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Garden Discovery Backpacks

McKee Botanical Garden has introduced a new program designed to enhance the visiting experience for its youngest guests.

Garden Discovery Backpacks is a series of age-appropriate backpacks that contain a variety of educational materials for children to utilize while exploring the Garden. Children can choose from five different themes: Garden Explorer, Things with Wings, It’s a Bug’s World, Plantastic, and Survival: Lost in the Jungle. Each backpack includes an activity guide, journal and assortment of tools geared to its specific theme.

Garden Discovery Backpacks is exclusive to McKee Botanical Garden and was created as an extension of its Children’s Guide.


According to McKee’s Executive Director Christine Hobart, “Garden Discovery Backpacks is a way for children to create their own adventure in the Garden while gaining valuable knowledge about nature and conservation.” She adds, “Parents and children can work together on the interactive activities and experience a different theme with each visit.”

There is no additional cost to use the backpacks; they can be checked out at the Admissions window by the accompanying adult. Once they’ve completed their adventure, children are asked to fill out a short survey about their experience in exchange for two complimentary guest passes to the Garden.


Garden Discovery Backpacks have been generously underwritten by The William Bingham Foundation, The J.A. Woollam Foundation and the Vero Beach Rotary Charities Foundation. Content for the program was created by Lucie Burke and Pam Schlamowitz, with assistance from Sam and Linda Chancellor and Suzanne L. Liggett.


SURVIVAL: LOST IN THE JUNGLE - Ideal for older children (age 9-12) with active imaginations.

Choose this backpack and gain valuable knowledge about basic survival skills.



THINGS WITH WINGS - Choose Things with Wings and see the Garden through the eyes of bees, birds, and butterflies. Things with Wings is a fun way for kids of all ages to learn more about winged creatures. Small children may need help choosing an activity and reading instructions.




IT’S A BUG’S WORLD - Perfect for the budding scientist! If you want to try to catch a bug, choose

this backpack. This guide and journal provide information that will fascinate young bug enthusiasts and educate bug haters. People and plants depend on bugs! Appropriate for all ages, younger children may need help reading

instructions and collecting specimens.


GARDEN EXPLORER - Great for all ages, Garden Explorer is the perfect introduction to the Garden and some of its special features. This guide and journal, designed for the budding artist or writer, focuses on art and writing activities designed to inspire creativity and fun! Younger children may need help reading instructions and completing their “hunts.”




PLANTASTIC - Plantastic is appropriate for older children (age 9-12). If you love the environment, botany, or

science, this adventure is for you! Use this activity guide and journal to sharpen your observation

and sketching skills.






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