Adkins Arboretum will again offer its popular programs for three- to five-year-olds this fall. Classes are offered as a series of eight programs and are available in Monday or Tuesday sessions.
Pre-registration is required for preschool programs. The fee is $55 for members, $65 for the general public for all eight classes in the series. Classes run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a snack. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For further information or to register, call 410-634-2847, extension 0.
Gourds in the Garden
September 28 and 29
Fall may be here, but there’s still a lot to see in the Funshine Garden! Children will have a chance to duck into the Gourd Teepee, discover ripening cranberries and peel back ears of brightly colored Indian corn. A gourd craft will top off the morning.
October 5 and 6
Children will discover the magic of the forest as they walk along the Blockston Branch. They’ll make fairy houses among the trees and gnome homes back in the classroom. The lesson will end with enchanted stories and pixie punch.
October 12 and 13
Why do leaves change color in the fall? It’s time to find out! Children will examine leaves under a microscope, look for fall colors in the woods and make leaf splatter prints.
October 19 and 20
It’s pumpkin season! In this lesson, children will learn all about the amazing pumpkin plant, snack on pumpkin bars and gather acorns in the woods to use in a pumpkin craft. They’ll even wiggle and twist to the Pumpkin Polka!
October 26 and 27
Children will admire spider webs in the woods, learn what makes a spider special and create spider crafts to decorate the house for Halloween. Costumes optional!
The Wetland Prepares for Winter
November 2 and 3
Where have all the bullfrogs gone? With winter just around the corner, children will dig into the Arboretum’s wetland to make some surprising discoveries. Handmade binoculars will help them with their wetland explorations.
November 9 and 10
As temperatures drop, mouse friends make a run for shelter. Children will learn how field mice keep warm in cold weather, make mouse masks and look for mouse hideaways on a nature walk. After the walk, they’ll read animal stories and warm up with hot chocolate.
November 16 and 17
Thanksgiving is coming, and it’s time to celebrate with a lesson on Native American Three Sisters gardens. Children will make corn print placements for the holiday table, eat a popcorn snack and learn a jazzy “Swingin’ Squash” song and dance routine.
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.