Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open!
A cherished place of respite and inspiration for more than 55 years, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, and we look forward to your visit. Fall/winter hours (Nov. 1–March 13) are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing. Face masks are required when interacting with others in the Gardens and for entering the Garden Center. For more information and guidelines for visiting safely, click here. We hope to see you soon at the Gardens!

Get Outside Activity Boxes

NEW THIS SUMMER! AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! 

Children's Summer Camp Get Outside Activity Boxes

Offered by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Little Professor Bookshop

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is delighted to partner with Little Professor Bookshop to offer an exciting new opportunity to help young people connect with nature and experience a fun alternative to our popular Children's Summer Camps—right at home!

Our seven Get Outside Activity Boxes are themed to coordinate with some of our popular Children's Summer Camps. These specially curated activity boxes, available for a limited time only, are designed to help children ages 5-10 make the most of summer and explore the wonders of nature right in their own backyards. Proceeds benefit the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of the Gardens, educational programs, and outreach activities.
Thank you for being a friend of the Gardens!

ONLINE PREORDERS MAY BE MADE THROUGH AUGUST 31.

YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN YOUR ORDER IS READY FOR PICKUP AT LITTLE PROFESSOR BOOKSHOP.

Little Professor Bookshop is located at 2844 18th Street South, Homewood, AL 35209.

Prices Per Box

Members of the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens: $60/box*
Non-Members: $75/box
*To receive your Member discount, sign in to our website by clicking "Member Log-In" at the top of your screen. Discount will appear in your cart when checking out.

Quantities are limited, so order your Get Outside Activity Box today!

If you registered for a Children’s Summer Camp and would like to apply your camp registration toward a Get Outside Activity Box, please contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at [email protected].


 

Get Outside Activity Box #1: STEAM-Inspired Creativity

Explore the environment in a fun, creative way while utilizing natural and found objects!

ORDER ACTIVITY BOX #1

This box includes: 

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens Children’s Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Plant grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, plus clay pot and paints for decorating
  • Daily activity ideas curated by the Friends' Education and Visitor Experience team
  • Exploring Nature Activity Book for Kids: 50 Creative Projects to Spark Curiosity in the Outdoors
    • This nature book is filled with hands-on educational outdoor activities such as crafting bird feeders out of fruit, pressing flowers, creating sundials, and more. Includes activities designed for a variety of seasons, regions, and age ranges, 50 outdoor projects to inspire a lifetime of curiosity, and colorful illustrations to bring activities to life and get kids excited about going outside.
  • Nature Anatomy
    • See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and more. 
  • Creative Kits Rock Painting
    • Your child will learn to transform a simple rock into a work of art! Kit includes 8 river rocks, 10 paints, 2 paintbrushes, and a 48-page instructional book with easy, step-by-step instructions for painting 20+ designs.  
  • Two of a Kind Colored Pencils - Set of 12
    • When one colored pencil isn't enough, you can call upon these double-ended pencils for double the colors. 
  • Sketchbook
    • This White DIY Cover Sketchbook is great for holding all of your amazing creations. Make your sketchbook your own by putting your art right on the cover.  
  • Field Guide

Get Outside Activity Box #2: Young Artists

Explore the outdoors and be inspired to paint with watercolor to create your own special collection of summertime art. It will be tons of creative, colorful fun!

ORDER ACTIVITY BOX #2

This box includes:

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens Children’s Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Plant grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, plus clay pot and paints for decorating
  • Daily activity ideas curated by the Friends' Education and Visitor Experience team
  • The Big Book of Blooms
    • A large-format introduction to flowers and their pollinators. Zommer employs agile brushwork and a fondness for graceful lines and bright colors to bring to life bustling bouquets from a range of habitats, from rainforest to desert. A floral fantasia for budding botanists.
  • Watercolor set
    • Chroma Blends 2 blendable pearlescent watercolors. Brush included. 
  • Watercolor paper
    • Chroma Blends Watercolor Paper pad. 8 by 10 inches. Features 15 sheets of heavyweight, acid-free watercolor paper to help watercolor creations last.
  • Sketchbook
    • High-quality sketchbook with white, DIY cover.
  • Smooth Stix
    • Set of 6 water-soluble and washable gel crayons. Use a paintbrush and water to create a watercolor effect. Brush included. Will not dry out. Reusable travel case. For ages 3 and up.

