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Youth Education

Youth Education

The Arboretum offers programs that engage students of all ages with nature and provides resources for self-guided family activities. Explore the links below for more information.

*** Registration in Fall 2021 preschool and homeschool programs acknowledges receipt of the Arboretum's COVID Policy. ***

Acorn Academy Nature Preschool Programs

Eight-week fall session runs Thursdays, September 16 to November 4. Click here for more information and to register.

Click here to access virtual preschool lessons to share with young nature lovers. 

Homeschool Programs

Birds, Bees, and Dandelion Seeds Virtual Field Trip

Designed for second-graders in Queen Anne's and Caroline County Public Schools and funded by the Gray Charitable Trust, this week-long unit focuses on pollinators, seed dispersal, and native bees. 

Activities include video clips from the Arboretum, games, experiments, songs, and a final project. Lessons are available for use by homeschool families, private schools, and the general public and are appropriate for students in grades one through four. Click here for the field trip unit.

Family Backpacks to Borrow

Educational family backpacks are available to borrow at our front desk. Funded by a grant from the Fullwood Foundation, each backpack focuses on a different environmental theme—wetland, forest, stream, and wildlife—and is packed with field equipment, guides, and nature lessons. The forest and wildlife packs are suitable for children in grades 2 through 8, while the wetland and stream packs are designed for children in grades 5 and above. Plan on spending at least an hour at the Arboretum to enjoy your backpack experience!

Check out our full lineup of Virtual Education offerings