Wednesdays, September 12 to November 14, 10-11:15 a.m.
Welcome fall with your preschooler at Adkins Arboretum! 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 caregivers and tots alike, the 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.
Fee: $75 members/$100 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:
Visit the Arboretum's goat herd, led by the lovely Rosie, and learn how goats are used to munch troublesome weeds. Children will make goat puppets, sample goat's milk cheese, and have their pictures taken with Rosie and her four-legged friends.
MILKWEED AND MONARCHS
Make a wish on a fluffy milkweed seed and learn about the beautiful monarch butterflies that lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. We'll look for milkweed pods in the meadow, make a butterfly craft, and enjoy butterfly books with our snack.
CRAZY FOR CATTAILS
The Arboretum's wetland is full of fuzzy cattails! Find out why the cattail is sometimes called "Nature's Grocery Store." We'll use nets to look for critters that live among the cattails, make painted cattail prints to take home, and eat crunchy "cattail" snacks.
ANTS IN YOUR PANTS
Join in a wiggly "Ants in Your Pants" dance and make a fingerprint ant craft. After learning some interesting ant trivia, we'll go on a bug hunt, examine insects with hand lenses, and munch "Ants on a Log" snacks.
FAIRIES IN THE FOREST
Get a sneak peek of preparations for the Arboretum's third annual Fairyfest! Toadstools, fairy houses, and gnome homes are popping up everywhere—bring your fairy wings or elf ears and join in the fun!
Come celebrate the beauty of fall as we gather colorful leaves on a woodland walk and enjoy a picnic snack under the trees. We'll learn why leaves change color, jump in a gigantic leaf pile, and make a lovely leaf craft to take home.
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
Children and their teddy bear friends are invited to a forest picnic! The morning will include a bear hunt along woodland paths (bears rarely wander the Eastern Shore, but it's still fun to look), bear songs, and a teddy bear craft.
Bats: terrifying vampires or cuddly Stellalunas? We'll learn the science behind the world's only flying mammal, experiment with echolocation, and try navigating the meadow bat-style. We'll also make batty Halloween decorations and celebrate with a holiday-themed snack and story.
NAPTIME FOR SKUNKS
Winter is just around the corner, and skunks and other animals are preparing for wintry weather. Learn how animals cope with cold, sing a "Don't Wake the Sleeping Skunk" song, and make a skunk puppet that can pop out of its den!
SCOUTS AND MAIDENS
Who were the first people to live on the Eastern Shore? Let's visit the wigwams at First Light Village to find out! We'll play a Native American corn game, collect sticks for a pretend campfire, and make clay bowls to take home.
**Classes are also offered on Tuesdays, September 11 to November 13. Click here to register for the Tuesday series.**