Programs for Young People

Programs for Young People

The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a variety of experiences for young people that integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture and temporary installations with the natural ecology of 40 acres of park, pond, and woodland, creating a unique, hands-on experience of art in nature. Led by Jeremy Stepien, an experienced art educator, activities approach artmaking as a social, durational, and performative experience--though we will also do plenty of painting, drawing, and collaging with an age-appropriate understanding of media, processes, and techniques.

Lynden's Art + Nature Lab engages participants aged 7-11 in inquiry-based art and nature learning, problem solving, and creative making. Art educator Jeremy Stepien will guide you through a series of projects employing materials of your choice.

Art Club is a community of young artists who are independent in their art practice but value a place where they can exchange ideas and support and learn from each other. Students design a long-term art project that they can pursue on their own, as time and interest permit. Weekly meetings are devoted to check-ins and catch-ups, in-progress reviews, creative art challenges, and conversations about contemporary artists.

For programs for younger children, visit our Programs for the Very Young page.

Education Programs

The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers education programs for children, adults, families, schools and universities

Virtual Materials

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For PK-12 Schools

In addition to docent-led and self-guided School Tours, the Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a variety of field trips for children and youth aged 3 through 18. Our year-round field trips (K-12) and field trips for the very young (ages 3-5) combine outdoor exploration and hands-on activities, and address state standards in art and science, common core standards in speaking and listening, and DPI performance standards for environmental education.

All of the field trips are designed to integrate our collection of monumental outdoor sculpture with the natural ecology of park, pond and woodland. Led by artists, naturalists, and art educators, these programs explore the intersection of art and nature through collaborative discovery and hands-on artmaking, using all of Lynden's 40 acres as well as its art studio to create a joyful experience.

If you are interested in classroom visit, residencies, or other customized programs, please contact Jeremy Stepien at or 414-446-8481.

Lynden's education programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Milwaukee Public Schools Partnership for the Arts & Humanities; Astor Street Foundation; Baird Foundation; Brewers Community Foundation, Inc.; Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies; and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Kopmeier Family Foundation.

For the Very Young

For parents and very small children, we offer In the Garden: Programs for the Very Young, which includes Tuesdays in the Garden (ages 0-3 years) and field trips for the very young (ages 3-5).

For Children and Teens

We offer a variety of programs for young people including a weekly art drop-in, Homeschool Days and summer camps at the intersection of art and nature.

For Colleges and Universities

Lynden offers docent-led and self-guided tours for college and university students. Customized programs are also available.

For Families

Drop in for one of our monthly all-ages workshops. These workshops are free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

For Adults

Workshops range from a few hours to multi-day intensives, and from informal opportunities to make things or experience the garden to skills-based programs with visiting artists designed to take your practice to the next level. Most of our workshops focus on artmaking, writing, or creativity, and our writing workshops are offered in collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center. Some of these workshops are suitable for teens as well as adults.


Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education
(414) 446-8481

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