Family Programs

Connect with the land and river at any age.

Year-round family programs highlight nature, art, and history for kids of all ages and their caregivers.

For sessions requiring advance registration, $2 tickets are available for Southwest Philadelphia neighbors and ACCESS cardholders.

Photograph courtesy of Rachael Warriner.

Upcoming Family Events

Monday, May 23, 6:00 pm

Free Community Dance Class

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Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 pm

Free Community Dance Class

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Little Explorers (Ages 2−4)

Little Explorers is a monthly garden adventure for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2−4) and their caregivers. Programs include crafts, stories, songs, and an exciting walk in the garden. Feel free to bring a snack!

Little Explorers takes place on the first Wednesday of every month from March through November. Advance registration is recommended. One adult chaperone is required for every two children.

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Homeschooler Days (Ages 5−11)

Monthly lessons for homeschool students ages 5 to 11 and their caregivers. Curriculum includes science and botany, arts and crafts, history and geology, and more.

Homeschooler Days take place on the second and third Wednesdays of every month. The same lesson is repeated both days. Please be sure to sign up for your preferred date. Sessions are limited to 15 students and their caregivers. Advance registration is recommended.

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Family Art Workshops

Create beautiful outdoor-inspired art with artist-led instruction for makers of all ages. Instruction is accessible for children, but caregivers are also encouraged to participate! Sessions explore a range of techniques and styles: from nature journaling to insect illustration, from mixing color to playing with patterns.

Advance registration is recommended.

Free Educational Pop-Ups

Drop in for free outdoor pop-ups — no registration required! Explore the Garden’s changing seasons and enjoy family-friendly, educational DIY activities to try outdoors or take home.

No registration required. Weather permitting.

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Field Trips & Teaching Resources

Bartram’s Garden is your outdoor classroom.

Youth Programs

Calling local students! Paid youth internships and free summer camp available.

Membership

Free admission to Homeschool and Little Explorers at the Family level and above.

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Water Quality

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Youth Internships

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Biking & Walking

Follow the Schuylkill River Trail from the North Mile to 56th Street and beyond.

Birds

Look up! More than 100 species of birds rely on this ecosystem.

Boating & Fishing

Enjoy all that the Tidal Schuylkill River has to offer.

Flowers, Plants & Trees

See what’s blooming, find a favorite tree, and stroll the gardens and natural lands.

Gardening

Bring the Garden home! Shop for plants and grow your own food.

History

Uncover the interconnected stories of this historic site.

Kids' Activities

Join us year-round to learn, make, share, and wonder.

Sankofa Community Farm

“Go back and get it!” Growing food sovereignty with an African Diaspora focus.

Southwest Philadelphia

Resources and opportunities especially for neighbors in Southwest Philly.

Water Quality

Find our latest data on the river’s bacteria levels and recent rainfall.

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Enjoy upcoming workshops, self-care, and events. Are you a Southwest artist? Let’s partner!

Youth Internships

Calling Southwest students: paid internships available with the river, the farm, and the trees.