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Childhood's Gate Children's Garden


Visitors pass under the transformation canopy to enter the
Childhood's Gate Children's Garden.

On July 7, The Arboretum at Penn State opened the newly completed children’s garden, a unique space for exploring nature, fostering wonder, and celebrating the plants, animals, and geography of central Pennsylvania. A team that included Penn State childhood development experts worked with the design firm EDAW/AECOM and the Arboretum leadership and staff to create a garden that is truly a microcosm of our regional landscape.

Designed for visitors between the ages of 3 and 12, this garden serves as a place for families in the State College community and surrounding region, as well as alumni and other campus visitors, to enjoy the outdoors, learn together, and discover the natural world.

Throughout the garden, plantings featuring native Pennsylvania species create a natural setting and illustrate the biodiversity of plant life in our region. Prominently placed and used throughout are natural limestone and sandstone boulders and walls evoking the local landscape and telling the story of our geologic history.

Childhood's Gate Children's Garden was dedicated on September 7, 2014.




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