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Family Fun

There’s fun for people of all ages at Central Gardens!  Children will love to see the goldfish and turtles at the Victorian Pond and Waterfall, as well as the butterflies at the Butterfly Garden.  And of course, there’s much to explore in the Bee Happy Discovery Garden all season long. Children will delight in watching our newest Discovery Garden friends-chickens!!!

Special free programming occurs every Friday from 9 AM to 11 AM, beginning in June and extending through August. Young “Garden Explorers” are able to explore various aspects of nature through projects, guest speakers, green-thumb activities, art and other experiences.

Check out our other youth programs:

  • Yoga Buds for ages 4 and up
  • Bugs and Blooms for kids grades 3-5
  • GROW! for middle school and high school youth
  • Programs from the Clear Lake Public Library

Story walks, scavenger hunts, cornhole fun; there’s so much to do, whether you’re a family of one or many. The Fiesta in the Gardens, a celebration of Latinx culture, has lots of activities for children and adults, and a very special musical performance kids of all ages will enjoy. And remember our free Sunday evening concert series featuring regional talent. Grab your favorite beverages, a picnic lunch, and a lawn chair or blanket, and discover the beauty of the Gardens.

Family at Central Gardens of North Iowa

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This space is always ready for kids to explore!  Check out the Bee Happy Discovery station for educational materials, a mason bee house, garden bingo cards, and magnifying glasses.

BEE happy Discovery garden

A butterfly sundial is the centerpiece among nectar plants.

Butterfly Garden

Our beautiful flowers and plants provide a natural habitat for koi, goldfish and turtles.

Victorian Pond and Waterfall

This small garden demonstrates the importance of wetlands as wildlife habitat and natural filtration systems.

Wetland-Pond Garden


Interactive Map

Step deeper into nature through our interactive map and discover more about each garden as you explore.



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