Acorn Academy Nature Preschool: 2020 Winter/Spring Session (Thursday class)

This field is required.
This field is required.

This series of 10 classes meets Thursdays, February 27 to April 30, 2020  10–11:15 a.m. 

**Classes are also offered on Wednesdays, February 26 to April 29.
Click here to register for the Wednesday series.**

Welcome 2020 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: $100 members/$125 non-members. A $10 sibling discount is available. Thanks to a generous grant by the PNC Foundation, fees are waived for Caroline County residents. Advance registration is required for all participants.

The series includes:

JOURNEY OF A SNOWFLAKE
February 27
Let's pretend we're snowflakes journeying through the winter sky! We'll make a glittery snowflake craft, look for Jack Frost in the forest, and warm up with hot chocolate and the beloved children's book A Snowy Day.

MITTEN MICE
March 5
Do you have a mouse in your mitten? We'll read Jan Brett's classic children's story The Mitten and sing a song about Mimi Mouse. In the forest, we'll look for signs of animals and find out how they keep warm when mittens aren't an option.

FOX TROT
March 12
Where do foxes go when the cold wind blows? 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 19
It's time to start thinking about your summer garden! Learn how seeds grow, dissect seeds, and plant flowers in a nifty egg carton tray. Then visit the Arboretum greenhouse and enjoy a picnic snack. 

BUNNY HOP
March 26
Spring is here, and so are the rabbits! Have a thumpin' good time exploring the world of the bouncy cottontail. We'll dance the Bunny Hop, munch on rabbit snacks, and meet our friend Hoppity Rabbit. 


WHICH NEST IS BEST?
April 2

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.

POLLYWOG ADVENTURE
April 9
No need to feel stuck in a bog—it's peeper time at the Arboretum! 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.

GARDEN OF GIANTS
 April 16
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 to the Arboretum's goats.

SPRING BEAUTIES
April 23
April showers bring May flowers...along the Arboretum's woodland paths! We'll look for Virginia bluebells, lady slippers, and spring beauties in the forest, stopping to play at First Light Village. A crunchy tissue paper flower craft will be perfect for Mother's Day.


WIGGLING WORMS
April 30
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 peek into a composting "worm hotel" and dig for worms in the soil. We'll also sing a "Wiggle and Waggle" song and snack on garden veggies.