Special Hours

The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, due to an official government function. The Conservatory will return to normal hours December 7.

Kids are Welcome at the U.S. Botanic Garden

We invite you to explore a world of plants year round. Let us nurture your curiosity, creativity and discovery by helping you find fun things you can do on your visit to the U.S. Botanic Garden or in your very own home.

Check out our upcoming programs to see if there's something special happening during your visit.

Tips for Visiting with Kids

While at the Conservatory, enjoy our living classroom with your family!

  • Our Children's Garden gives kids a chance to get hands-on in a courtyard garden where they can gently explore plants in bloom and play with gardening tools to learn about plants. *The Children's Garden is closed for the season.
  • Take a trek through the wilds of the U.S. Botanic Garden to discover the amazing world of plants. Embark on an expedition through the Conservatory recording your observations and completing activities using our resources below. *Junior Botanist, Parts of a Plant, Plants and Food, and the Field Journals are not offered during our holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings, which runs through January 2, 2017. Please enjoy our holiday plant hunt instead!
  • To continue your plant explorations, check out these At-Home Activities.

Onsite Exploration Resources

Parts of a plantParts of a Plant
Using this passport, students explore our Conservatory to find seven different plants and learn about plant parts and function. This resource is great for our younger visitors. Allow 30 to 45 minutes for this activity. Find the passports at the front information desk.

Preview the Plant Passport >>


Junior Botanist
Using the backpack and adventure sheets, students work in teams to explore each room of our Conservatory. This free resource is designed for third through sixth grade students. Junior Botanist Adventure Kits are available for checkout at the front information desk.

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Plant Explorer's Field Journal - Conservatory
Using this guide, students explore the Conservatory and learn about the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-42) during which scientists collected both living plants and pressed specimens and discover plants from around the world to include three plants descended from the Expedition. This resource is recommended for readers of all ages. Allow 45 minutes to one hour for this activity. Find the field journals at the front information desk.

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Plants and foodPlants and Food
Using this passport, students explore our Conservatory to learn where many of our foods come from and discover which part of the plants we eat. This is a great resource for our younger visitors. Allow 30 - 45 minutes for this activity. Find the passports at the front information desk.

Preview the Plant Passport >>


How plants workHow Plants Work Curriculum
This curriculum includes a teacher journal and student journals that explore four Big Ideas -A Puzzle of Plant Parts, Plant Multiplication, Surviving Against the Odds, and Are Plants Like Us. This resource is available only by download. Allow 30-45 minutes for each Big Idea.

Learn more and Download the Curriculum >>


Regional Garden field journalRegional Garden Field Journal
Using this field journal, students explore our native plant collection in our outdoor Regional Garden. This journal encourages students to learn about native plants and observe plants in different seasons. Allow 30 to 45 minutes for this activity. Find the field journals at the front information desk.

Preview the Regional Garden Field Journal >>