Michigan State 4H Childrens Garden butterfly_habitat

East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State University 4-H Childrens Garden

The 4-H Children’s Gardens at Michigan State University is recognized as a model for children’s gardens everywhere. 4-H is the youth component of Michigan State University Extension. Children were asked what they want to see when they visit a garden and this delightful half-acre site with more than 60 theme gardens grew.

In the Butterfly Garden, children walk on the butterfly’s body, shaped by unique brick formations and surrounded by plants that butterflies love.

The Outdoor Garden area is a wonderland for children with an amphitheater for programs and specialty areas such as Creation Station, Tree House, Pizza Garden, Monet Bridge, Spitting Frog Fountains, Alice in Wonderland Maze, dance chimes, Sense-Sational Herb Garden, Jack & the Giant’s Garden, the Cereal Bowl, Rock Garden, Garden of Delight, Pharmacy Garden and the Science Discovery Garden.

Harry’s Herbology Garden

Harry’s Herbology Garden

The indoor garden features a butterfly habitat, container gardens, honey bee exhibit, and – for Harry Potter fans — Harry’ Herbology Garden where you’ll find many  of the plants from the Harry Potter books.

There’s also a G-gague model train (part of the ABC KinderGarden) that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays during June, July and August (weather permitting).


Outdoor gardens open daily, from sunup to sundown.

Indoor garden open 8am to 5pm daily. Enter the building through the doors on the south side (under the teal colored awning). Once inside, follow the green vine on the floor.

1066 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824

Call (517-355-5191 ext. 1-349

“In a child’s garden, imagination grows.” [ info ]