Get Outside Activity Box #3: Summer Chefs (Age 4-2nd grade)

Explore, plant, smell, taste, create, and cook!

ORDER ACTIVITY BOX #3

This box includes:

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens Children’s Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Plant grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens to use in your recipes, plus clay pot and paints for decorating
  • Canvas apron and fabric markers for designing your own apron
  • Daily activity ideas and recipes curated by the Friends' Education and Visitor Experience team
  • Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's Cookbook
    • For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes.
  • Kid Chef Junior: My First Kids Cookbook
    • Children are naturally curious about what goes on in the kitchen and eager to step up to the counter themselves. This cookbook will help kids develop their culinary know-how as they make healthy, wholesome, kid-approved meals—first with an adult, and eventually, all on their own!
  • Sketchbook
    • High-quality sketchbook with white, DIY cover.
  • Two of a Kind Colored Pencils - Set of 12
    • When one colored pencil isn't enough, you can call upon these double-ended pencils for double the colors.

Get Outside Activity Box #4: Summer Chefs (Grades 3+)

Explore, plant, smell, taste, create, and cook!

ORDER ACTIVITY BOX #4

This box includes:

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens Children’s Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Plant grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens to use in your recipes plus clay pot and paints for decorating
  • Canvas apron and fabric markers for designing your own apron
  • Daily activity ideas and recipes curated by the Friends' Education and Visitor Experience team
  • Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's Cookbook
    • For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes.
  • Chef Junior: 100 Super Delicious Recipes by Kids for Kids!
    • Cookbooks for kids often focus on bland "child-friendly" fare, but the authors of Chef Junior, five young cooks between the ages of 12 and 15, challenge that assumption with a repertoire of healthy, delicious, and inventive recipes that range from easy to advanced. Kids will love these dishes and drinks, including Tiramisu French Toast, Coconut Chicken Nuggets, Garden Fresh Pesto Pasta, Peach Cobbler, chocolate-y No-Bake Cookies, and Mango Lemonade, along with perennial favorites like mac 'n' cheese, hamburgers, pizza, and tacos. In addition, children will learn how to set up a working pantry, use kitchen tools safely, and create a meal plan.
  • Sketchbook
    • High-quality sketchbook with white, DIY cover.
  • Two of a Kind Colored Pencils - Set of 12
    • When one colored pencil isn't enough, you can call upon these double-ended pencils for double the colors.

Get Outside Activity Box #5: Chefs Around the World

Explore, plant, smell, taste, create, and cook!

ORDER ACTIVITY BOX #5

This box includes:

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens Children’s Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Plant grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens to use in your recipes plus clay pot and paints for decorating
  • Canvas apron and fabric markers for designing your own apron
  • Daily activity ideas and recipes curated by the Friends' Education and Visitor Experience team
  • What's Cooking at 10 Garden Street?: Recipes for Kids from Around the World
    • Something delicious is cooking in the old apartment building on Garden Street! Pilar is mixing gazpacho, Monsieur Ping is stir-frying broccoli, Señora Flores is preparing a pot of beans, and Josef and Rafik are rolling meatballs. Other neighbors are making mini-quiches, baba ganoush, dhal, and peanut butter cookies. When they're all finished cooking, everyone gathers in the garden to enjoy a delicious meal and each other's company. Each inviting spread in this storybook offers a recipe from a different culinary tradition. Dishes that kids love, like guacamole, spaghetti, and banana bread are interspersed with others that include less familiar ingredients, such as mirin, tahini, and turmeric. The recipes explain how each dish is made and come with fun and detailed illustrations.
  • Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids
    • An introduction to easy gardening! Whether you live in the city or the countryside, there are plenty of places your child can plant and grow. Your child will have a chance to make a pot, build a balcony box, create a bird feeders, and even get friendly with worms! Each activity has been carefully chosen by Kirsten Bradley, a leading practitioner of permaculture, to create living, renewable, and sustainable environments for kids and their families. Illustrated by Aitch, a Romanian artist whose folkloric illustrations pay homage to vintage botanical books while giving each page a sense of modern magic.
  • Sketchbook
    • High-quality sketchbook with white, DIY cover.
  • Two of a Kind Colored Pencils - Set of 12
    • When one colored pencil isn't enough, you can call upon these double-ended pencils for double the colors. 


