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Children’s gardens are magical places where kids can interact with plants, see where food and fibers grow, and experience the role of birds, butterflies, and bees in nature. This garden will not only expose youngsters to our natural Florida environment, but will also provide marvelous learning opportunities. The Garden will allow them to focus on the care and nurture of plants and animals as they interact in creative spaces designed to stimulate all five senses!


SITE DETAILS

2+ acres (East side is 1.5+ acres and the West side is 0.5 acres)

Located along McKay Creek with 400 linear feet of frontage

Adjacent to 1+ acre of unaltered wetland and native plant buffer on the east and the southern boundaries of the Garden

Situated in our Florida natural pine flat woods habitat with slash pine and laurel oak as the dominant tree species and palmettos in the understory

FACILITY AND PROGRAM
ELEMENT DETAILS


EDUCATIONAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

A 600 sq. ft Outdoor Classroom

“Roots and shoots” Potting Area

Florida Friendly Gardens and Exhibits

PROGRAM AREAS FOR THE ARTS INCLUDE:

Percussion Musical Instruments

Children’s Art Display Areas

Small Honeycomb-Themed Outdoor Stage

NATURE EXPLORATION AND PLAY FEATURES INCLUDE:

Play Equipment for Climbing, Crawling and Jumping

Exploratory Trails through a Bamboo Stand and along McKay Creek

Water Contact with Misters and an old-fashioned Hand Pump

SITE AMENITIES INCLUDE:

Picnic tables and Seating for Adults

600+ Linear Feet of ADA Compliant Walkways

Walkway Lighting, Drinking Water Fountains and Cell Phone Charging Stations

PROJECT COSTS:

Total Estimated construction cost is $1,500,000 including design, permits, and construction

Challenge Gift of $500,000 has been secured from a private family foundation

An additional $500,000 will be set aside from FBG Foundation Reserves

Capital Campaign of $500,000 is now underway

Annual operational cost will be a function of general maintenance, programming, events, staffing requirements and volunteer participation