Field Trips for the Very Young

The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers field trips at the intersection of art and nature for groups of children aged 3-7. The excursions, led by naturalist Naomi Cobb, provide hands-on exploration in nature and art projects inspired by these outdoor investigations.

These 90-minute field trips are a perfect outing for preschools and programs for the very young. Picnic tables are available if you choose to pack a lunch or snack.

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General Information:


Field Trips for the Very Young at Lynden are designed for groups up to 30. If you have a larger group, please contact us. One adult chaperone per 10 students is required.


$7 per child (there is a $90 minimum for groups under 15). This includes admission, activities, and all materials. Adult chaperones are admitted free.

Subsidies and assistance with the cost of transportation are available for school tours; awards are based on need. Please contact Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education, at or 414-446-8481.


Advance registration is required. Availability is limited, and reservations are required. To register for a Field Trip at Lynden, click here.

Available Field Trips:

Winter in the Garden

Winter is a beautiful time to visit the Lynden Sculpture Garden, and a wonderful time for small, energetic children to venture outdoors. Taking two children's books as our starting point, Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, we'll engage in outdoor exploration and indoor artmaking. Outdoor activities are adapted to weather conditions. Appropriate clothing for outdoor play is essential.

Springing Out

Spring is a time of rapid growth and change in the ponds, trees, grasses and gardens at Lynden. We'll go on a multi-sensory expedition to discover what is springing out on the grounds.

Winged Ones

Lynden is full of winged creatures. We will take our nets across the garden and around the pond to catch some of our flying friends. Magnifying lenses will bring our discoveries fully into view, and we will make our own tiny wings to take home.

Garden World

(Summer and Fall)
Using all your senses, explore the diverse collection of plants, animals, and insects that live at Lynden. After our hands-on exploration, complete an art project to take home.

Pond Bingo

Fill up your bingo card as you identify the plants and insects near Lynden's pond, then catch a frog or turtle for our aquarium. When the tank is full of our pond discoveries, you will make a drawing of your creature to take home.

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