Stepping stones leading to the entrance of the Discovery Garden
Entrance to the garden
Discovery Garden entrance
Garden Adventures campers harvesting ingredients for soup
Volunteer helping graden adventures campers make pinecone bird feeders
Campers getting ready for Garden Adventures camp
CCFPD Staff working in the Greenhouse.
Growing Plants in the Discovery Garden
Backstory and Context
Maintained by Champaign County Forest Preserve District Staff and Master Gardeners and Naturalists from the University of Illinois Extension, this Discovery Garden provides a hands-on experience to visitors who want to get up close and personal with growing flowers, vegetables, herbs, and other plants. The garden is also used as a teaching tool for the district’s Museum and Education Department. Many local students and campers utilize this garden space to learn about gardening, the science behind it, and how to grow flowers, plants, and vegetables of their own. Look for plant labels to learn more about what grows in and around the garden. Check back throughout the growing season to see how plants are progressing. When it’s time to harvest, we encourage the community to visit and take samples of the many fruits of the season!