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Adkins Arboretum Announces Fall Preschool Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - SEPTEMBER 9, 2010)

Adkins Arboretum will again offer its popular programs for three- to five-year-olds this fall. Classes are offered as a series of eight programs and are available in either Tuesday or Friday sessions.

http://adkinsarboretumorg.presencehost.net/programs_events/event_calendar.html?req=calendar/event&eventUniqID=22668-0--&year=2010&month=9 ">Pre-registration is required for preschool programs. The fee is $60 for members, $75 for the general public for all eight classes in the series. Classes run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a snack. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. Register online at www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org, e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.

Time with Trees
September 21 and 24

In this class, we won't just learn about trees...we'll become trees! Discover the parts of a tree through movement, explore tree "cookies" with the help of hand lenses, and take a tree-hugging nature walk in the Arboretum woods.

Busy Beavers
September 28 and October 1

Did you know that a beaver tried to turn the Arboretum wetland into a pond? We'll look for signs of these busy builders along the Blockston Branch, make beaver puppets, and perform our very own beaver ballet.

The Towering Tulip Poplar
October 5 and 8

Just why is the tulip poplar the tree of Adkins Arboretum? We'll find out as we search for golden tulip poplar leaves among drifts of fall foliage, make tulip poplar cats, and plant tulip poplar seeds that we gather on our nature walk.

Pickin' Berries
October 12 and 15

As summer's flowers fade, fall's berries brighten! Nature explorers will take off on a "berry" exciting treasure hunt, make colorful pokeberry prints, sniff bayberry candles, and sip sumac "lemonade."

Tucking in the Garden
October 19 and 22

Summer days are long past, and it's time to get the Funshine Garden ready for a nice winter nap. We'll tidy the garden beds, gather seeds to store in homemade packets, and look for signs of animals that might be cozying up in the garden for winter naps of their own.

Whooo Goes There?
October 26 and 29

What does a Great Horned Owl sound like? How about the tiny Saw-whet Owl? We'll practice our owl calls as we learn about the Arboretum's owl banding project and dissect an owl pellet. We'll also make feathery owl masks and munch on Halloween snacks while listening to stories about the wise old owl.

Sweater Days
November 2 and 5

Fall is here, and the days are growing cooler. But why? We'll unravel the story of the seasons, then pull on our sweaters to enjoy a fall meadow walk. Back in the classroom, we'll sip warm cider and decorate a fall poem with meadow treasures.

Scouts and Maidens
November 9 and 12

Celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in Native American style, with music, dance, and storytelling. We'll make model longhouses and wigwams in the forest and search for plants used by Native Americans of the Eastern Shore. We'll also sample a Native American snack.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.