Families at Selby Gardens

Education is one of the pillars of Selby Gardens’ mission. Starting early is the key to developing a lifelong love and respect for the natural world; Selby Gardens offers relevant, multi-sensory educational programming for virtually every age group.

Selby educational programs serve as a gateway for children to explore the natural world and to engage in discovery. At the Gardens, children are free to play and explore a world filled with wonder and natural surprises, an extraordinary place that abounds with opportunities to connect with nature, family and community. Activities that encourage collaborative exploration engage children with family members as well as trained Selby volunteers and staff to foster a sense of wonder and curiosity.

Through story-telling, art projects, scientific discovery, and inquiry. All programs are based directly on Selby’s unique living collections. Participants have fun while learning valuable information about the natural world and gaining a life-long appreciation of nature. Selby endeavors to reach the whole child: head, hand and heart.

The following are some tips for a fun family visit.  If you’d like to share your tips for successful family visits, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

  • Feed the fish in the Koi pond (Bags of food are available for purchase in the Welcome Center).
  • Explore the banyan trees.
  • Visit the Kids’ Corner.
  • Run on the Great Lawn.
  • Look up!  So many weird and wonderful plants thrive in the branches of the Garden’s many trees.
  • Search from A to Z! Look for plants that begin with all letters of the alphabet.
  • Conduct a Plant Hunt.  Print one for under 7-year olds, or over 7-year olds and bring it to the Gardens for more family fun.
  • Visit Local Coffee & Tea for delicious and nutritious treats.
  • Attend family friendly events at The Gardens such as Lights in Bloom and the Tropical 4th of July.
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