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.

Garden Fundraising Event

When:  Saturday, February 27 6:30pm until 9:30pm 

Where:  Olympia Room & 701 Whaley Street

Special guest presentation by Dr. Melissa Spurrier

Garden Party Attire, $35 per person/$65 per couple

To register, please visit the following link:


Great Backyard Bird Count


Saturday, February 13th, 2016, 8:30am-10:30am

From 10:30am to 11:00am there will be a free program for children 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! Lewis Burke will be our lead birder. Maybe you’ll be able to see a bald eagle or harrier hawk!!

Please remember to bring a bird field guide, binoculars, and a camera. Dress for the weather! The long range forecast for Saturday, February 13th: High, 61 degrees F, sunny, winds NE at 4 mph with gusts to 7 mph.

Visit http://www.carolinachildrensgarden.org or our Facebook page for more information. To register, email carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national event sponsored by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society. Local count data becomes part of a national research database. For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, go to http://www.audubon.org/content/about-great-backyard-bird-count.

GBBC 2016 Flyer

Growing Gardeners

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!


You can always contact Carolina Children’s Garden for information on great additional programming to cultivate an interest in gardening, such as Ms. Slither Goes to School.

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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