Family Festivals

The Garden is a great place to bring the whole family for a day of fun, especially if it's a day that includes one of our annual Family Festivals! These festivals include Forest Fest and Insectival. Insectival, our best known festival, is an annual fall event that provides interactive exhibits and activity stations. Kids get a chance to look at mosquitoes and black fly larvae through microscopes; learn about insects' life cycles and anatomy; vote for the most invasive and destructive insect pests; hold caterpillars, beetles and tarantulas; and find food the way insects do—by using their sense of smell. In the past, the festival has also included the "Café Insecta," where visitors could eat "chirpy chippy cookies" made of chocolate chips and crickets.

Summer Camps

Join the fun at our week-long environmental education camps! Discovery hunts, hands-on science experiments, puppet shows, stream investigations, hikes, nature crafts and new friends are all part of the fun. We offer three different Summer camps for children: Sweet Pea Camp for ages three to four, Garden Explorer's Camp for ages nine to thirteen and Garden Earth Camp for ages five to eight. Our summer camps also have volunteer Camp Counselor positions for teens age thirteen to eighteen. If you are interested in being a Camp Counselor, contact the Garden Education Department.

Garden Birthday Parties

Treat your child and his or her birthday guests to an exciting adventure at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia! Choose one of our four birthday programs designed for children ages 5-12, which include one hour of educational and hands-on activities and use of our Children's Classroom for cake and presents. Programs to select from are: Stream Discovery, Build-A-Terrarium, Forest Treasures, The Great Chocolate Hunt, and Fairy Gardens. Available Thursdays and Saturdays. For More Inforamtion, Call 706-583-0894 or email

Contact Our Education Department

For Information about programs, courses and registration.

(706) 542-6156

Anne Shenk

Director of Education

Cora Keber

Education Coordinator

Berkeley Boone

Children's Program Manager