Garden variety

. June 28, 2013.

Whether peering through pools of water or watching the skies, kids can see all sorts of fantastic creatures at Matthaei Botanical Gardens' two upcoming family programs. First, on Wednesday, July 17, “Wetlands Explorers” (10am-12pm, $5 per child) introduces kids to the plants and animals that live at the bottom of ponds and streams, with dip nets provided for maximum up-close and personal contact. Prepare to get wet; waterproof boots or shoes are recommended. Dry off on Sunday, July 21 at “Things with Wings" (1-4pm, free), with a Monarch Watch to observe live butterflies, and a chance to learn about Project Safe Passage from the Washtenaw County Audubon Society, a program that helps you learn how to protect migrating birds. End on a sweet note when Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers and the student group UM Bees provide information on how to keep your own bees, complete with an observation hive and honey tasting.

1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600.