Discovery Garden

Make Edwardsville an Even Better Place to Raise Kids!


When we were kids, we played outdoors with other kids in our neighborhood. We found our own fun with whatever we discovered. Rocks, trees, plants, sticks - they were the tools of our imagination. We ran, we climbed we dug. We got dirty.

The Edwardsville Children's Museum Discovery Garden will bring back neighborhood play and hands-on discovery - in a safe, community environment.


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Children thrive when they connect with nature. The Discovery Garden is an outdoor classroom that provides a nature experience for young children. Play areas will be built from natural materials, designed for little hands and curious minds, to encourage exploration and imagination.

Help Us Build Our Discovery Garden

Our Discovery Garden design is from Nature Explore® a developer of outdoor classrooms, the same organization that created the children's outdoor area at Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.

The garden will cost $150,000 to build and will be open to all children, year-round admission free. We are asking families and businesses in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community to partner with us in building out Discovery Garden. This is something that will improve family in our community now and for generations to come.

Want to make a custom donation? Call or visit the museum during business hours (TU, FR, SA 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM)! 

Business Partnership - Bloom

Business Partnership - Bloom

Price – $10,000

  • Recognition on our Discovery Garden Giving Tree
  • Recognition on our Edwardsvile Children's Museum Donor Wall
  • Recognition in our Annual Report
  • Recognition on our website
  • 4 tickets to our Night at the Races event
  • 1 annual Corporate Membership to be shared and used by employees within your company ($750)
Business Partnership - Bud
Business Partnership - Leaf
Business Partnership - Branch
Family Partnership - Sprout
Family Partnership - Root
Family Partnership - Seed