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entranceThe Carolina Children’s Garden is a two-acre green oasis and teaching garden located in northeast Columbia on the Clemson University/Sandhill extension campus. The garden has twelve theme gardens where children explore, play, and learn in a natural environment of birds and butterflies along with storybook characters like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit.

The mission of the garden is to inspire, educate, and motivate the community to use gardening as a tool to bring families in touch with nature and each other.


Join the Friends of the Carolina Children’s Garden
in the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Saturday, February 14th, 2015, 8:30am-10:30am

At 10:30am, children will make bird feeders with Liesel Hamilton, nature educator at the Carolina Children’s Garden Clemson Research and Education Center at Sandhill.

Meet at the Children’s Garden entrance and venture out into the Garden and surrounding forest to help count our feathered year-round residents, winter visitors, and weary travelers, guided by some of our area’s leading bird watchers! Please remember to bring a bird field guide, binoculars, and a camera. Dress for the weather!

Following the bird count, take a trip through Carolina Children’s Garden’s Bird Garden. Our Bird Garden was created by sixth grade students and is filled with great ideas for welcoming birds into your own back yard!

Email carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com to register!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an international event sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. Local count data becomes part of a national research database.


 Meet Our EducatorLiesel Hamilton

The Carolina Children’s Garden is pleased to introduce our onsite nature educator, Liesel Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English and Environmental Studies. She has extensive experience working with children; most recently she was involved in a tutoring program with Americorps on North Main Street. Teachers may reach Ms. Hamilton at carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.

NEW Carolina Children’s Garden School Classes Available

The Carolina Children’s Garden is happy to offer school classes that meet SC English Language Arts, Literacy, and Science Standards. For more information, visit the Programs page. To schedule your class, please contact Liesel Hamilton at carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.


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Carolina Children’s Garden is a wonderful place to enjoy a time with your family! Come on out and relax and encourage your child to enjoy imaginative play in one of the themed gardens. The garden is open daily from 7:30 am until dusk; there are no admission fees and there is so much to do!

Fun in the Garden:

  • How about a Scavenger Hunt? Bring one of the below lists and act like a super-sleuth ready to make some amazing discoveries.
  • Take a Bird Walk. You can find a list here to print out and bring with you. Maybe there’s an avid birdwatcher in your bunch.
  • Pack a Picnic! There are plenty of picnic tables for playing a game or eating lunch so pack a basket and plan to spend some time here. Our new three tier drinking fountain accommodates pets and people.

Fun at home:

Check out our “Growing Gardeners Fun at Home” links for projects to bring the joy of gardening home with you!


Email Us!

For more information, to register for a program, or to schedule a special program for your group, contact carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com.

We’d love to hear from you!


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