Summer Weekly Children's Garden 2018
Ages 5 - 13

 

The Children's Garden is THE place where kids can grow and learn with hands-on discovery all summer long! Week by week we will explore the changes and surprises taking place as the gardens we plant together come to life. We will build skill sets that allow us to observe and interact with the changes in the garden as we grow communities of plants and people. We integrate all of our learning opportunities while tending to our kid-sized plots of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Do not forget the always new and exciting experiences in the classroom and kitchen as well! Sign up with a friend or make a new friend. All Children’s Garden participants and families are invited to the 
Children’s Garden Harvest Celebration on Thursday, August 16 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.!


watch the garden progression from planting day to harvest!

 

Children's Garden: Mighty Mites for 5 - 7 year olds
select a series 
Monday Series, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
(971-05-05-18)
Planting Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: May 5 & June 2
Summer Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13

OR

Wednesday Series, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (971-05-06-18)
Planting Sundays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: May 6 & June 3
Summer Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15

An amazing introductory experience with a focus on fun! Mighty Mites is the perfect place to start growing a love of gardening. Throughout the summer we will tend our gardens from spring seed to autumn blossoms. While building a foundation of garden knowledge and know-how, Mighty Mites will learn the value of teamwork while having the opportunity to investigate and explore with one another as the gardens take on a life of their own. From snails and sowbugs to snakes and song birds, Mighty Mites is the place where your child can enjoy the fruits of their labor with friends and families in the garden, the classroom, and the harvest kitchen.

NOTE: Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend the Saturday/Sunday Planting Sessions with their child.

Limit 18, Learning Center

register

1 spot left
Monday Series, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Planting Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: May 5 & June 2
Summer Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13

$175 member/$200 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission, planting and project supplies, weekly snack and recipe, fresh produce from the garden, Children's Garden t-shirt and Children's Garden Harvest Celebration.


register

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist or register for the Monday series, above
Wednesday Series, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m

Planting Sundays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: May 6 & June 3
Summer Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 

$175 member/$200 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, planting and project supplies, weekly snack and recipe, fresh produce from the garden, Children's Garden t-shirt and Children's Garden Harvest Celebration.


 Seed Sowers
Children's Garden: Seed Sowers for 7 - 10 year olds (972-05-05-18)
Planting Saturdays 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: May 5 & June 2
Summer Mondays 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13


Seed Sowers is the place for exploration and investigation! Whether new to the Children's Garden program or rising up in the ranks, the excitement of learning and building new skills as a Seed Sower is not one to miss! The garden provides the perfect living laboratory to examine plant science up close. Foundational concepts such as seed sprouting, photosynthesis, insects, and pollination are looked at through a creative lens. Turning microscopes into kaleidoscopes, Seed Sowers will explore a wide range of hands-on adventures in the garden and harvest kitchen. What amazing discoveries will we make this year? Join the Seed Sowers to find out!

NOTE: Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend the Saturday Planting Sessions with their child.

Limit 24, Learning Center

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist $215 member/$250 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, planting and project supplies, weekly snack and recipe, fresh produce from the garden, Children's Garden t-shirt, and Children's Garden Harvest Celebration.

 garden chefs Children's Garden: Garden Chefs for 10 - 13 year olds (973-05-06-18)

Planting Sundays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: May 6 & June 3
Summer Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15


Garden-based learning taken to the next level! Whether new to the Children's Garden program or having made it to the top, Garden Chefs guide and create learning opportunities according to their own interests and intuition. Whether through science experiments in the classroom or kitchen, Garden Chefs use their skills and abilities to generate delicious meals and nutritious produce that they can share with one another and their families. Growing their own plants while growing with one another in a unique and fun learning environment, this is the place where summer comes alive. The ultimate garden-to-table experience awaits!

Limit 22, Learning Center

register 

$215 member/$250 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, planting and project supplies, weekly snack and recipe, fresh produce from the garden, Children's Garden t-shirt and Children's Garden Harvest Celebration.

 

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Summer Youth Program FAQs

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Adult Classes Catalog Spring/Summer 2018

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Kids Programs Summer 2018

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Arboretum Education Office Hours
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          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
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Call Arboretum Education at
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Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.


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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
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

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
          Gardening - General
          Edible Garden Year
          Landscaping & Design
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting         
          Fungi & Mushrooms
         
Trees
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Master Gardener Regional Conference
Pollinators
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting
          Beekeeping
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
          Drawing
          Painting
          Sculpting & Sculpture
          Crafts
          Jewelry & Wearable Art
          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts
          Botanical/Floral Design
         
Willow Furniture
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
          Photography
Food & Wine Classes
          Dine with a Chef
          Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
          Wine
          Herbs
Health & Home

          Natural Soap & Beauty
          Healthy Living
          Herbs
          
Shinrin-yoku
          Book Club
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Willow Furniture
Nature Appreciation
          Birds
          Trees

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


 

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