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Nature Cat’s Backyard at Garden & Landscape Expo

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Cultivate a love for gardening and the outdoors with your entire family at Nature Cat’s Backyard! In addition to a variety of educational gardening activities, the area will feature a swing set, sandbox, basketball court, trampoline and putting green. While activities will take place throughout the three-day event, Sunday is Garden & Landscape Expo's official "Family Day." Stop by to meet PBS’s Nature Cat from 10 a.m. until Noon. The first 50 kids in Nature Cat’s Backyard on Sunday will receive a signed copy of Sally the Stone & Friends: Spread Kindness and Joy!

Schedule of Activities

Friday, Feb. 7
12-2 p.m. Prairie seed packets (Aldo Leopold Nature Center)
12-2 p.m. Backyard nature play (Mighty Seeds Forest School)
12-2 p.m. Growing seeds of kindness (PBS Wisconsin Education)
12-4:30 p.m. Worm composting (REAP Food Group)
12-7 p.m. Sandbox (provided by Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association)
12-7 p.m. Family fun area with swing set, basketball court, trampoline and putting green (provided by PlayN Wisconsin)
Saturday, Feb. 8
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sandbox (provided by Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association)
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Family fun area with swing set, basketball court, trampoline and putting green (provided by PlayN Wisconsin)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Insect petting zoo (Insect Diagnostic Lab, UW-Madison Dept. of Entomology)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Prairie seed packets (Aldo Leopold Nature Center)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Plant people (Crooks & Thieves)
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Animal pelts and skulls (UW-Madison Arboretum)
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Backyard nature play (Mighty Seeds Forest School)
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Growing seeds of kindness (PBS Wisconsin Education)
Sunday, Feb. 9
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meet PBS’s Nature Cat
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Crane crafts (International Crane Foundation)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Insect petting zoo (Insect Diagnostic Lab, UW-Madison Dept. of Entomology)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Smoothie making station with bike powered blender (Community GroundWorks)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Prairie seed packets (Aldo Leopold Nature Center)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Plant people (Crooks & Thieves)
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Backyard nature play (Mighty Seeds Forest School)
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Growing seeds of kindness (PBS Wisconsin Education)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Worm composting (REAP Food Group)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kindness stone painting (with author Sally Schnarr)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sandbox (provided by Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Family fun area with swing set, basketball court, trampoline and putting green (provided by PlayN Wisconsin)

Free Admission

Garden & Landscape Expo offers free admission for children 12 and under, making it an affordable family outing in the middle of winter.

Seminars

The following seminars about incorporating kids in the garden will also take place during Garden & Landscape Expo:

Where Does Food Really Come From: Gardening with School Children
Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:15 p.m. in Waubesa/Kegonsa
Shirley J. Martin, Outagamie Co. Master Gardening Program
In this seminar, you will learn the basics of gardening with school children, including planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting.

Kids + Gardening + You
Sunday, Feb. 9 at 11:45 a.m. in Mendota 6-7
Presented by Amy Freidig, UW-Madison Division of Extension Master Gardener Program
Do you want to help guide the next generation of gardeners? Learn how to authentically garden with young children and why it is important to engage them in nature.

Nature Cat’s Passport

Calling all kids! Pick up your Nature Cat’s Passport in Nature Cat’s Backyard during Garden & Landscape Expo. You’ll collect stamps from participating exhibitor booths, picking up giveaways and educational resources along the way. Drop off your completed passport at the PBS Wisconsin booth to be entered into a prize drawing for a Wisconsin Dells Family Vacation Gift Card, provided by UnityPoint Health - Meriter.

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