The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University announces some new fun and educational programs starting Saturday that will be offered during the open houses taking place at the garden.

The Botanic Garden Kids Look, Learn – See Them Grow Series is designed to help children understand the connections among people, plants and the environment. Laura Payne, volunteer coordinator at the garden, said with the exception of the month of August, the programs will take place during the regularly scheduled open houses slated the first and third Saturday of each month beginning Saturday through October 5. Open house hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the children’s programs will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each Saturday.

Saturday's program is "Building a Fairy Garden." The Botanic Garden ambassadors will design and build a fairy garden for everyone to enjoy at the garden. Then children will use their imaginations and supplied materials to build their own fairy garden to take home.

“We’re very fortunate at The Botanic Garden at OSU to have wonderful Ambassadors like Steve and Lynne Miller who helped develop these children’s programs for us,” Payne said. “Gardening is such a great activity for a family, and these programs are designed to foster that interest in children. Each of the nine programs deals with a different aspect of gardening, so it will be exciting to see the children learning about things such as vegetable gardening, soils and bird life.”

Story Time in the Garden is a free program designed for children 3-5 years of age. Children are invited to come out and enjoy books on nature topics read by the garden ambassadors. Reading begins at 10 a.m. While the Story Time in the Garden is free, parents are asked to call and reserve a spot for their child.

Children ages 6-12 are invited to take part in other hands-on activities during each of the open houses. There is a $5 fee per child per session, or children may attend all eight sessions for $35. Class space is limited so we encourage you to call ahead and save a spot for your child. Contact Payne via email at or by calling 405-744-4531.