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The garden offers many activities throughout the year for children. Please see our listing of Children’s Classes to discover the fun!
Planning Your Trip With Children
As a sanctuary for birds, the garden is an excellent example of the value of and need for conserving wildlife, its habitat and natural resources in an urban setting. There is much to discover at Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary.
Educators planning to bring a group of youngsters to the garden must schedule a guided tour by calling 704/331-0664 x103. Garden visits for children are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Our Adventure Backpacks provide a unique way for families to explore the Garden on their own. The backpacks are equipped for 2 youngsters aged 5 to 9 and include a number of activities and tools (field guides, binoculars, etc.) to help parents teach them about the many critters that find food, water and shelter within our garden walls.
Cost: $5 (Includes a copy of Elizabeth’s Garden and activity books for you to keep. We’ll ask to keep your license as a deposit until you return with the pack.)
Books for Children
These books are available for sale in the Clarkson home, or may be purchased online (postage is not included in the prices below).
"As long as nothing is accomplished, children love to join in whatever is being done—especially out of doors. They love to clip anything that doesn’t need clipping, to rake up leaves and then scatter them, and above all they love water. But they are wary of having their efforts directed to any good purpose; the way to hold their interest is to give them gardens of their own, and to allow them to care for or neglect the plants in their own way. The flowers must be theirs to pick, to arrange, to play with, or to throw in the path to wither."