 

Get Outside Activity Box #6: Gardening (Age 4-2nd Grade)

Let’s explore our wonderful world of gardening! 

ORDER ACTIVITY BOX #6
This box includes:

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens Children’s Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Plant grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, plus clay pot and paints for decorating
  • Daily activity ideas curated by the Friends' Education and Visitor Experience team
  • Easy Peasy: Gardening for Kids
    • An introduction to easy gardening! Whether you live in the city or the countryside, there are plenty of places your child can plant and grow. Your child will have a chance to make a pot, build a balcony box, create a bird feeders, and even get friendly with worms! Each activity has been carefully chosen by Kirsten Bradley, a leading practitioner of permaculture, to create living, renewable, and sustainable environments for kids and their families. Illustrated by Aitch, a Romanian artist whose folkloric illustrations pay homage to vintage botanical books while giving each page a sense of modern magic.
  • Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt
    • Explore the secret world beneath the dirt that brings the world of nature to life: Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world—earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow—populated by all the animals that make a garden their home. With Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, you can explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year!
  • Stamp Bug Set
    • Get creative! Instead of plain insect stamps, Stamp Bugs offers an assortment of buggy shapes and textures, so you get to decide what bugs--real and imagined--you want to create. Use the ink pads provided across crafting and DIY projects, from scrapbooking to card making. Combine bug parts, antennae, wings, and legs to make your own bumblebees, dragonflies, fireflies, ladybugs, spiders, and so much more.
  • Two of a Kind Colored Pencils - Set of 12
    • When one colored pencil isn't enough, you can call upon these double-ended pencils for double the colors. 
  • Sketchbook
    • This White DIY Cover Sketchbook is great for holding all of your amazing creations. Make your sketchbook your own by putting your art right on the cover.  


 

Get Outside Activity Box #7: Gardening (Grades 3+)

Let’s explore our wonderful world of gardening!

ORDER ACTIVITY BOX #7
This box includes: 

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens Children’s Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Plant grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, plus clay pot and paints for decorating
  • Daily activity ideas curated by the Friends' Education and Visitor Experience team
  • In the Garden
    • Marvelous wonders await in this extraordinary garden book. From season to season, children follow the life of a garden as each page reveals new treasures hiding under lift-up flaps. Peek inside the curious tulip bulb and discover the peas inside a peapod. Watch a ladybug help with pesky aphids and search for ripe strawberries under the leaves. Rich in detail, Emma Giuliani's bright, immersive illustrations and flaps in fantastic shapes, sizes, and colors carry the reader into the enchanted world of gardening. Discovering different facets of the garden-fauna, flora, and the work necessary to help it grow and thrive-will delight gardeners of all ages.
  • Stamp Flower Garden Set
    • Grow your own garden with this set of high-quality rubber stamps and two colored ink pads. The sturdy matchbox-style box features twenty-five wood-backed stamps in an assortment of shapes and textures, from leaves and stems to buds and petals--even a bee! A verdant kit of parts, Stamp Garden contains all the botanically inspired pieces you need to cultivate an imaginary garden, beautiful bouquet, or botanical pattern--the combinations are infinite.
  • Two of a Kind Colored Pencils - Set of 12
    • When one colored pencil isn't enough, you can call upon these double-ended pencils for double the colors. 
  • Sketchbook
    • This White DIY Cover Sketchbook is great for holding all of your amazing creations. Make your sketchbook your own by putting your art right on the cover.