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Family Activities

last modified September 17, 2013

Garden in the Woods offers activities for people of all ages.

Please plan your visit between April 15 and October 31 when the paths and trails of Garden in the Woods are open to  the public.


Enjoy your Visit

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, floating islands, many turtles and frogs, and other fascinating creatures. The Idea Garden has a green roof, an edible native plant garden and an Invasive Plant Jail where we educate our visitors about some non-native plant “bullies.” The Meadow comes to life in a giant way in the summer with butterflies and hummingbirds galore. 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!


Stop by 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 paths are wide enough for strollers and carriages, however, please note we have some hilly terrain to maneuver. The main Curtis Path is about one mile long. Bathrooms in the Education Building have changing stations and are handicapped accessible. More bathrooms are located in the Garden Shop. Parents are asked to keep children out of the garden beds. Stay on the paths and be safe. The Society's native plant collection contains many rare and endangered species which cannot be replaced. Also, there is the chance of poison ivy being present in a garden bed.