On the first Sunday of each month, BBG invites visitors to invigorate themselves in the Garden with a host of daytime activities for all ages as part of its LIGHT IN WINTER series. Several activities change slightly from month to month in sync with the progression of the natural landscape and the plants and animals that inhabit it throughout the course of the season.
- Bird Walk | 10 a.m.
Winter is the best time to start bird watching, when our resident species predominate and before the confusing tropical birds of spring begin passing through. We’ll look for local denizens like juncos, tree sparrows, pine siskins, and common redpolls.
- Winter Blooms |Drop in anytime between 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Visitor’s Center Atrium. Families enjoy fragrant, colorful flowers blooming indoors and out in the middle of winter! Explore blooming bulbs and branches and pot up your own paperwhite plant to bring flowers into your home.
- Guided Tour: Chase Away the Winter Blues | 1 p.m.
December’s tour—After the Leaves Have Fallen: The Subtle Beauty of the Deciduous Trees of Winter—provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Walk the Garden to counteract holiday-season overindulgence while keeping the blues at bay. This walk is held rain, snow, or shine; dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet at Magnolia Plaza.
- Conservatory Highlights Tour 2:30–3:15 p.m. | Steinhardt Conservatory. Join a Garden Guide on a 45-minute family-friendly tour to see some of BBG’s most exquisite conservatory plants. Explore different habitats and get a dose of green to warm up your winter. No registration necessary. Meet at the entrance to the Steinhardt Conservatory. Learn more »
- Winter Yoga | 3 p.m.: Sarah Schumann, owner of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center, will lead a class that emphasizes warming and opening the body through yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and guided meditation. This 45-minute drop-in class, encourages you to slow down, savor the moment, and find the light of community. Meet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium at the Visitor Center.