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Discovery Activities & Tours

Spend some time with our Garden Interpreters to discover plants in a new way. Visit our Discovery Carts, go on a guided tour, and much more!

All Discovery in the Gardens activities are included in your General Admission or Membership! This admission also includes your entry into all 5 garden areas for the day.

Upcoming Activities and Tours

Activities and Tours by Season

Bloom Season Activities and Tours

Mid-May Through August

There’s lots to learn and explore as spring and summer bring the gardens to life! Join RBG’s interpretation team for guided tours and self-guided activities that will be sure to inspire.

For specific dates and topics, check our full events calendar prior to your visit.

Discovery Cart Teaching About Roses

Discovery Station

Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stop by our Discovery Station to explore highlights in the Gardens. Our topics will change a few times per summer so be sure to come back again to see what we are up to next! See the calendar for the garden location and topic.

Guided

Group Looking at Bloodroot Sculpture

Garden Tours

Daily, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

NOTE: Garden tours on hold due to COVID-19. Check back for updates!

Follow a Garden Interpreter for a guided tour of one of our gardens! Tour topics and locations vary throughout the summer.

Guided

Coloured Backpacks On Grass With Discovery Packs Sign

Discovery Packs

Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NOTE: activity on hold due to COVID-19. Check back for updates!

Borrow a Discovery Pack from the Discovery Cart to take with you around the Gardens. These packs are complete with activity books and other tools to help you explore.

Self-Guided

Back To Nature Hike Group On Trail

Back to Nature Hikes

Sundays, 10 a.m.

NOTE: activity on hold due to COVID-19. Check back for updates!

Explore the trails with FREE guided hikes through the vast ecosystems of RBG’s lands! Location rotates.

Available year-round! September through May: 2 p.m., June through August: 10 a.m.

Guided

Trillium In Bloom

Wildflower Walks

Weekends in May / June, 1:30 p.m. (see events calendar for specific dates)

NOTE: activity on hold due to COVID-19. Check back for updates!

Join a Garden Interpreter for a guided walk and see what wildflowers are in bloom!

Guided

… and more!

Our interpretation team is always hard at work adding new activities and tour options throughout the year. For a full listing of upcoming Discovery Activities by date (including location and topic information) please see our full events calendar prior to your visit.

Holiday Traditions Activities and Tours

2019/2020 Dates: November 16 to January 5

While you are visiting RBG Centre for Holiday Traditions, join us for some hands-on activities, seasonal stories, and to explore the outdoors!

For specific dates and meeting-places, check our full events calendar prior to your visit.

Rose Hips In Winter Rose Garden

Winter Walks

Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Take a guided walk to discover wonders of RBG’s gardens in winter. Meet in the Hendrie Park Tunnel.

Guided

Rose Hips In Winter Rose Garden

Storytime

Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Join one of our nature interpreters to hear a fun holiday story.

Guided

Botanical Train Display

Train Scavenger Hunts

Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Borrow a scavenger hunt and explore our botanical train display.

Self-Guided

Snowy Hendrie Valley Boardwalk

Back to Nature Hikes

Sundays, 2 p.m.

Explore the trails with FREE guided hikes through the vast ecosystems of RBG’s lands, allowing people to familiarize themselves with the area so they can continue to explore with their friends and family. Location rotates.

Guided

… and more!

Our interpretation team is always hard at work adding new activities and tour options throughout the year. For a full listing of upcoming Discovery Activities by date (including location and topic information) please see our full events calendar prior to your visit.

Winter Exhibit Activities and Tours

2020 Dates: January 18 to April 13

Join us for interactive animal shows, discovery activities, animal meet-and-greets, and more.

NOTE: this programming is specific to the 2020 “Wildlife Rescue” Exhibit. Programming varies year-to-year. Check back for specific 2021 activities!

Looking for a private tour?

Join us for a private guided tour that will captivate all your senses! Explore beautiful cultivated gardens, enjoy a catered lunch, and take a walk along our scenic nature trails.

Organized tours are available for groups of 15 or more and must be booked at least 4 weeks in advance.