In Fall 2023, the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden will close for renovations to enhance the outdoor landscape and indoor facilities to reflect current science education pedagogy, specifically regarding STEM and environmental education. In addition, this project will ensure that the Children’s Garden can continue to accommodate the large audiences it serves.
The redevelopment process began in 2012, when NYBG engaged Randi Korn & Associates to undertake a formal evaluation of the outdoor exhibits. Based on this study and after conversations with stakeholders, NYBG developed these goals: To enhance and renovate the landscape and buildings; develop age-appropriate exhibit concepts; enrich learning stations; and improve circulation, way-finding, and visibility.
The redevelopment will provide new nature exploration and authentic science learning opportunities, ensuring that the Children’s Garden continues to provide a welcoming and engaging learning environment that meets today’s outdoor learning standards and visitor expectations. Using the existing topography, along with new signage and enhanced plantings, the redesigned children’s garden will provide nature-based investigations in varied local ecosystems. The redevelopment will also improve access to the Wetland Walk through a boardwalk and viewing platforms and create a dedicated nature space for toddlers and their caretakers. An ADA-accessible Tree Top Walk will provide a series of walkways that lead to the pine tree tops for children of all abilities. Finally, both the existing activity center buildings will receive face-lifts and repairs, as well as upgrades to their lighting and circulation. A new family restroom in the Dodge Activity Center—the first in the Garden—will be accessible to all visitors.