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2012 EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN LDREN & FAMILIES www.arboretum.umn.edu/learn.aspx

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ARBORETUM EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

CONTENTS

CONTENTS SECTION CHILDREN’S GARDEN

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A summer-long growing adventure, seed to snack; kids dig in to plant and harvest their own garden plots

GREEN FUN FOR THE YOUNG

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Naturally playful time together for children ages 2-5 and their adult partner

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

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One-, two- and three-day camps with hands-on plants, science adventure, imagination, art and cooking for ages 5-14

WEEKEND FAMILY FUN

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Free drop-in activities for families every Saturday and Sunday: ongoing year-round with themes that change monthly

GUIDED ADVENTURES FOR KIDS

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One-hour summer programs for children’s groups visiting the Arboretum; for groups of 10-50 children ages 3-12

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. Grow. Restore. CHILDREN’S GARDEN The Children’s Garden is THE place for hands-on discovery, creativity, growing adventures, and nature fun. It’s a place where kids get to taste their accomplishments, use their imaginations, and build friendships while tending a kid-sized plot of flowers and vegetables throughout the summer. All participants are invited to an evening garden celebration on Wednesday, August 15, 6-8 p.m. Fee includes snack, project supplies, Children’s Garden t-shirt, and cookbook. MIGHTY MITES 1 (FOR ENTERING K-1ST GRADE GRADS) (971-05-05-12) Planting Saturdays: May 5 and 19 Summer Wednesdays: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8; 2-3:30 p.m. $130 member/$145 non-member, Limit 16, Marion Andrus Learning Center Mighty Mites will get our hands in the dirt this summer as we explore sprouting seeds, making mud, and catching bugs. Each Mite will work with a garden partner as we plant, weed, water, and investigate different weekly themes in the garden. Join us as we have hands-on garden fun this summer!

MIGHTY MITES 2 (FOR ENTERING K-1ST GRADE GRADS) (971-05-12-12) Planting Saturdays: May 12 and June 2 Summer Mondays: June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6; 9:30-11 a.m. (See description above.)

SEED SOWERS (FOR 1ST-4TH GRADE GRADS) (972-05-12-12) Planting Saturdays: May 12 and June 2 Summer Mondays: June 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6, 13; 1-3:30pm $170 member/$190 non-member, Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center Seed Sowers will plant seeds, tend sprouts, try hands-on science, and turn some of our produce into yummy garden fresh snacks in the Harvest Kitchen.

GARDEN CHEFS (FOR 3RD-8TH GRADE GRADS) (973-05-05-12) Planting Saturdays: May 5 and 19 Summer Wednesdays: June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15*; 9-11:30 *August 15 regular class 9-11:30 a.m. and Garden Celebration 6-8 p.m. $180 member/$200 non-member, Limit 22, Marion Andrus Learning Center Garden Chefs will plant and tend a perfect snacking garden. We will learn how to make the most out of herbs and veggies by eating produce fresh from the garden and preparing kid friendly snacks in the kitchen. Each week, we will make a different delicious, nutritious snack with garden ingredients.

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GREEN FUN FOR THE YOUNG PEA PODS FOR PRESCHOOLERS—WINTER 2012 Age: 3-5 years + Adult

975-02-07-12: Tuesdays 9:30-11 a.m. $100 child of member/$120 child of non-member. Limit 65 children, Marion Andrus Learning Center Take time in our frozen months to remember how dirt feels and plants smell and share these simple pleasures with your preschooler. Come play, discover and learn about our natural world. At your own pace, you and your child can explore our many stations, including story time, music, art, science discovery, outdoor/greenhouse adventures, planting sensory and snack. As winter turns to spring, we begin a new garden season. TUESDAYS February 7 February 14 February 21 February 28 March 6

Snowflake Blankets The Great Chocolate Experience Plant Part Patrol Naptime for Plants Pizza Plants

March 13 March 20 March 27 April 3 April 10

Working Together Shamrocks and Potatoes Spring to Action Tap, Tap, Tap That Sap Bursting Bulbs

PEA PODS FOR PRESCHOOLERS—SUMMER 2012 Age: 3-5 years + Adult 975-06-06-12-01 Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m. $100 child of member/$120 child of non-

member. Limit 65 children, Marion Andrus Learning Center 975-06-06-12-02 Wednesdays, Noon-1:30 p.m. $100 child of member/$120 child of non-

member. Limit 65 children, Marion Andrus Learning Center. Get your special preschooler started on a healthy relationship with the natural world by sharing in a fun-filled summer outside and in the garden. Come play, discover and learn at the Marion Andrus Learning Center. At your own pace, you and your child can explore our many stations designed with the early learner in mind, including: story time, music, art, science discovery, outdoor/greenhouse adventures, planting, sensory and snack. WEDNESDAYS June 6 June 13 June 20 June 27 July 11

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Inch By Inch Teeny, Tiny World Soggy, Boggy, Froggy Pea Pod Babies Cattails and Dragonflies

July 18 July 25 August 1 August 8 August 15

Puddlicious Dance Like Plants Berries for Birds Herbal Nose Poppers “Friends in the Garden” Party

