Family Programs


AGE 3 - 5, TOGETHER WITH AN ADULT

Pea Pods for Preschoolers is a seasonal series of 10 weekly classes designed for 3-5 year old children together with an adult. Registration fees include all 10 sessions.


mother and young preschool child playing outside in the garden, photo Just2shutter/shutterstock  
 

Pea Pods for Preschoolers Summer Series 2022

Pea Pods for Preschoolers registration is for the seasonal series of 10 weekly sessions designed for 3-5 year old children together with an adult. Registration fees include all 10 sessions.

Select a series (Thursdays or Fridays)
Thursdays 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Jun 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18
Thursdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.: Jun 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18
Thursdays 10:00-11:30 a.m.: Jun 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18
Fridays 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Jun 17 & 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19
Fridays 9:30-11:00 a.m.: Jun 17 & 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19
Fridays 10:00-11:30 a.m.: Jun 17 & 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19

Age 3-5, together with an adult. Kindle a sense of wonder in the natural world with your preschool child as you reawaken it in yourself! Pea Pods for Preschoolers provides the opportunity for you and your special little one to be enchanted by the plant world. Each of ten weekly themes helps spark your child’s appreciation for nature’s beauty through planting, art, sensory and science, discovery zones, Green Play Yard adventures, and outdoor exploration. Come play and learn about nature!

  • June 16 or 17 Mr. McGregor’s Garden
  • June 23 or 24 Puddilicious
  • June 30 or July 1 Berries for Birds
  • July 7 or 8 Teeny Tiny World
  • July 14 or 15 Pea Pod Babies
  • July 21 or 22 Inch by Inch
  • July 28 or 29 Dance Like Plants
  • August 4 or 5 Cattails and dragonflies
  • August 11 or 12 Soggy, Boggy, Froggy
  • August 18 or 19 Friends in the Garden Party

Limited to 60 children + adult (20 at each start time), Learning Center

$125 member/$155 non-member, includes all ten sessions, Arboretum admission for one child and one adult, as well as all project and planting supplies. NOTE that the registration screen will only list the start date of June 16 or 17, but know that your registration is for the full 10-week series.

Register

Thursdays 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Jun 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18

   
Register Thursdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Jun 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18
   
Register Thursdays 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Jun 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18
   
Register Fridays 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Jun 17 & 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19
   
Register Fridays 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Jun 17 & 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19
   
Register Fridays 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Jun 17 & 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19

As we continue to adapt in 2022, here are a few things to note:

  • Adults should plan to attend with their child.
  • Siblings who participate should also be registered at the regular fee.
  • All sessions will be held primarily outdoors and will follow all current state and university guidelines for COVID-19 safety protocols (see below), which are subject to change. Please plan ahead for sun, bugs, or light rain. Indoor space will be available in case of inclement weather.
  • Staggered start times allow room to spread out in program spaces. Choose your time at registration: 9:00-10:30 a.m. or 9:30-11:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Snacks are not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • For late registrants, remaining class sessions may be available for purchase at a prorated price by calling 612-301-1210.




Covid-19 Protocols

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is committed to nurturing the health of the community and all who participate in our programming. We are continuously monitoring the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and are making decisions about our operations based on the latest guidelines from the University of Minnesota, CDC, MN Department of Health, and the American Camp Association.

We take the guidance from these organizations very seriously and our first priority is keeping everyone safe. We are eager and excited to welcome you in-person to the Arboretum for Summer 2022! As always, we are constantly adapting to best practices for keeping participants and staff healthy, safe, and engaged while together at the Arboretum.

Current guidelines dictate the implementation of the following procedures in our Family programs, however, we will keep up-to-date on any revisions to these health and wellness recommendations, and adjust our plans as needed throughout the summer:
  1. Group sizes will be limited with most of the program to take place outdoors. Extra caution will be taken during any inside activity to minimize close contact with others.
  2. In compliance with University guidelines, all staff and program participants must wear a face covering for all indoor activities. Masks should meet the CDC standards covering both the mouth and nose.
  3. Note: Due to the unpredictability of the virus, we reserve the right to cancel programs if needed, and will refund any prepaid program fees.
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Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
arbedu@umn.edu
612-301-1210*
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