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.
The well-being of children and families is the heart of ICG’s purpose. The pandemic inspired us to share some of our favorite ways for you to connect to nature from home. We are pleased to continue making these resources, activities, and perspectives available for you to do. We hope ICG@Home helps you stay connected to community and grounded in nature from wherever you are in the world.
Since we are unable to celebrate International Mud Day in the Garden on Saturday, June 27, we’re rolling out Mud Week – a whole week of muddy activities to bring your family a mud-tastic celebration of nature! Every day from Saturday, June 27 through Friday, July 3 we’ll share a new muddy activity.
Container Garden Activities
This past Saturday, June 6, 120 container garden kits were distributed to the Ithaca City School District students enrolled in the Farm to Table program. See here for tips on gardening with your kit and extension activities!
Not only are worms wiggly and cute, but they are also SUPER useful to keep around the house! Worms will eat your food scraps and produce rich, beautiful compost that is amazingly healthy good for plants.
Community Grows: Indoor Gardening & Plant Science
Stay connected to nature and provide food for your family with these indoor veggie growing activities and resources!
Ask Me Anything!
Every Wednesday from 1-1:30 pm, ICG hosts a live Ask Me Anything! Zoom session with special expert guests to answer all your family’s questions about gardening, growing, plant science, connecting to nature, play, and more!
Fairy Houses & Creativity with Nature
Spring is a magical time when fairies visit the human world often and we can invite them into our yards, gardens, and neighborhoods by creating homes and gifts for them! See here for activities where all you’ll need are the natural materials around you.
Community Grows: Houseplants
I imagine this won’t be a surprise to you, but here at ICG, we love plants. Yet some of us might be feeling that our opportunities to connect with plants outside might be more limited right now. Good news – growing houseplants is an easy way to bring the wonders of the plant kingdom into your home. Check out these tips, resources, and activities to grow houseplants with your family.
ICG in Bloom
Missing the Garden? Take a virtual tour of the Garden with our ICG in Bloom videos! We hope these videos serve as a reminder that while home, we are together, and nature’s beauty is unfolding all around us like a warm spring hug.
Collecting, sorting, painting, stacking, building, and more. The ICG Team shares all the creative and engaging activities you can do with the most accessible of materials – rocks!
Connecting with Animals
Just because our access to the outdoors is limited, doesn’t mean we can’t connect with and learn from animals… right from home!
On Your Walk
Activities to bring learning and play to your walks in your neighborhood and nearby nature.
Connecting with nature can help all of us, and especially children, manage stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness – all effects of social isolation.
From the Kitchen
Have a budding chef in your family? Check out these kids food making activities.