Children Education

Dendrology, Nature Books, Scavenger Hunt, and more.

Activities at Home


Make a pocket-sized guide book for your study of trees (Dendrology) in Hopelands Gardens.

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Life Cycle of a Frog Coloring Page

All living things go through a life cycle. Learn about and color the stages of a frog’s life from an egg to a tadpole and finally maturing to an adult.

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Color the plants and animals that inhabit wetland habitats to meet their needs for food, water, shelter and space.

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Scavenger Hunt

Search for a rock, bug, mushroom and more in Hopelands Gardens. Explore! (Targeted for younger children)

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Bibliography of Children’s Nature Books

Explore the recommendations of our own Aiken County librarian for informative and fun books about nature.

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Bird and Butterfly Garden Coloring Page

Flowers have colors, scents, and shapes that appeal to different animals. Color these flowers, butterflies, and birds (pollinators) that keep nature alive.

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Follow the brick paths, look in the lakes and between the trees to find more than 20 items commonly found in a garden. (Targeted for older children)

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Programs at Hopelands and Rye Patch

*The programs listed below are scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2023.

Pondering Life! (Macro-Invertebrate Collection of Pond Water)

For children ages 7-12. Limnology is the study of freshwater ecosystems. Become a Limnologist and find out the health of a pond by scooping in it. Dip nets are used to catch pond critters and identify them by using Guide books, Dichotomous Keys and instructor’s expertise. The critters then get assigned a score (according to the Pollution Tolerance Scale). Is it healthy or polluted water (offered by the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center)

Engineering Insects

For children ages 5-7. Children experience the wonders of the insect world. What does it take to be an insect? Are all insects alike? Observe them with microscopes and a magnifying lens, use nets and Guide books to catch and identify some in the Butterfly Garden. Lastly, the children will go on a hunt to “Build a Bug” using pieces of nature (offered by the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center).

Nature Walk

For children ages 7-12. Follow the clues, have fun and answer questions about nature and history throughout the grounds of Hopelands Gardens.