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Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Programs for Preschoolers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—MARCH 13, 2011)

Adkins Arboretum will again offer its popular programs for three- to five-year-olds this spring, led by popular teacher Jenny Houghton. Classes are offered as a series of six programs and are available in Tuesday or Thursday 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. Register online at www.adkinsarboretum.org, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org. Programs include:

Sproutin’ Spuds
April 12 and 14

Do vegetables have eyes? Potatoes do! Explore the amazing spud and help plant a potato barrel in the Funshine Garden. We’ll also make potato print bandanas sure to wow family and friends.

Compost Cake
April 19 and 21

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.

Ladybug, Ladybug…
April 26 and 28

…Don’t fly away! We’ll collect ladybugs in the meadow, learn to recognize the rare nine-spotted ladybug and other more common varieties, and make ladybugs from recycled egg cartons.

May Day
May 3 and 5

Search for lady slipper flowers in the woods after a lesson on these native orchid beauties. We’ll make a bouquet of paper flowers and celebrate spring by dancing around a woodland maypole.

Shapes in the Forest
May 10 and 12

Did you know that the leaves of the redbud tree are shaped like hearts? Or that flowing water can shape pebbles into smooth ovals? We’ll look for shapes on a forest scavenger hunt and create nature shape books to take home.

Terrific Turtles
May 17 and 19

The wetlands are warming up, and the turtles have returned! “Build” a turtle, learn about the turtles in your neighborhood, and meet aquatic creatures of all kinds as we explore the Arboretum wetland with nets and buckets.

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.