Wildlife Garden

The Wildlife Garden is located next to the Education Center. Visitors learn how to protect and encourage pollinators, discover critters that help make compost and view native flowers that provide habitat and food for wildlife. Learn more about creating a backyard habitat.

Since pesticides can harm wildlife and people, the garden is maintained without any harmful garden chemicals. Interpretive signs provide tips for how to grow your own garden naturally.

In the spring and summer, the garden comes to life with visiting wildlife. Native bees, like the mason bee, build nests in the pollinator palace. Butterflies and bumblebees collect nectar and pollen from native flowers and birds and spiders feed on small garden pests. To protect visiting birds from accidental window strikes, decal stripes are placed on the windows next to the garden. Learn more about pollinators and native plants.

At the composting station, visitors can dig and search for compost critters while learning how small animals, like worms and millipedes, feed on decomposing plants to make soil.

Throughout the garden are sculptures of native wildlife made of recycled metal by local artist Matthew Smith. Each sculpture provides a larger-than-life look at some of the beneficial pollinators and pest eaters that visit the garden.

Garden educators are available seasonally to answer questions and provide fun gardening activities.