CURRENT HOURS: TUES-SAT • 9am–4pm • Last tractor cart leaves at 2pm

New! Gardens & Pollinators Barnyard Readers

Explore the world of pollinators—bees, butterflies & more!

Wednesdays from July 24 through August 21

collage of butterfly bee and fly

Each program will feature a specific type of pollinator. Hear our staff read a few stories about gardens and pollinators. Do activities or crafts inspired by the stories. Then then go see the gardens at one of the farms or in town. After you finish exploring the garden, return to the Visitor Center, wash your hands, gather your crafts, and head for home!


  • Wednesdays, 9:45-11:15 a.m.pollinator garden with print shop in background
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early so program can begin on time
  • Location: Meet at the Visitor Center, 11121 Hickman
  • Dress for weather—program occurs indoors and outdoors

Registration Information

  • Registration begins April 8
  • Per person: $17 ($15.30 for members)
  • Child(ren) must be accompanied by an adult
  • Each ticket is for one session




Theme of the day

July 24Secrets of the Garden
July 31Butterflies
August 7Bumblebees
August 14Animal Pollinators
August 21Flies


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Secrets of the Garden • July 24

Every garden has its secrets. What plants grow here? What critters call this garden home? Come hear a garden story and visit one of our site gardens to see what secrets it may hold. Remember the day with a secret garden of your own to take home.

Butterflies • July 31

Pretty, colorful butterflies! Come hear a story about the life cycle of these well-loved pollinators and make your own butterfly to take home. Afterward, visit one of our onsite gardens and look for butterflies.

Bumblebees • August 7

Busy, busy bees drinking nectar and making honey! Come hear a story about a bee that was a little too greedy while doing these very things. Make a fun bumblebee craft and then buzz around one of our gardens.

Animal Pollinators • August 14

Many animals help pollinate flowers so they can grow. Hear about some of these helpful animals and try your hand at being a pollinator yourself! Visit a garden and see if you can spot any of the pollinators.

Flies • August 21

Flies are pollinators, too! Come hear a fly’s story about how amazing they are (even if they might be a little gross). Make a fun fly craft and visit a farm to see flies hard at work.


windmill and barn at 1900 farm

Barnyard Readers Program Policies

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