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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.

Teens can dig in deeper and participate in Team Harvest-Unite-Grow-Share (HUGS), where they can help tend the garden, hear from local food producers as well as learn about food insecurity and making a difference in their own communities. See the calendar for specific details. 

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 on August 15 from 3 pm-7 pm has lots of activities for children and adults, and a very special 90-minute musical performance kids of all ages will enjoy.  And remember our free Sunday evening concert series featuring regional talent, beginning July 25.  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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Family at Central Gardens of North Iowa
July 16, 2021   |
9:00 am -
11:00 am
Fresh on Fridays
June 4, 2021   |
9:00 am -
11:00 am
Every Friday morning from 9am to 11am in June through September 3 guests are able to enjoy refreshments, purchase beautiful, freshly cut bouquets from the Gardens, and kids activities.
Team Harvest-Unite-Grow-Share(HUGS)
August 5, 2021   |
5:30 pm -
7:30 pm


Activities & Programs

Storywalk for Family

Story Walk

Follow the garden path to read the displayed story and end up at the Bee Happy Discovery Garden! The StoryWalk® is a wonderful way for readers of all ages to combine literacy skills and healthy exercise while enjoying the surroundings. New books will be posted in June and in July.

Team Hugs Family at Central Gardens of North Iowa

Growing Green Gardeners

We hope to grow little gardeners and environmentalists from the ground up through our Friday Garden Explorers and Team Harvest-Unite-Grow-Share(HUGS) programs.