New play space at Desert Botanical Garden encourages kids to engage with nature

Desert Botanical Garden is already a great place for families to learn about and engage with the Sonoran Desert. Now, with the 8000-square foot open-air Cactus Clubhouse, opening February 29, kids have even more opportunities to discover the fun of nature by climbing, creating, and building with organic materials.

Cactus Clubhouse was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the USDA Forest Service, and incorporates activities designed to spark independent play while encouraging physical, cognitive, and behavioral growth. Activity stations include nature art, music and movement, climbing, messy materials, and building.

“As we look to the future of desert conservation and preservation, we know that the children of today are the conservationists of tomorrow. We see Cactus Clubhouse being a fun and safe place where children can form those vital connections with nature and establish an appreciation of the outdoors that can follow them through adulthood,” said Ken Schutz, DBG’s Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director.

The Clubhouse is open to kids ages 0 to 12, and is included with Garden admission and membership. Hours will vary seasonally. For more information, visit