The Tapia family facilitating the “Build a Gnome Home” station

“Pollinator Party” – “Hoot and H’Owl” – “Squirrel Mania” – these are just a few of the clever themes created by the South Coast Botanic Garden for its monthly Kids Club program. Once a month, families navigate through the beautiful 87-acre garden located in Palos Verdes and complete four “secret mission stations” that provide participants with a fun activity that teaches them about nature.

The Torrance Refining Company LLC sponsored two Kids Club events recently, and Refinery employee volunteers and their family members facilitated the “secret mission stations” as well as provided event support.

During the first event, entitled “Pollinator Party,” Kids Club adventurers put on their favorite flying costumes (including fairy wings, super hero capes, and more!), then embarked on a search for some of nature’s primary pollinators: bees, birds, butterflies, and bats.  They completed secret missions consisting of inventing ways to attract butterflies; building a bee motel; using their “bat senses;” and conducting their very own bird watch.

During the second event, entitled “Gnome Garden,” participants explored the world of garden gnomes, visiting four secret mission stations to hunt for things in nature that gnomes are known to protect, identify plants that gnomes like to enjoy, build a gnome village, and construct a “twiggy gnome” to take home.

Torrance Refinery Attorney Darren Stroud facilitating a “secret mission”

The South Coast Botanic Garden Kids Club is a family-fun, educational program, and Refinery volunteers had a great time supporting both events!

To learn more about the program, visit the garden’s website by clicking here.