Adkins Arboretum Announces Winter Preschool Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—JANUARY 12, 2011)

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

Pre-registration is required for preschool programs. The fee is $45 for members, $55 for the general public for all six 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. For further information or to register, call 410-634-2847, extension 0.

Super Skunks
February 8 and 11
Roses are red, violets are blue, skunks aren’t sweet, but they need love, too. In this lesson, we’ll make Valentine skunk puppets, discover fascinating skunk facts, and take a forest walk in search of possible skunk dens.

Welcome, Robins!
February 15 and 18
Though wintry days are still ahead, the red-breasted robin reminds us that spring will return. We’ll go on a pretend journey with this songbird of the thrush family, join voices in “Rock-a-bye Robin,” and try our hand at making nests the way robins do.

Terrific Tracks
February 22 and 25
Which animals are out and about in the cold? Become an expert tracker and find out! We’ll identify common animal tracks and make our own tracks through the woods, then return to the classroom to warm up with hot chocolate and winter animal stories.

Lively Leaf Litter
March 1 and 4
We all know that bears snooze through much of the winter, but what about smaller critters like bugs and worms? Let’s go on a leaf litter adventure to find out! We’ll make a creepy-crawly craft, explore the forest floor, and finish our lesson with a snack of ever-popular “dirt cups.”

Let’s Go Fly a Kite
March 8 and 11
Celebrate blustery March with a lesson on wind, then make a kite and enjoy the wind’s uplifting power! We will fly our kites in the meadow and read windy poems during snack time.

Sproutin’ Seeds
March 15 and 18
It’s time to start thinking about your summer garden! Learn about the parts of a seed through seed dissection, start your own seeds in a nifty egg carton tray, and plant a sticker garden. Then visit the Arboretum greenhouse and enjoy a picnic 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 or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.