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Easy Seed Germinator

An easy-to-make seed germinator from School Garden Weekly. One step up from the bean-in-a-baggy.

Field Trips

Troy Gardens, Madison, WI

Hands-on fieldtrips to an urban farm on Madison's Northside with activities that include making tea in the herb garden, harvesting carrots on the farm, wrangling chickens in the children's garden, or smelling flowers on the tallgrass prairie. To schedule a tour, email info@troygardens.org or call 608-240-0409. 


Madison Children's Museum, Madison, WI

Offers group tours to the downtown Madison museum. Of special interest would be the Rooftop Ramble, an indoor/outdoor exhibit that features a greenhouse, terrariums, salad and herb gardens, and resident homing pigeons and chickens. To schedule a group visit, email registration@madisonchildrensmuseum.org or call 608-256-6445, ext. 156. 

Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Madison, WI

Hands-on field trips tailored to K-2, 3-5, and middle school students. Of special interest would be Pioneer Living, Early Native American Life, Maple Syruping in Wisconsin. To schedule a group visit, email alncreg@naturenet.com or call 608-221-0404, ext. 1.

Photo credits: Kids' Garden sign by Kristy Anderson, Chicken Coop by Treehugger, Aldo Leopold Nature Center by NatureNet.

PBS Kids Activities

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