Together Time
Family & Intergenerational Programs (Youth + Adult)

AGE 7-12 WITH AN ADULT
Are you looking for a way to spend quality one-on-one time with a child in your life? Share a unique intergenerational learning experience at the Arboretum! Specially designed for adults together with children aged 7 to 12, these programs cover a range of topics and activities that will be a fun learning experience for everyone. Price is per project: each adult can bring 1 or 2 children.

 

Let's Grow Sunflowers Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-06-09-18)
Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, together with an adult
Sunflowers can be big, small, yellow, bronze, and tasty- let's explore them together! Start by getting a closer look at these flowers with microscopes, and learn about sunflower diversity and heliotropism- how sunflowers grow to face the sun! You will get to plant your favorite kind of sunflower to grow at home. You'll also spend time making sunflower snacks for backyard creatures, and sunflower snacks for you! Each adult+child pair of participants will leave with planted sunflowers, a sunflower snack for backyard creatures, and information to keep exploring sunflowers at home.
Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.

 

Let's Help Butterflies Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, together with an adult
Butterflies are beautiful and important to our ecosystem, but often struggle due to lack of habitat- how can we help them? You and your child will learn what plants and flowers are important for Minnesota butterflies, and get an amazing up-close look with microscopes. Pot up plants to help caterpillars and butterflies in your backyard, and meet some caterpillars! You'll finish up by searching for butterflies in the Children's Garden, and making a butterfly feeder to hang in your garden. Each adult+child pair of participants will leave with a potted plant, butterfly feeder, and helpful tips to help these insects at home!
Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

register  $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


 
photo: ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Let's Cook Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-08-04-18)
Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, together with an adult
The best way to "grow" a child's appetite for vegetables is to involve them in the garden-to-table process! In the midst of the growing season, spend some time in the kitchen discovering how wheat grows and making delicious veggie pizzas. You and your child will begin with planting wheat to take home and grow, then try your hand at grinding wheat into flour. Make your own pizza dough, and add fresh healthy veggie toppings. While the pizza bakes, you will have a chance to investigate herbs and make a seed art picture with grains. Each adult+child pair of participants will leave with a belly full of delicious pizza, leftovers (if there are any!), wheat to grow, and a seed art picture.
Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


 
photo: Steven Depolo/Flikr

Let's Build Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-09-15-18)
Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, together with an adult
Trees are important building blocks for humans as well as many animals. Spend some time together building with tree parts and learning fascinating new facts about these important plants! Start by building miniature "gnome homes" and creating creatures from pinecones. Make a tiny table complete with an acorn tea set. Taking a building break, play a plant parts matching game and spend some microscope time zooming in on tree seeds, leaves, bark and wood. Each participant pair will leave with a gnome home, pinecone creature, tiny table and acorn tea set, and a greater appreciation for trees.
Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

register  $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


 

Let's Harvest Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime

207-10-13-18
For ages 5-12 with an adult
Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
OR
Saturday, October 13, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Autumn color arrives at the arboretum along with over 200 varieties of colorful pumpkins, squash, and gourds. Together you and your child will discover fun ways to use squash and pumpkins. First spend time in the kitchen baking up nourishing squash muffins and flavorful pumpkin seeds. While the snacks bake, Ariel will show you how to decorate a whimsical pumpkinhead with eyes, ears, and mouth made from garden fresh veggies, flowers, and fruit. You and your child will leave with pumpkinheads to display at home, flavorful roasted pumpkin seeds, and squash muffins to enjoy together.

Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios  Marion Andrus Learning Center


Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

$50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.

Saturday, October 13, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

$50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


 

Let's Bake Holiday Treats Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime


207-12-08-18
For ages 5-12 with an adult
Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
OR
Saturday, December 8, 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Zan Tomko, Arboretum Education Staff

Sugar, spice and everything nice... come from plants! Join Zan to learn more about the amazing plants that give us our favorite winter holiday cookie flavors. You and your child will roll out, decorate, and bake spiced cookies together, and make an aromatic pomander ball from citrus and cloves. Then discover spice plants (and herbs!) up close and personal through exploration in the greenhouse and with microscopes. Finally, you will plant a ginger rhizome to take home and grow. You and your child will leave with cookies to share at home, a pomander ball, a ginger plant, and a greater appreciation for the plants that give us our favorite winter cookies.

Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios  Marion Andrus Learning Center

Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

$50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.

Saturday, December 8, 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

$50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


 

Let's Plant Terrariums Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime


207-01-12-19
For ages 5-12 with an adult
Saturday, January 12, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Beat the winter blues with a fun tropical play date with your child. Terrariums are enclosed glass containers that provide just the right ecosystem for humidity-loving tropical plants, and just the right miniature landscape for imaginations! Ariel will guide you through designing, landscaping and planting a terrarium with tiny tropical plants. While you plant, you will also learn about the important role rainforests and tropical areas play on our planet. Finish up with an exploration of the big tropical plants in the greenhouse. You'll leave with a terrarium each, and a fascination with these exotic plants.

Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios  Marion Andrus Learning Center

$50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


 

 


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Program Quick Links

FREE & LOW COST
          PlantMaker Studio
          NaturePlay for Wee Ones begins June 2018
         
Garden Fun Stops begins June 2018
         
1-Hour Tram begins April 28, 2018
          Guided Walking Tours
begins May 3, 2018
         
StoryTime
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YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Programs
          Ages 0-5 with adult
          Ages 3-5 with adult
          Ages 7-12 with adult
Summer Youth Programs
          Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
          Ages 5-7 Day Camps
          Ages 7-11 Day Camps
          Ages 7-11 Day Camps *Fridays*
          Ages 5-10 Groups/Summer Field Trips
          Ages 12-15 Counselor-In-Training    

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
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          Edible Garden Year
          Landscaping & Design
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting         
          Fungi & Mushrooms
         
Trees
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Master Gardener Regional Conference
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          Beekeeping
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          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts
          Botanical/Floral Design
         
Willow Furniture
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
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Food & Wine Classes
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Shinrin-yoku
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Nature Appreciation
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          Trees

          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          1-Hour Tram
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
          Animal-Assisted Interventions Trainings
          
Shinrin-yoku


 

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