For children ages 3–5. Fridays, April 9–May 28,
Our popular Acorn Academy Nature Preschool is back this spring with a few changes! Join us for weekly, all-outdoor classes featuring mini-lessons, crafts, songs, guided nature walks, and lots of outdoor exploration. Classes will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. in our education pavilion; allow about ten minutes to get there from the parking lot.
Space is limited to 10 students. Advance registration is required; early registration is highly recommended. All children and their grown-ups must wear masks and practice social distancing.
Fee: $80 members/$95 non-members. A $10 sibling discount is available.
The series includes:
Help crack the mystery of the incredible egg! How are eggs formed? How do they hatch? Which animals lay eggs? Young nature detectives will conduct an egg-periment, peek inside our bluebird boxes, and make a baby bird craft.
What has eyes but can't see? A potato, of course! Let's learn about the amazing spud, plant a potato bin in the Funshine Garden, and sing the Mashed Potato Anthem. We'll also use potato stamps to make fun artwork.
Did you know that Astrodon is Maryland's state dinosaur? Travel back in time as we learn about the dinosaurs of North America. On a nature walk, we'll look for plants that grew during the age of the dinosaurs and investigate a trail of mysterious footprints along the way.
Celebrate Arbor Day at the Arboretum! We'll learn how the parts of a tree work together to help the tree grow, then walk to the Arboretum's oldest tree for a group hug. A blossoming tree craft will make the perfect gift for Mother's Day.
Welcome to the wiggly world of worms! Did you know that worms are a gardener's best friend? Enjoy a walk to Emily's Play Garden, where we will dig for worms in the soil. We'll also sing a "Wiggle and Waggle" song and plant seeds!
Do you see pictures in the clouds? We'll learn to name the clouds, take a cloud walk along the Arboretum's meadow paths, and make fluffy cotton clouds to take home. A fun cloud song and rainy-day symphony will round out the morning.
No need to feel stuck in a bog! Spring is in full swing, and so are the Arboretum peepers! We'll stomp our feet to the "Pollywog Wiggle," make a frog craft, and use nets to scoop up tadpoles and other critters in the wetland.
Let's take a walk to a sparkling stream and see what animals live there! If the weather's warm enough, we'll dip our toes in the water and race twigs under the bridge.