Tuesdays, September 19 to November 21, 10-11:15 a.m.
Celebrate fall with your preschooler at Adkins Arboretum's Acorn Academy! This series of ten classes is open to children ages 3 to 5. Classes include nature walks, stories, songs, snacks, and an art project to take home. An instant play group for moms and tots alike, the Arboretum's nature preschool helps children learn socialization skills while they explore the wonders of the great outdoors. Nature ABCs, 123s, and nursery rhymes are part of the fun. All programs meet from 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Fee: $65 members/$80 non-members. A $10 sibling discount is available. Thanks to a generous grant by the PNC Foundation, classes are free for Caroline County residents. Advance registration is required for all participants.
The series includes:
Meet the amazing Baltimore Checkerspot, Maryland's state butterfly! We'll look for the Checkerspot and other butterflies on a meadow walk, use nets to catch paper butterflies, and paint bowtie pasta to make a pretty butterfly craft.
As cooler weather approaches, frogs and other wetland animals are preparing for a long winter nap. We'll use nets to see who's still awake in the wetland, then sing a wetland lullabye to help them go to sleep.
In a traditonal Native American "Three Sisters" garden, corn, beans, ad squash thrive together just like real sisters! We'll visit a "Three Sisters" garden, stopping along the way to feed the Arboretum's goat herd. We'll also dance with gourd shakers and enjoy a picnic snack in the garden.
Get a sneak peek at forest preparations for the Arboretum's second annual Fairyfest! We'll search for fairy houses along the woodland paths, use leaves and seeds to decorate clothespin fairies, and build tree ring castles in the Elven Village.
THE TOWERING TULIP POPLAR
Why is the tulip poplar the tree of the Arboretum? We'll find out on a walk through the forest, where fall colors are at their peak. Along the way, we'll gather sweetgum balls and tulip poplar leaves to make a kitten craft and jump in a gigantic leaf pile.
It's pumpkin season! We'll get the scoop on pumpkins, visit the Arboretum's Funshine Garden, and make pumpkin shakers. Then we'll wiggle and twist to the Pumpkin Polka!
Spiders aren't really spooky...they're spectacular! From their shimmering silk webs to their enchanting spiderlings, these arachnids don't deserve their bad rap. We'll look for spider webs along the bridge, craft glittery spider webs for Halloween, and learn why the spider meant good fortune in ancient China.
SEEDS ON THE MOVE
It's true: seeds move! Find out how and why as we make wishes on feathery milkweed seeds, float gumballs down the Blockston Branch, hunt for amazing popping jewelweed seeds, and play a game with hickory nuts.
HONK! HONK! MAKE WAY FOR GEESE
It's that time of year again: the geese are heading south! We'll learn the secrets of these amazing feathered friends and look for birds of all types on an Arboretum nature walk. Mother Goose rhymes and a handprint goose craft will add to the fun.
Can you believe that the early settlers ate corn 365 days a year? We'll make corn shakers in the classroom, then try our hand at grinding corn near the First Light Village wigwams. We'll also eat a popcorn snack while reading Thanksgiving stories.