Acorn Academy Nature Preschool—Spring 2022

Tuesdays, March 22–May 10, 2022
10–11:15 a.m. For children ages 3–5.

Fee: $100 members/$125 non-members for 8-week series. $10 sibling discount. Thanks to a generous grant from the PNC Foundation, the fee is waived for Caroline County residents.

Foxes, flowers, and bunnies—oh, my!
Welcome spring with your preschooler at Adkins Arboretum. 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. 

Space is limited. Advance registration is required; early registration is highly recommended.

Sessions include:

Fox Trot—
March 22
Where do foxes go when the March winds blow? In their cozy dens, of course! Follow a winding trail to an Arboretum fox den, sing and dance to the “Fox Trot,” and make pop-up fox finger puppets during this fun-filled class.

Seed Starters—March 29
It’s time to start thinking about your summer garden! Learn how seeds grow, dissect seeds, and plant flowers in a recycled egg carton tray. Then visit Emily’s Play Garden to scatter hardy radish seeds in the vegetable bed.

Which Nest Is Best?—April 5
The birds are busy building nests for their babies! Take a peek inside the Arboretum’s bluebird houses, hold a nest in your hands, and learn about the different ways birds build their homes. We’ll sample a bird’s nest snack and try building our own nests with mud and twigs.

Bunny Hop—April 12
Spring is here, and so are the rabbits! Have a thumpin’ good time exploring the meadow in search of bouncy cottontails. We’ll dance the Bunny Hop, munch on rabbit snacks, and meet our friend Hoppity Rabbit.

Teddy Bear Picnic—April 19
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 to the Eastern Shore, but it’s still fun to look), bear songs, and a teddy bear craft. We’ll also compare our tracks to those of a black bear and find out where bears do live.

Spring Beauties—April 26
April showers bring May flowers…along the Arboretum’s woodland paths! We’ll look for Virginia bluebells, ladyslippers, and spring beauties in the forest, stopping to play at First Light Village. A crinkly tissue paper flower craft will be perfect for Mother’s Day. 

Garden of Giants—May 3
Let’s make some garden magic and grow a giant beanstalk! We’ll learn about plant parts and enjoy a healthy picnic snack at Emily’s Play Garden, with a stop at the goat enclosure to say hello. We’ll also see if our radishes are ready to eat!

Wetland Wonders—May 10
The wetland is wild…and wonderful! Find out which creatures make their home in the wetland by using nets to scoop up tadpoles and other critters. After our aquatic adventures, we’ll play with “froggy goo” and eat a jiggly wetland snack.