Exploration Kits are simple, fun, collaborative learning opportunities for youth and their caregivers. Engaging outdoor activities will encourage exploration of seasonal natural phenomena right here in Seattle and western Washington.

Easy to use, Exploration Kits require no teaching experience or prior botanical knowledge! All needed materials for activities, games, and investigations are included.

Brought to you by the Kubota Garden Foundation and the UW Botanic Gardens.

Spring Exploration Kits: Pollination Power


WHO: Children ages 4-12 with their caregiver(s).

WHEN: Kits are available for pick up between March 19th and April 18th, 2021. Registration opens March 12th.

WHERE: Select to pick up your kit at the Washington Park Arboretum, Kubota Garden Foundation Office (about 1 mile from Kubota Garden), or the Othello-UW Commons.

COST: $0-$7 per kit based on self-determined need. Each kit serves up to four children and their caregivers.

What’s Included:

  • A Learning Story: “Pollen Party”
  • An Investigation: Follow simple, step-by-step instructions for this hands-on game to get up close and personal with plants and blooms of different kinds.
  • Two Scavenger Hunts: ranging in difficulty to engage with all learners.
  • Kubota Self Guided Tour: Get better aquainted with Kubota Garden-its story and its grounds.
  • Two Treasure Maps: Using a map, find some spring time nature treasures at Kubota Garden AND the Washington Park Arboretum.
  • Making Connections: What does pollination have to do with people? Explore and discuss the amazing story of Edmond Albius.
  • Paintbrushes: Powerful scientific tools for pollination observation, exploration, and transformation!

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