FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—JANUARY 10, 2012)
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 Thursday sessions.
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, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.
February 14 and 16
Learn about Mr. Groundhog and his predictions for the arrival of spring. Children will look for Arboretum groundhog homes, make groundhog puppets, and sing a special groundhog song.
Journey of a Snowflake
February 21 and 23
In this lesson, children will pretend that they are snowflakes journeying through the winter sky. They will make a glittery snowflake craft, look for Jack Frost in the forest, and warm up with hot chocolate and the beloved children’s book “A Snowy Day.”
February 28 and March 1
Get to know the animals in Jan Brett’s classic children’s story “The Mitten.” Children will create magical mittens to take home, look for signs of animals in the forest, and find out how animals keep warm when mittens aren’t an option.
March 6 and 8
While many animals are hibernating through the winter, deer are out and about! Children will learn about the white-tailed deer and look for deer tracks on the Arboretum paths to fill with Plaster of Paris for some scientific fun. Back in the classroom, they’ll make antler headbands and enjoy animal stories.
March 13 and 15
Where do foxes go when the cold wind blows? In their cozy dens, of course! Children will follow a winding trail to an Arboretum fox den, sing and dance to the “Fox Trot,” and make pop-up fox finger puppets.
March 20 and 22
It’s time to start thinking about the summer garden! Children will learn how seeds germinate and start their own seeds in a nifty egg carton tray. They will also 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.
Photo: Adkins Arboretum Children’s Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton leads preschoolers in discovering the wonders of the winter forest. The Arboretum’s winter preschool programs begin Feb. 14.