s Narrative
Saturday, September 29, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-3:30 p.m

This workshop combines a sensory walk through the gardens with nature-inspired art creations. Participants will observe and mimic the unique sounds and motions of plants and animals discovered, and use cameras to create and tell their own stories after they build miniature elf houses. This experience is designed for Brownies to complete requirements for the Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Art Creator Badge. Steps 1 and 3-5 in the Brownie’s Outdoor Art Creator Badge Booklet will be completed during this workshop. Materials and instruction are included but we encourage participants to bring a digital camera (phone cameras work best). Please dress for the weather and light physical activity. Space for each workshop is limited to 25 scouts (Brownie scouts only). Two leaders per troop are required as chaperones.

Instructor: Mark Sharp, Powell Gardens K-12 and Family Programs Coordinator

$15/per child (chaperones are free, additional adults must pay garden admission)

9:30 a.m. Workshop                              1 p.m. Workshop


Family Frolic: The Wizardry of Nature
Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dress as your favorite wizard, witch, or warlock and learn about some of the beloved creatures of the wizarding world including owls, falcons, hawks, eagles, and tarantulas. Discover the magic of plants with horticultural wizards, and create magical potions from ingredients harvested from the garden.

  • Free hands-on activities (make a wizard hat, wand, or owl mask)
  • Observe live tarantulas from Liam’s Magnificent Creatures (a special spider show and tell takes place at noon and 2:00 p.m.)
  • The World Bird Sanctuary will present an All About Owls session at 11 a.m. and Creatures of Myths and Legends at 1 p.m.
  • Making Magical Potions Workshop (beet vinaigrette) is offered at 12:15 p.m. ($5 per child – limit 20 children ages six and up)
  • Creepy Cupcake Decorating at 2:15 p.m. ($5 per child – limit 20 children ages four and up)
  • Harry Potter look-alike contest and Wizard Battle Tournament, judged by a Wizard Master, begin at 3 p.m.
    (the spells will be provided at the beginning of the day)
  • Paint-a-pumpkin ($5) is available all day.

Family Frolic activities are free with garden admission except the culinary workshop and paint-a-pumpkin.

Admission Tickets


Boy Scout Workshop: Environmental Science
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m

This workshop weaves exploration, investigation, and experimentation within diverse landscapes to improve your understanding of complex interactions in nature. Participants will learn ecological terminology, assess the pH of Powell Gardens’ bodies of water, model erosion control methods, and learn about Powell Gardens’ efforts to restore native habitat and minimize the impact on natural areas. This experience, designed for scouts ages 11 to 17 (all children of appropriate age are welcome to register), provides an opportunity to fulfill requirements for the BSA environmental science merit badge. Materials, instruction, and a badge are included. Please dress for the weather and light physical activity. Space is limited to 20 scouts (ages 11-17). One adult leader (per scout group) is required as a chaperone. To earn the merit badge, scouts must complete and provide evidence of completion for parts 1, 3f, 4, and 5 of the specific badge requirements (click here) when they arrive for the workshop.

Instructor: Mark Sharp, Powell Gardens K-12 and Family Programs Coordinator

$15/per scout (chaperones are free, additional adults must pay garden admission)

9 a.m. Workshop                                   1 p.m. Workshop


Family Frolic: Gifts of Nature
Saturday, December 1, 1 – 4 p.m.

This drop-in afternoon offers plenty of hands-on activities for children of all ages. Create excellent gifts for grandparents using natural materials, get a photo taken with Santa for a small fee, listen to storytelling by the fire, and enjoy festive live music. Cookies are available for purchase for the kids and Boozy Botanical drinks are available for purchase for moms and dads. Stay until dusk and walk the magical trail of the Festival of Lights.

Family Frolic activities are free (excluding photo fee) with festival admission 

Festival Admission Tickets

Gingerbread House and Landscaping Workshop
Saturday, December 16, 1 – 4 p.m.

Spend an afternoon designing your gingerbread dream house and landscape with chef Melissa Fahlstrom of Sugar Whipped Bakery. Receive instruction on assembling a pre-baked gingerbread house (dimensions estimated 10 x 10 x 10 inches) and some fabulous tricks of the trade, including how to make windows look like stained glass and cookies look like snowy shingles. Finish off your masterpiece with a variety of frostings and ready-made candies. Participants will receive recipes for gingerbread dough and frosting, and how-to demos to take home. Best for children ages six and older.

$60/per family (includes the gingerbread house and all edible decorations)

Workshop Registration