Classes & Events

The garden is open year round, and we have a ton of great events lined up!  Keep checking back to learn more about what's happening!


Friday Storytime

Fridays at 10:00AM Beginning May 1st, 2015!


Join us in the Children’s Garden and listen to fun stories. Then, busy yourself with exciting activities like running through a sprinkler, harvesting vegetables, or showing off your fairy or superhero costumes!​ Fall/Winter storytime is held in our visitor's center.


The second Friday of the month (June - August) is Super Story Time! 






Ribbit the Exhibit

June through August, 2015


Hop on over to Dow Gardens, this summer, and meet the cast of characters that make up Ribbit the Exhibit! This whimsical-display features 20 figures with big personalities crafted by noted sculptor J.A. Cobb.  The exhibit will feature workshops and events to encourage appreciation of each unique piece of art. 









Wellpath - Yoga in the Gardens

May 26 thru June 25  | June 30 thu July 30 | August 4 thru September 3    5:30PM - 6:45PM


This class will meet at the Dow Gardens Visitor Center. From there participants will walk to various sections of Dow Gardens. This is a Viniyoga class suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Getting up and down from the ground, standing on one leg and performing squats should be easy tasks for participants.


Register at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, Employee Fitness Center desk at Campus Ridge #1, 4401

For more information call 989.837.9114




Lunchtime Yoga

June 4 thru June 25  12:00PM - 1:15PM


Take a break from your work day and rebuild your energy level. This class with stretch, invigorate, and relax you.


In case of inclement weather, classes will be held in The Dow Gardens visitor center.  This class is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Getting up and down from the ground, standing on one leg and performing squats should be easy tasks for participants.


For more information call 989.837.9114






Growin Gardeners

Choose from four class times in this 10-week summer program!  $40.00 for a family plot.


Don't miss this award-winning program! Children visit each week to learn about the wonderful world of gardening. Topics include: insects, weeds, worms, the water cycle, and plant identification. LEARN MORE >


Insect Collecting Workshop

Geared toward students interested in making a collection! June 3rd & 4th 12:00PM - 4:00PM   $30.00


Join Dow Gardens Entomologist for a crash course in insect collecting!  We’re up to the challenge of learning collecting techniques, pinning, and identification in this 2-day workshop, geared towards students interested in making an insect collection. This focused class will guide kids through the variable ecosystems of Whiting Forest and teach them skills to continue insect collecting for the remainder of the summer.  Collection supplies included.


Important: Students must have completed the 3rd grade.


Beginners Bug Classes

Wednesday June 17th - August 12th  $30.00


Join entomologist Elly Maxwell for a summer-long weekly class geared towards young entomologists.  Learn to collect, pin, preserve, and identify insect critters!  A focus on lifecycle, biology, and ecology enhance the experience.  Bring your curious mind, and be ready to explore!


Children must be 8 or older at the time the class begins.




Folk Music in the Garden

June 7, July 5, August 2   4:00PM - 6:00PM


Stop by Dow Gardens on the first Sunday of the month (May through August) and experience music in nature.  You'll hear up to four different concerts and musicians perform in a variety of locations throughout the garden. 


Included with the cost of admission or purchase of annual pass $10.00. 






Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series

Wednesdays (June 10 - August 12) 12:00PM - 1:30PM


Grab a sandwich and a summertime drink and meet friends and colleagues for a mid-day interlude of music under the open skies. Leave yourself some time to stroll the garden grounds, grab a freshly-made wrap from The Crave Cave food truck, or stop by The Children's Garden for a fun craft (1:00PM - 2:00PM.)


Included with the cost of admission or purchase of annual pass $10.00


June 10.............The Human Ipod, Variety

June 17.............Empty Canvas, Classic Rock with Art Performance

June 24.............Carry it On, Peter Paul and Mary Tribute

July 1................A Touch of Brass, Americana

July 8................Honesty and James, Oldies

July 15..............Allie & Jim, Variety

July 22..............Mandi Layne, Country

July 29..............Blue Water Ramblers, Songs of Michigan

August 5...........Grandpas with Guitars, Oldies

August 12.........Mariachi Cristal, Mariachi





Friday Outdoor Movie Night

Fridays, June 19, June 26, July 31, and August 28


Stop in on Fridays, throughout the summer, and experience a movie in the starlit concert area of Dow Gardens.  Outdoor movies begin after dusk.  The cost is included with your admission (just $5.00 for adults or $1.00 for students with i.d.) Outdoor movies are also included with purchase of an annual pass ($10.00 for the calendar year.) 


June 19, 9:30PM. – Honey I Shrunk the Kids   *Viva la Pollination Event

June 26, 9:30PM – Goonies

July 31, 9:00PM – Maze Runner

August 28, 8:15PM – Cinderella (2015)



Viva la Pollination

June 19th, 2015   6:00PM - 9:00PM  (outdoor movie following at 9:30PM


Join us in celebrating the pollinators that are so vital to our ecosystem in this fair-style family-friendly event!  We'll highlight and share the importance of pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, and bats through fun games and activities. Grab a bite from The Crave Cave, sample an assortment of honey, try out your luck hunting for pollinators, stop by the bee petting zoo, and stay for an outdoor movie - Honey I Shrunk the Kids, PG!


This event is included with your Dow Gardens admission or purchase of an annual pass. 








MidMichigan Brass Band

June 30th 6:00PM - 7:30PM


Stop by on Tuesday, June 30th and stroll to the beat of The Mid Michigan Brass Band. This British-style group is comprised of adult and student volunteers who simply enjoy making music.