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.

Summer Exploration Kits: Go with the Flow


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

WHEN: Kits are available for pick up between June 14th and July 14th. Registration opens June 10th.

WHERE: Select to pick up your kit at the Washington Park Arboretum, Kubota Garden Foundation Office (about 1 mile from Kubota Garden), or have a kit mailed to you.

COST: $0-$7 per kit based on self-determined need. +$5 shipping if mailing option is selected. Each kit serves up to four children and their caregivers.

What’s Included:

  • A Learning Story: “The Summer Water Challenge”
  • An Investigation: Follow simple, step-by-step instructions for this hands-on experiment that makes “plant sweat” come to life! 
  • A scavenger hunt: 2 copies!
  • Kubota Self Guided Tour: Get better acquainted with Kubota Garden-its story and its grounds
  • Two Treasure Maps: should you choose to visit the Washington Park Arboretum or the Kubota Garden, use these maps find some plant treasures that have interesting relationships with water
  • Making Connections: Learn about water in a Japenese Garden and the flow of Mapes Creek at Kubota Garden
  • Scientific Tools: A simple bag and twist tie transform into scientific tools for your “Plant Sweat” investigation

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