"STEM Explorers powered by Green Teens"  explores the importance of the natural world and promote environmental advocacy through interactive education programs. Past on-site workshops explored various aspects of gardening. Dig in to experience gardening at home.

Getting Ready to Grow!


The sunflower seeds planted by visitors will be transplanted to our sunflower house!

  • After a long winter, the garden needs a lot of attention. Here is a checklist so that you don't forget anything!
  • Gardening with your kids engages all of their senses, enhances fine motor coordination and observational skills, and fosters family bonding. Learn more about the positive benefits of introducing children to gardening.
  • Gardens change with the seasons. For your next story time, follow Sophie's journey as she tends to the garden with her grandparents in Gerda Muller's "How Does My Garden Grow?"

Winter is Coming

Child holding red wheelbarrow filled with gravel in Our Backyard exhibit at LICM.

To help put Our Backyard to sleep for the winter, kids added dirt to plant beds and replenished our gravel pit. They also made colorful egg carton bird feeders to hang in their gardens at home!

  • Gardening with kids is a great opportunity to get them outside and exposed to nature. Here are some fun gardening activities to try as a family.  
  • Grow your own veggies? Collect seeds from this year's crop to plant next spring.
  • Not all birds migrate south in the winter. Cook up some cookie cutter birdfeeders to feed birds like cardinals who stay on Long Island throughout the winter months.  



James and Lily learned how Red Wiggler worms break down food scraps to create nutrient rich compost as they set up a worm bin to take home.

  • Always wanted to try composting but never knew where to start? This handy guide outlines how to set up an indoor composting bin and shows you how to compost step by step.
  • Just as we recycle things like paper, glass, and plastic, we can also recycle our food scraps! Learn about why it is important to compost our food waste. 
  • Why Red Wiggler Worms? Red Wigglers are not the earthworms that you would find in your garden, but rather would live in piles of decomposing organic material like fallen leaves. Check out why Red Wigglers are used as composting worms

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