Garden Discovery Backpacks


Welcome to McKee’s Garden Discovery Backpack Program!

McKee is a great place for families and small groups to come together to learn to read a map or a compass, explore the science of the natural world, or just skip on a garden path. Our backpack program provides the materials and resources for a parent or chaperone to lead a structured learning experience or simply enjoy using some basic observation tools to get up close and personal with nature.


Each backpack investigates a different theme. You may choose:

  • * Survival – Lost in the Jungle
  • * Things with Wings!
  • * It’s a Bug’s World
  • * Plantastic
  • * McKee Garden Explorer

Each backpack contains a map of McKee Botanical Garden, a compass, and a magnifying lens. Other observation tools are included, as well, to be used alone or to help complete the activities outlined on the included project fold-out. You may follow the step-by-step activity plans, or you and your group may choose to simply explore the garden using the tools to observe, measure and record your observations. A journal is included for each person in your group and should be used to make a record of your visit to McKee. Some pages of your journals have directed activities, but other pages are left blank for you to capture images of plants, animals, and the thoughts your visit inspires.


For children ages 3-12, McKee's Garden Discovery Backpacks are perfect for charting your own Garden adventure! Each backpack contains an educational guide and a variety of tools for exploration. Choose from five themes: Garden Explorer, Things with Wings, It's a Bug's World, Plantastic and Survival: Lost in the Jungle. Included in admission price; please inquire at our Admissions window.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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