Summer Weekly Children's Garden 2017
Ages 5 - 13

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Programs for Summer 2018 will be announced and open for registration in January 2018.
Many summer kids programs sell out within days of announcement!

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2017 Summer Programs

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 celebrate the bees and butterflies, investigate the soil, and taste-test from the garden. We will dig for earthworms, search for sow bugs, tend our plants, and make delicious snacks fresh from the bounty of our harvest. Pairs of gardeners will tend kid-sized plots of vegetables and flowers throughout the summer. Sign up with a friend or make a new friend. All Children's Garden participants and their families are invited to the Children's Garden Harvest Celebration on Thursday, August 17 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.!


Mighty Mites Mighty Mites for 5 - 7 year olds

MONDAY Series (971-05-13-17)
Planting Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: May 13 & June 3
Summer Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14

OR
WEDNESDAY Series (971-05-20-17)
Planting Saturdays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: May 20 & June 10
Summer Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16


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 dig, plant, weed, water, harvest, investigate, taste-test, explore, participate in scientific discovery, learn the value of teamwork, and marvel at what we create! Join us as we grow a garden full of vegetables and flowers, then take our harvest to the kitchen to create delicious snacks. Each week, we will receive new and great rewards from our gardens. NOTE: Dig in! Parents/adults are encouraged (but not required!) to attend the Saturday Planting Sessions with their child.
Limit 16, Learning Center

register sold out
Monday Series, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (971-05-13-17)
$170 member/$185 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
Wednesday Series, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (971-05-20-17)

$170 member/$185 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

 

 

Seed Sowers for 7 - 10 year olds (972-05-13-17)
Planting Saturdays 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: May 13 & June 3
Summer Mondays 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14


Dig in and get ready for a summer of growing adventures! This summer's crop of Seed Sowers will be busy tending our living garden laboratory, investigating plant science and making garden-fresh snacks. From seed sprouting, photosynthesis, and pollination to mixing, measuring and baking, the Arboretum will provide a hands-on adventure in the garden and kitchen. What amazing discoveries will we make? Join Seed Sowers to find out! NOTE: Dig in! Parents/adults are encouraged (but not required!) to attend the Saturday Planting Sessions with their child.
Limit 22, Learning Center

Register

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist!
$200 member/$215 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

Garden Chefs for 10 - 13 year olds (973-05-20-17)
Planting Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: May 20 & June 10,
Summer Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16


Cook up some fun this summer as we create the perfect kitchen garden, both beautiful and bountiful! In pairs, plant and tend your own garden plots, discover and explore, and transform your well-earned harvest into delicious, healthy snacks in the kitchen. Bring home bags of extra harvest each week, then test out your new garden-to-table skills with your family and friends...they'll be impressed, delighted and amazed!
Limit 22, Learning Center

Register $200 member/$215 non-member includes Arboretum admission, planting and project supplies, weekly snack and recipe, fresh produce from the garden, Children's Garden t-shirt and and Children's Garden Harvest Celebration.
 


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email:
 ArbEdu@umn.edu
Review the FAQ page!

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.


Camps and Summer Childrens Garden require acknowledgement that parent/guardian has read and understands the Participant Agreement and Complete Waiver and Release Form. 

Click here to download PDF form for Summer Childrens Garden

Click here to download PDF form for Childrens Summer Camps


NOW OFFERING
Teenage Counselor-in-Training Program!

for Ages 12-15
2017 Job Description 

Step One : Fill out an application and send it as an attachment to arbedu@umn.edu. One of our Children's Educators will then call you to set up an interview date/time.

Step Two: Successful applicants will be notified, pay fee,* and be able to select desired summer programs to assist.

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           PlantMaker Studio
          Garden Fun Stops
          Nature Play for Wee Ones
          Tram Tours & Docent-Guided Walks
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Programs
          Ages 3-5 with adult
          Ages 7-12 with adult
Summer Youth Programs
          Registration Opens Jan 2018!        

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
          Gardening - General
          Edible Garden Year
          Landscaping & Design
          Science of Plant Propagation
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting         
          Pruning Essentials
          Floral Design
Pollinators
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting
          Beekeeping
          Pollinator Summit 2017
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
          Drawing
          Painting
          Sculpting & Sculpture
          Crafts
          Jewelry & Wearable Art
          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts & Embroidery
          Floral Design
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
          Photography
          Digital Editing & Organization
Food & Wine Classes
          Dine with a Chef
          Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
          Wine: Making, Tasting & Appreciation
Healthy Living through Nature
          Healthy Living
Nature Appreciation
          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
          NBT Classes, Programs, Events
Book Club
          Book Club

 



To Register for Class
To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. 

Member Perk!
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.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email:
ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

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