The Green Bay Botanical Gardens is currently hosting the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit until September 26, 2021. This exhibit is vibrant, fun, and educational. You can even bring Grandma along on this adventure, and she will be sure to enjoy it as much as the kids!
Washed Ashore has traveled across the country, and we are so lucky to have this unique piece of art right in our backyard. Angela Haseltine Pozzi has carefully crafted these lively marine animals from plastic pollution pulled from the ocean with assistance from other artists.
We used the sculptures as a scavenger hunt through the gardens and used our map to navigate to our next destination. This worked well to guide our garden tour. We enjoyed identifying different trash items within the sculptures and saw (too) many flip flops, combs and brushes, sand toys, and water bottles. My sons especially enjoyed Chompers the Shark, and I found Flash the Blue Marlin fascinating. They also enjoyed the children’s area, providing a break to run around and burn off some energy. We spent about 1.5 hours at the garden — this was plenty of time to see all of the sculptures, enjoy the children’s area, and stroll through the many garden areas.
Favorite Spaces & Features
- Children’s Garden
- a sandbox
- koi pond
- large slide
- Washed Ashore Exhibit
- Each sculpture features an educational sign with facts about the animal, how plastic affects its environment, and a list of objects to find within the sculpture. See if you can find all eight!
- Stanley the Sturgeon (Premiering)
- Priscilla the Parrot Fish
- Flash the Blue Marlin
- Gertrude the Penguin
- Chompers the Shark
- Giacometti the River Otter
- Sea Jelly Bloom
- “American” Sea Star
- Indoor Children’s Area in the lower level of the Visitor Center and includes:
- a reading loft
- A nice area to take a bathroom break and cool off!
- Be sure to grab a map.
- Carry in – Carry out: Carry-ins are allowed but be sure to clean up after yourself.
- Stroller and wheelchair-friendly for most paths.
- Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available at the visitors’ center on a first come first serve basis.
- Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center (upper & lower levels) and near the Nielsen Children’s Garden.
- Face coverings are strongly recommended for guests who are not vaccinated in all Garden buildings.
- At this time, face coverings are not required outdoors unless you’re in a guided tour group or you choose to wear one.
- Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Garden
- Location Specific Precautions
- Address: 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI 54303
- Hours: Hours vary seasonally – Find Current Hours>
- Admission: Current Admission Rates
- Kids under 2: Free
- Garden Members: Free
- Parking: FREE, onsite parking is available
- Parking is a short walk from the visitor center
- Special Events/Free Days:
For more information, visit gbbg.org