The Ithica Children's Garden, located in Ithica, New York, was founded in 1997. It covers three acres and features an assortment of gardens. One of the most notable attractions, is a 30 foot by 60 foot snapping turtle named Gaia (from mythology, Gaia is Mother Earth). On its back is a lunar calendar.
Other features include a Strawbale Troll House, Wetlands, an edible garden where kids can harvest their own fruits and vegetables (like strawberries and asparagus), a Sod Salamander (and other sod sculptures), a meadow with lovely flowering perennials, a labryrinth, a bird habitat, and a large pinoak tree, affectionately called the "reading tree."The gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.