Celebrate fall with your preschooler at the Arboretum’s Acorn Academy! This series of eight classes is open to children ages 3 to 5. Enrollment is limited to 15 children, so early registration is recommended.
The fee for a session of eight classes is $40 for members and $55 for non-members. Registration is also available on a class-by-class basis ($5 for members and $7 for non-members.) Each class includes a snack and a craft. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Visit the Arboretum’s goat herd, led by the lovely Lily, and learn how goats are used to munch troublesome weeds. Children will make goat puppets, sample goat milk, and have their pictures taken with Lily and her four-legged friends.
Ants in Your Pants
Join in a wiggly “Ants in Your Pants” dance and make a fingerprint ant craft. After learning some interesting ant trivia, we’ll go on a bug hunt, try out a bug vacuum, and munch “Ants on a Log” snacks.
Milkweed and Monarchs
Make a wish on a fluffy milkweed seed and learn about the beautiful monarch butterflies that lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. We’ll look for milkweed pods in the meadow, make a butterfly craft, and enjoy butterfly books with our snack.
Hearts a’ Bursting
Follow a magenta trail of hearts a’ bursting berries through the woods as we search for signs of fall. In the classroom, we’ll make berry bracelets and snack on heart-shaped cookies.
It’s pumpkin season! We’ll get the scoop on pumpkins, visit the Arboretum’s Funshine Garden, and make pumpkin shakers. Then we’ll wiggle and twist to the Pumpkin Polka!
Bats: terrifying vampires or cuddly Stellalunas? We’ll learn the science behind the world’s only flying mammal, experiment with echolocation, and try navigating the meadow bat-style. We’ll also make batty Halloween decorations and celebrate with a holiday-themed snack and story.
Nuts for Squirrels
Are you nuts for squirrels? We’ll explore the world of these furry cuties on a forest scavenger hunt and return to the classroom for acorn stories and nutty snacks. A squirrel napkin ring craft will round out this fun-filled morning.
Scouts and Maidens
Who were the first people to live on the Eastern Shore? Let’s visit the Paw Paw Playground wigwams to find out! We’ll play a Native American corn game, collect sticks for a pretend campfire, and craft a Native American centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.
**Clicking on program titles offers the option of registering for individual classes or for the entire Acorn Academy series.**