Jenkins at Home

Click the links below for activities to help you connect with nature in your backyard, neighborhood, or even from a balcony or window.

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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?

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.

Name that Tree – Let’s learn about leaves! Look for these leaf shapes at Jenkins or in your own backyard. Fun for all ages.

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 – 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.

BEEGO – all about pollinators
Nature Bingo I
Nature Bingo II
Nature Bingo – in pictures!
Sound Bingo

Nature Detectives – Our Nature Detectives activities are self-guided exploration for all ages. Use the themed activity sheets to discover nature at Jenkins or in your own backyard.

Seed Ball How-to Video – Native wildflower seed balls are a fun project for kids and adults alike! With a bit of air-dry clay, potting soil, and your favorite native wildflower seeds, you can fill your backyard or community garden with low-maintenance beauty.

Waggle Dance – Put on your dancing wings! Get ready to wiggle and waggle like a honey bee and learn all about why these important pollinators do this special hive dance.

Wednesday Walkabouts – Led by a different staff member each week, these virtual walks highlight the seasonal changes in the garden. Click here to visit our archive of virtual Wednesday Walkabouts.