January 3, 2013
From woodland walks to meadow adventures, introduce your preschooler to the wonders of the natural world. This winter, Adkins Arboretum will again offer its popular programs for three- to five-year-olds.
Advance registration is required for preschool programs. The fee is $50 for members, $65 for the general public for all six classes in the series. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a healthy snack. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. For further information or to register, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.
Brrr—it’s icicle time! Find out how icicles form, and look for icicles on a wintry walk. Children will create a sparkly icicle craft and munch on icicle treats while listening to winter stories.
Bring on the red for this cozy cardinal class! After an entertaining (and educational) puppet show featuring Katie the Cardinal, children will look for cardinals on a meadow walk and make valentine treats for the birds.
Warm in the Cold
When the cold winds blow, where do the animals go? Learn about ways animals keep warm in wintry weather and search the forest for signs of winter critters, then return to the classroom for hot chocolate and animal stories.
Twigs and Bark
Bare winter branches provide the perfect opportunity to explore twigs and bark. Children will sort twigs by color and feel, make bark rubbings, and create twig art along the Arboretum’s woodland paths.
In Like a Lion
Welcome the month of March with a lesson on wind! Where does wind come from? How can we “see” the wind? Activities will include a wind experiment, kite flying in the meadow, and windy poems.
Worms are a gardener’s best friend! Children will head to the Funshine Garden to dig up wiggly wildlife and prepare the beds for spring planting. A “Wiggle and Waggle” song, worm race, and garden craft will round out the morning.
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, it will build the W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Adkins Arboretum and a “green” 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.
Adkins Arboretum Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton leads preschoolers on a woodland adventure during one of the Arboretum’s nature preschool programs. The winter preschool series begins Tues., Feb. 5.