has traditionally been a time of relative little activity in the Youth
Education Department at MBG. School is out, so booking for field trips and
in-school programs tends to drop a bit. But not so this year, according to
Kristen Zemaitis, Youth Education Manager: "I just booked three more
classes for this week," she tells me on an already busy Tuesday morning. It can be a
wonderful break for daycare centers, camps and youth organizations to come out
and experience nature during this vibrant season. "[One group] will be
here for three hours," says Zemaitis, as its young people take part in
various classes, tour the grounds, and picnic. Groups may vary in size from as
little as 10 students to more than 150.
Some of MBG's most popular classes include "Jungle Journey," in which
participants tour our tropical greenhouse and taste food that comes from the
rainforest; "Art of Japan," which focuses on the cultural and
botanical aspects of our Japanese Garden of Tranquility; and "Healthy
Gardens, Healthy You!," a hands-on, health-centered gardening experience
that takes place in My Big Backyard. Each class is tailored to meet the
comprehension level of the group, which may include ages from pre-k through
grade six as well as those with special needs.
up learning spaces and gathering materials to nurturing the seedlings that will
become souvenir plantings, it takes a veritable army of instructors and staff
to make each program possible. But it is worth every bit of effort to witness
the awe and inspiration on the kids' faces, many of which may have never set
foot in such a huge, green space. So we are thankful for every group that
decides to get out of the classroom and into the garden; and we are SUPER
thankful for the people that work so hard to bring them a truly unique
encounter with nature!
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Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)