As we spend time in our own yards and neighborhoods while observing the social distancing practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we hope you will find these resources useful tools to help you connect with nature.
Getting outside is an important part of maintaining good mental and physical health, especially in stressful and uncertain times. Click the links below for activities to help you connect with nature in your backyard, neighborhood, or even from a balcony or window. Check back often as we continue to add activities and resources!
Be sure to tag us using the hashtags #JenkinsAtHome or #JenkinsArboretum on social media to share your experiences. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates on activities and resources.
Botanical Art at Home – Have you ever wanted to try your hand at botanical art? Grab a sketchbook, something to draw with, and head outside for this tutorial written by our Florilegium Artists.
Garden Highlights – Take a look at our “Garden Highlights” page to see what is in bloom during this season. Are any of these plants growing in your yard or neighborhood?
Garden To-Do List – Coming soon! Not sure what you should be doing in your garden right now? Use this to-do list to help you prepare your garden for the season. Filled with tips and tricks from the Horticulture Staff at Jenkins.
Mindfulness Walk – There are times when we will feel overwhelmed, anxious, or just plain cooped up! Use the prompts in this Mindfulness Walk to help you slow down and observe the growing world around you.
Native Plant Guide – Planting native species is a great way to create habitat for birds and insects, while enjoying the beauty of an vibrant garden. Check out our Green Ribbon Native Plant ® selection program to learn more about some of our favorite native plant species for home gardeners.
Nature Bingo – Need a recess activity during a day of remote learning? Print out this Nature Bingo sheet or pull it up on your phone to help kids of all ages observe and connect with nature in their yards or neighborhoods.
Nature Bingo I
Nature Bingo II
Nature Bingo – in pictures!
Wednesday Walkabouts – Beginning April 1, Join us each week as we take a virtual tour around the gardens. Led by a different staff member each week, these walks will highlight the seasonal changes in the garden. These Walkabouts will be available to view on Instagram on Wednesdays at 1 pm, or by clicking the links below:
April 1 Walkabout
April 8 Walkabout
April 15 Walkabout
April 22 Walkabout
April 29 Walkabout
May 6 Walkabout
May 13 Walkabout
May 20 Walkabout
May 27 Walkabout
June 24 Walkabout
July 8 Walkabout
July 29 Walkabout
August 19 Walkabout
August 26 Walkabout