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Making Memories for a Lifetime

Introducing children to the wonders of the natural world will nurture their enthusiasm for learning throughout life. Each season Powell Gardens offers a wealth of opportunities for families, young learners and the young-at-heart to learn together in an inspiring setting.

Whether you are looking for self-guided experiences or an engaging, in-depth program, Powell Gardens is a resource you can count on year round.

Visit our calendar for information on what is coming up.


Upcoming Programs

Family Frolic: Gardens of Myth

Saturday, June 24 | 9 a.m-6 p.m.
This daylong event provides opportunities for families to learn more about the myths and legends tied to the Gardens of Myth sculptures exhibited in various locations throughout the garden. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes displaying their favorite mythological or fantasy creature (trolls, dragons, or fairies, All creatures are welcome). Drop-in activities, available all day and included with garden admission, allow visitors to create wizard or princess hats or dragon scales. Showcase creations in the scheduled garden parade at  10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. with some special guests! Plant and take home magic beans and  learn about Bigfoot’s habitat. Kids and adults alike can also get their hair fixed like a troll ($5 per hairstyle) or create a fairy terrarium to take home ($5 per person).

NABA Native Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 29 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Join us for the 15th Annual North American Butterfly Association butterfly count at Powell Gardens. This count helps track butterfly populations across the country and makes a significant contribution to the understanding and conservation of wild butterflies. Participants will be divided into parties, each with a knowledgeable leader, and assigned to various gardens for the day. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a four-hour hike on the 3.25-mile nature trail to find butterflies restricted to the gardens’ natural habitats. Participants can attend any part of the count or stay the whole day. Knowledge of butterflies is a plus, but no experience is necessary to participate. Participants are encouraged to wear sun protection, proper shoes, and bring a water bottle. Garden admission payable at the gate plus a $3 participation fee, required by NABA, will be collected by one of the leaders the day of the count. Burroughs Audubon Society members are not charged general admission.  Please call 816-697-2600 ext 304 or to make reservations.

Dragonfly Day

Sunday, July 30 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join Betsy Betros, author of a Photographic Field Guide to Butterflies in the Kansas City Region, in the Education Building to learn about dragonfly species, habitat, behavior, and receive special training to capture wild dragonflies around the pond near the education building. The specimens we carefully collect will be featured guests flying at our Festival of Butterflies August 4, 5, 6, and 11, 12, 13. The Dragonfly education workshops are by special reservation and space is limited to 25 participants. Each participant reservation is $10. Workshops are scheduled for 10:30-11:30 a.m.,1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Hands-on drop-in activities will also be available during the day (all drop-in activities are  included as part of general admission.


Family Frolic: Learn About Lepidoptera!

Saturday, August 12 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Butterflies, moths and caterpillars are some of the insects that make up the order of Lepidoptera and this family event will provide many opportunities to learn more about our flying (or crawling) friends, their life cycles, and important relationship to plants and us! Join us in this all day family-friendly event as part of the Festival of Butterflies at Powell Gardens. Several hands-on activities, free with festival admission, include plant an eco pot with seeds to take home, create a butterfly puppet, and butterfly life-cycle journal. Children and adults alike can make their own butterfly wings to wear ($5 a person) or build an insect hotel to take home ($5 a person). Special performances are scheduled throughout the day. All are encouraged to take part in the butterfly parade, scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Festival admission and parking fees apply. Members receive free festival admission and parking.