Adkins Arboretum Announces Fall Preschool Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—SEPTEMBER 1, 2011)

Adkins Arboretum will again offer its popular programs for three- to five-year-olds this fall, led by popular teacher Jenny Houghton. Classes are offered as a series of eight programs and are available in Tuesday or Thursday sessions. Please note that the Tuesday session begins Sept. 20, while the Thursday session begins the following week, on Sept. 29.

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. For further information or to register, call 410-634-2847, extension 0.

Harvest Days
Tues., Sept. 20; Thurs., Sept. 29

Welcome the start of fall with a last trip to the Funshine Garden. We’ll pick cranberries, store seeds for next spring, and look for signs of critters holing up to wait out the cold days ahead. After a picnic snack, we’ll return to the classroom to make a harvest craft.

Cattails for Breakfast, Cattails for Lunch
Tues., Sept. 27; Thurs., Oct. 6

Did you know that the mashed root of the cattail plant can be used as toothpaste? Or that young cattail flowerheads can be boiled and eaten like corn on the cob? We’ll search for the amazing cattail in the Arboretum’s wetland, float cattail boats, and even share a cattail snack.

Seeds on the Move
Tues., Oct. 4; Thurs., Oct. 13

It’s true: seeds move! Find out how and why as we make wishes on feathery milkweed seeds, float gumballs down the Blockston Branch, hunt for amazing popping jewelweed seeds, and play a game with hickory nuts.

The Towering Tulip Poplar
Tues., Oct. 11; Thurs., Oct. 20

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

Colorfest!
Tues., Oct. 18; Thurs., Oct. 27

Come celebrate the beauty of fall at Adkins Arboretum as we gather fall leaves on a forest walk and enjoy a picnic snack under the trees. Then it’s back to the classroom to make leaf crafts and learn more about why leaves change color.

Pumpkin Party
Tues., Oct. 25; Thurs., Nov. 3

It’s pumpkin season! Meet the magnificent pumpkin plant, snack on pumpkin bars, and make pumpkin shakers. Then wiggle and twist to the Pumpkin Polka!

Honk! Honk! Make Way for Geese
Tues., Nov. 1; Thurs., Nov. 10

It’s that time of year again: the geese are heading south. We’ll uncover the migratory habits of these feathered friends and look for birds of all types on an Arboretum nature walk. We’ll also make a goose craft and enjoy goose-related books with our snack.

A-maize-ing Grain
Tues., Nov. 8; Thurs., Nov. 17

Did you know that the early settlers ate corn 365 days a year? Learn about this native grain, try your hand at grinding corn, and make napkins printed with corn. We’ll eat a popcorn snack and read Thanksgiving stories after looking for turkeys on a meadow walk.

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.