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Family Activities

last modified May 06, 2014


The gardens and habitats at Garden in the Woods offer wonderful experiences for the whole family. Enjoy the colors, textures, smells, and sights of our beautiful native plants and look for the many kinds of animals that make their homes in the woods, in the ponds, and in the brook.

 Ladybug release

Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Garden Shop when you pay your admission. Two different versions, written for older or younger children, challenge our young visitors to use all their senses as they explore the Garden. 


The variety of experiences is astounding. The Woodland Garden has hills and deep woods. The Lily Pond has wetlands, many turtles and frogs, and other fascinating creatures. The Idea Garden has a green roof and an edible native plant garden. The New England Rare Plant Garden offers an appreciation of the fragile world in which we live.


The Garden Shop offers eco-friendly games, toys, children’s clothing, books as well as snacks and drinks.  Visit our new sorbet and gelato case!


The Family Activity Area

Designed especially for children to unleash their energy and their imaginations, the Family Activity Area is a place to create and play in a natural setting.  Enter through the magic cottage door to create your own “critter cottage”  under the pines, build a fort with branches, climb through our giant hollow “log” and fill up a “habitat box” with your choice of natural materials. You never know who might move in after you have left for the day.

 Family Activity Area

The Family Activity Area was funded in part by Whole Foods Markets of Framingham and Wayland, and grants from the Cultural Councils of Acton-Boxborough, Ashland, Framingham, Hudson, Natick, Southborough, Sudbury, and Weston, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Family Calendar

Check out our great selection of classes for children, field trips, and more.

Please note:

The main trail, which is about one mile long, is wide enough for strollers and carriages; secondary trails however, feature some hilly terrain. Bathrooms in the Education Building have changing stations and are handicapped-accessible. More bathrooms are located in the Visitor Center. Parents are asked to keep children on the paths and out of the garden beds. The Society's native plant collection contains many rare and endangered species that cannot be replaced.