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!


Butterflies in Bloom

Begins February 27th, 2015 - Included with admission or purchase of annual pass!


This interactive exhibit features thousands of brilliantly-colored butterflies, from countries around the world, emerging from their chrysalis, feeding, and flying all within the tropical environment of the Dow Gardens conservatory.


For a full list of Butterflies in Bloom events click below!








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

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.


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Woodlot Management Series

Sunday, February 15  | Saturday, March 14 |  Friday, April 17   9:30AM - 3:30PM at Whiting Forest


Brought to you by the Dow Gardens Whiting Forest, Little Forks Conservancy, and the Michigan Forestry Association! Join us to discover the potential for your woodlot. All three of these classes include an outdoor component so be sure to dress to go outside. Speakers will include Dow Gardens Whiting Forest staff, Soil and Water Conservation Foresters, guest lecturers from the Michigan DNR, and more! 


$25.00 per session or $60.00 for the series.  Lunch is included.  Call 989.631.2677 to register!


Sunday, February 15

In this class you’ll learn how to lay the framework for a forest management plan. You’ll discover how to do a property health assessment and learn what resources are available to you. The day will also include a guided tour of Whiting Forest and discussion on how to improve your woodlot for  wildlife habitat.


Saturday, March 14

At the second part in the series you’ll go deeper and learn woodlot management strategies including philosophies, techniques, and practices. You’ll also learn about Invasive species control.  A tour of Whiting Forest will include tree and plant identification with retired Dow Gardens Arborist Dan Veresh. In the afternoon the class will listen to a Soil & Water Conservation Forester share about identifying and scaling small lot timber.  


Friday, April 17

On the last day in the series you’ll discover the world of urban forest products and learn about timber harvesting. In the afternoon you’ll experience an exciting on-site milling demonstration and learn about forest resource utilization.  


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.


Storytime resumes May 1st, 2015!




Folk Music in the Garden

May 3, 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. 






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. 









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

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

June 24.............The Human Ipod, Variety

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.........Chromatic Effect, Instrumental





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.) 


2015 summer movie lineup to be determined.