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Learning Garden - Edible Education

Our "Learning Gardens" provides "Edible Education" for the whole family!

Our Learning Gardens provide "edible education" for kids about healthy food choices and the environment. When you visit the museum during growing season, you can join in on one of these drop-in activities, included with museum admission, which usually ends with families in the garden to pick what they want to take home! The Learning Garden is sponsored by Whole Foods. Online reservations and pre-payment is required for each play session, but nothing additional needs to be reserved to participate in the Learning Garden activities. The Learning Gardens are now located in the Dover Adventure Playground.

Learning Garden Drop-in Programs happen every Tuesday* and Saturday in July at 11am during Morning Play Sessions (9am-Noon)

*Mask required play session

Saturday, July 2 at 11am: Make a Butterfly Feeder >>

*Tuesday, July 5 at 11am: Plant Critters >>

Saturday, July 9 at 11am: Bug Hunt & Make a Critter to Take Home >>

*Tuesday, July 12 at 11am: Bug Hunt and Make a Critter Keeper >>

Saturday, July 16 at 11am: Explore Natural Dyes >>

*Tuesday, July 19 at 11am: Explore Natural Dyes >>

Saturday, July 23 at 11am: Clay Nature Prints >>

*Tuesday, July 26 at 11am: Clay Nature Prints >>


The museum’s gardens are officially part of NASA’s TEMPO Ozone Garden Network. TEMPO stands for “Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution.” The TEMPO instrument, which will launch sometime in 2019, is a geostationary ultraviolet/visible spectrometer, and will provide daylight measurements of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde and aerosols across North America, from Mexico City to Canada and from coast to coast. It will be the first space-based ultraviolet/visible light air quality spectrometer in geostationary orbit. The TEMPO mission will help scientists answer the question “how does air pollution impact global weather and climate.”

“Being a part of the TEMPO Ozone Garden Network means we have agreed to engage our young learners with hands-on activities and develop their citizen science skills, as well as gather information about ozone impact on our garden that we then share with the TEMPO Team at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,” shared Xanthi Gray, CMNH Education Director.


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