In addition to the wide variety of birds and insects that naturally flock to the Garden, ICG is home to a collection of hens and honeybees that are assets to the Garden in both an ecological and educational way.
Bird Habitat Garden
ICG's Bird Garden invites children to flap their "wings," peer out the birdhouse window, dig for delicious worms, and listen for bird calls.
Bulb Labyrinth Memorial Garden
Designed in partnership with the Ithaca Childbearing Loss Network, the Bulb Labyrinth Memorial Garden is a sanctuary fostering hope, love, peace, and remembrance.
Gaia The Turtle
As the official face of ICG and a symbol of Mother Earth, Gaia sits by the Garden's southern entrance to welcome visitors from near and far.
Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone
In this space of the Garden, kids truly reign supreme. With a wild assortment of materials and plenty of room to get creative, imaginations run wild and nature play comes to life!
Where Garden education meets hands on practice to create some wholesome and undeniably delicious memories!
Cultivated and cared for by campers, visitors, TUF teens, and volunteers alike, it's no wonder the Kitchen Garden remains bountiful year after year. Sampling is highly encouraged!
Recycled "Green" House
While this green house may not function like your typical greenhouse, it's assuredly not a Garden attraction to be missed!
Rice Paddy Pond
Visit the rice paddy pond to search for tadpoles, bullfrogs, and koi fish or to watch the rice grow right in front of your eyes.
Stories come alive like never before as you stroll through nature.
Built from straw and complete with a living roof, the Troll House is the perfect playspace for children to let their imaginations explore.
TUF Farm Stand
Run on a weekly basis by the TUF Teens, the Farm Stand is the perfect spot to get uber fresh, youth cultivated produce and ice cold drinks all summer long!
Step through the Garden’s gates and be welcomed by the expansive Village Green, the heart of the Garden and a hub of activity year round.
Wetlands & Bioswale
Full of surprises and lively discovery, this hidden gem of the Garden is not to be missed.
Follow the winding path through the Wildflower Meadow to discover an untamed and ever changing collection plants and insects.
Gaia Circle in the Garden is for middle school aged grrls of all kinds: those who love their girl selves, those who are uncomfortable with girlness, or those for whom girlness has never felt right; those who haven’t thought much about what it means to be a girl, and those who feel no gender limits at all. In addition to encouraging curiosity, respect, and gratitude for the natural world around us, Gaia Circle encourages the same attitude of exploration, respect, and care as we learn about ourselves with each other.
Gaia Circle is a FREE program for 6-8th graders. The program meets at Ithaca Children’s Garden on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 pm, in Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions. REGISTER HERE.
Gaia Circle aims to reduce stress and increase connection to peers, to nature, and to yourself!
Individual and group choices likely to include gardening, art, science, sitspots, birdwatching, daydreaming, and an openness to see where the day takes us. We will be following all recommended health guidelines including wearing masks, keeping physically distanced, hand washing, and being outdoors.