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TWO’S AND THREE’S OUT TO PLAY! Age: 2-3 + Adult 968-07-12-12 Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. $60 child of members/$70 child of non-member, limit 24 children, Marion Andrus Learning Center. FOUR’S AND FIVE’S OUT TO PLAY! Age: 4-5 + Adult 969-07-12-12 Thursdays, noon-1:30 p.m. $60 child of member/$70 child of nonmember, limit 24 children, Marion Andrus Learning Center. Free play in nature helps produce healthier children–physically, mentally and emotionally. The Arboretum’s new Green Play Yard–natural play enviroment for early childhood, is ready to be explored! The age appropriate play zones offer a mix of active and quiet spaces, rich in sensory appeal, and certain to inspire discovery and creative play. The Green Play Yard and other engaging areas of the Arboretum offer us the opportunity to explore a different aspect of outdoor play each week. You and your little one will be provided age appropriate activities and ideas to get you started, and time to discover wonders of the natural world at your own pace. Head home refreshed with a tool bag of ideas for at home natural play. Be the connection to nature with your child–come out and play!

July 12 July 19 July 26

Plant Parts on Parade Let’s Dig Fort Fantasy

August 2 August 9 August16

Whoosh, Run, Splash! Critters Crawl Under, Over, Around and Through

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SUMMER DAY CAMPS Summer Day Camps Are Bringing Plants To Life. . .

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IN THE KITCHEN: Make fresh-from-the-garden into totally delicious! Hands-on time with a chef to build skills and a love of cooking. Develop adventurous taste buds! Experiment with avor and texture like a true chef or food scientist. New! An in-depth look at Chocolate. From cooking and tasting to the science and history of a plant that changed the world. Options for both families and kids-only.

IN THE DIRT: Chances to get dirty and play in the mud. (And then get washed clean before going home!) Kids get a big dose of Vitamin N (for Nature) while they squish, squash, plop and glop in our dirt, mud and sand play areas. All part of our Dirt-O-Rama summer!

IN THE GARDENS: Hike, explore, imagine, and discover. Bring science concepts to life by catching tadpoles, pollinating owers, and more! Use the sun to tell the time and water to study gravity. Find tiny fairy hiding spots or get lost in the giant maze. Use your muscles and senses to appreciate this incredible world!

THROUGH ART: Learn to SEE the natural world, both from a distance and close-up. Practice using pencils, paints, clay, cameras, wood, and bits of nature to share your creative vision. Have FUN while nurturing life-long healthy stress-relief skills.

We offer one and three day camp options for children aged 5-14. The full summer schedule can be found online at www.arboretum. umn.edu/daycamps.aspx

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. Grow. Restore. WEEKEND FAMILY FUN Connect with each other and the natural world as your family enjoys hands-on fun with plants. FREE, every Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. at the Marion Andrus Learning Center. Catch the rhythm of the seasons, with a different theme and activities every month.

grow well in Minnesota. Season a spud snack in the Harvest Kitchen and learn some kid-friendly potato recipes. Make your own potato prints and pot a plant to grow at home. KNOT IN THE KITCHEN: PRETZELS! - APRIL Turn that crank, twist that dough-into the oven and out for a flavor-filled homemade snack! While your pretzel is baking, find out about Minnesota’s grain growing and milling history. Take a close look at grains and discover the differences in the grains we use to bake everything from cakes to hearty wholewheat bread.

PREHISTORIC PLANTS - JANUARY Create your own fern print on cotton cloth, hunt for prehistoric plants in the greenhouse, and plant a prehistoric plant to take home with you.

SUNFLOWER SMASH - MAY Sunflowers! Butter, bread, cooking oil, livestock feed, biodiesel, and birdseed have all been made from these beautiful sunny flowers. Try your hand at pounding toasted sunflower seeds into a CHOCOLATE - FEBRUARY delicious sunbutter treat. Can you grow a record Rich, dark and good for you too! Visit the Harvest size sunflower? Find out how to grow ’em big and Kitchen to join the taste panel and compare the select some seeds to plant. flavor of chocolate samples from 100% cacao bean to milk chocolate. Take a close look at the cacao DYNAMIC DIRT - JUNE tree and pot up a tropical plant to grow at home. Dig some dirt, mix up mud, and decorate mud pies in our mud kitchen. Become a dirt detective SPUDS AND BUDS - MARCH and use a microscope to see up close what soil is Celebrate the world’s most popular vegetable. made of. Meet the decomposers that help create Purple, brown, yellow, blue, red, white and pink, great garden soil and plant an experiment to potatoes are very diverse! Find out which ones discover the best soils for growing garden plants.

GUIDED ADVENTURES Guided Adventures are perfect for daycare, scout, summer school or neighborhood groups wanting extra hands-on fun during an Arboretum visit. Each Guided Adventure lasts one hour, and can accommodate groups of 10-50 children. There are two program themes to choose from, one for ages 3-5 and the other for ages 6-12. Complete details are available online at www.arboretum.umn.edu/fieldtrips.aspx. Available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, June 11 – August 14, at 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-Noon, or 1-2 p.m. $5 / child. Call 952-443-1422 to register. WWW.ARBORETUM.UMN.EDU/LEARN.ASPX OR CALL 952-443-1422 Learn 2012 Bklt v4K.indd 7

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