McKee Botanical Garden kicks off GoFundMe to help get kids back to nature


If you haven’t been to McKee Botanical Garden to witness the progress of the new Children’s Garden, now is the time! Among the tree tops and

New Children’s Garden at McKee to open in 2019.

lush foliage on an almost 2-acre parcel of land, a magical and mythical wonderland is taking shape. The new Children’s Garden at McKee, which is scheduled to open in 2019, will soon be a reality for children to Explore, Discover and Just Be A Kid! The new garden will provide an engaging place for families and will allow for expanded educational opportunities and programs to encourage young visitors to fall in love with nature as its future stewards. The new Children’s Garden at McKee will feature a Lily Pad Water Walk, a karst hideout and splash fountain, canopy bridges, a life-sized Pirate Shipwreck, Fairy House and Forest, an Education Amphitheater where children can gather for plays, workshops and crafts, and a Blue Crab Reading Circle and Stumpery.

Construction of the new garden began in March and new and exciting changes can be seen daily.  Currently, visitors to the Garden can witness first-hand the continued progress of this project while strolling the pathways along the construction site. The first layer of concrete has been sprayed on the Pirate Shipwreck and Grand Discovery Tree and in the next few weeks artists will begin to create texture and color – the perfect time to visit!  Also under construction is the children’s Monkey Bridge, positioned alongside the adult Grand Entry Bridge which crosses over the Main Pond. Guests can also get a glimpse of the Bamboo Bridges suspended in air and Bamboo Huts for resting in the shade. Additional features that will be added soon will include a Jungle Lookout draped with a rope ladder, and a Songbird Music Garden. Construction has already begun on the massive mushrooms that will line the Fairy Forest leading to a Fairy House.
McKee has established a GoFundMe account and is asking for the community’s support of this vital one-of-a-kind public resource in Indian River County. Why is this project so important and why should you support it?  Children learn from nature. Imaginations thrive through creative play and interaction with the world and each other.  In our community, few opportunities exist for our children to play in nature freely.  As our children become more and more engaged in technology and virtual interaction takes the place of physical interaction with the world, the time is now to ensure an outdoor “no-screens” resource is available for them.
Please help us Get Kids Back To Nature by visiting McKee’s GoFundMe page and supporting this project with a donation and by sharing the link with your friends, family and community. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will help us bring thousands of children and countless generations outdoors and back to nature. You can make a personal donation of $25, $50, $100 or more with a one-time contribution or a recurring monthly gift. You can designate your gift to be in honor of your child or in memory of someone special.  Share our Children’s Garden fundraising page with your friends, family and co-workers through emails and Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms and encourage them to make their own donation. Parents can use this opportunity  to teach children about the importance of giving back to the community in support of a very worthwhile cause. To make a donation and share our fundraising page, visit:
We have established a community goal of $100,000 to help fund this important and long-overdue resource in our community. We hope you will make a donation today and help us get the word out about the new Children’s Garden at McKee. Together we can become part of a legacy for change. Your donation will serve as a building block to a place where thousands of children and countless generations will forge a lasting bond with nature. For more information, please call 772-794-0601 or visit Thanks for your support and we hope to see you along our pathways soon!
About McKee Botanical Garden
McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all. McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach. General admission rates are $12 Adults, $11 Seniors, and $8 Children ages 3-12. Admission is free for members and children under 3.  Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday noon to 5 pm. The Garden is closed on Monday.  The last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm.  For additional information, please visit

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