Wonder Connection

Wonder Connection is a donor-funded program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden that serves hospitalized children at UNC Hospitals.


Our mission is to engage hospitalized children with the wonders of science through meaningful learning experiences and to promote healing and hope through positive connections with nature.

Population Served: Wonder Connection serves pediatric patients on location at UNC Children’s Hospital as well as pediatric outpatients and their families at the NC Botanical Garden. Wonder Connection’s science activities and classes empower pediatric patients with knowledge, provide patients with joy and act as an inspiration for their futures.

See videos from this program here.

Wonder Connection serves pediatric patients ages 5 to 18 years old (grades K-12) and their families. Diagnoses include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, cancer, burns and traumatic brain injuries. This unique target audience finds themselves inundated with medical science and technology on a daily basis and this program provides patients with the choice to conduct their own scientific experiments and to participate in fun, hands-on activities.

Please visit our website to learn more about the program’s history, evaluation data, programs, and volunteering:

Wonder Connection is funded solely by grants and donors. To Donate: click here

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It gets my child to focus on other things and learn at the same time. I believe it is a wonderful program. Very informative, fun, and entertaining. Excellent distraction from boredom and pain. —parent

Updated on June 20, 2016 at 07:37:22 am.