Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Preschool Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—MARCH 20, 2012)

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

Registration is required for preschool programs. The fee is $35 for members, $45 for the general public for all six classes in the series. Per-class registration is also available: $6 per class for members, $8 per class for the general public. 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, visit http://www.adkinsarboretum.org/programs_events/student_environmental_education.html/title/spring-2012-preschool-programs"> www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.

The Incredible Egg
April 10 and 12

Help crack the mystery of the incredible egg! How are eggs formed? How do they hatch? Which animals lay eggs? Our nature detectives will conduct an eggs-periment, hunt for missing eggs in the meadow, and look for eggs in the Arboretum’s bluebird boxes.

Garden of Giants
April 17 and 19

It’s Funshine Garden time! Grab a trowel and lend a hand to plant mammoth sunflowers, zinnias, and a fairytale beanstalk. Then soak in the sun as we enjoy a picnic snack and garden stories.

Compost Cake
April 24 and 26

Celebrate Earth Day by mixing up a batch of compost! We’ll read the delightful children’s story Compost Cake, conduct a compost experiment, and scatter compost on the Funshine Garden’s rainbow bed for a great start to the planting season.

Spring Beauties
May 1 and 3

Pink lady slippers, white spring beauties, Virginia bluebells: the forest is in flower for spring! Welcome May with a paper bouquet and search for spring flowers along the Arboretum’s woodland paths.

Cloud Magic
May 8 and 10

Castles, dragons, cotton candy—what do you see when you look at the clouds? We’ll learn the names of common cloud shapes, make a puffy cloud craft, and look for clouds on a meadow walk.

Talkin’ About Tadpoles
May 15 and 17

No need to feel stuck in a bog! Spring is in full swing, and so are the Arboretum peepers! Learn about the lifecycle of our favorite amphibians, from tadpole to pollywog to frog. We’ll stomp our feet to the “Pollywog Wiggle,” make a tadpole thumbprint craft, and get up close and personal with our froggy friends on the wetland boardwalk.

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.