Preschool classes are suspended indefinitely.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.