Dozens of families flocked to the South Coast Botanic Garden this weekend to enjoy The Great Pumpkin Hunt, a scavenger hunt event that encouraged families to explore the lush gardens.

After being given a map with a list of hints, attendees were then free to wander the 87-acre garden to find clues at six birdhouses that would lead them to the hidden pumpkin garden.

“Its a great opportunity to get more people into the gardens that haven’t been before and see all the nature and beauty is has to offer,” Chief Development Officer Danielle Brown said. “And while they explore they might actually learn something through the clues.”

Through what Brown refers to as a stealth education system, each of the birdhouses contained facts about the environment and other topics like local marine life and the animals that frequent the garden which attendees must read in order to find the next clue.

After solving all the clues and making their way to the pumpkin patch, families gathered for picnics, photo opportunities, or just to take in all the scenery.

The attraction, which will appear through November, is free to members and with paid general admission. More information: or  (310) 544-1948.

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