Children’s Programs

 

Children’s Programs

As part of our dual mission to conserve and educate, we offer a multitude of wonderful children’s programs for kids of all ages. Our children’s programs introduce youngsters to nature with hands-on activities, exploration, and interaction with the natural world.

Tyke Hikes (ages 18 months-3yrs)

Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors. Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join naturalist Laurie Hudson for a nature story reading and stroller-friendly hike on the Arboretum trails. Enjoy a new nature experience each week!
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Tadpole Troopers (ages 3-5)

Tadpole Troopers is a nature class for parents and children to share together.  Classes are targeted for children ages 3 to 5 that offer opportunities for natural science investigations, crafts, and a guided walk with a naturalist. All classes begin with an engaging introductory lesson inside a classroom followed by a walk outside. Parents are required to stay for the duration of class with their child. Siblings are not permitted unless they are registered for the class.
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Science Sprouts (ages 4-5)

Science Sprouts is an exciting new series for curious kids that love nature and science. Classes will include a short lesson on the topic of the day followed by a nature walk on the trails of the Arboretum. Each class will have a fun mixture of games, live animals, biofacts, crafts, story time, or music. Parents are welcome to participate with their child, or drop them off.
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Naturalist Explorers (ages 5-8)

Naturalist Explorers introduces children ages 5 to 8 to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Classes include a short introduction inside followed by hands‐on, engaging activities outside. Parents are welcome to participate with their child, or drop them off.
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Home School Program (ages 5-12)

Our home school classes are offered on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 pm for students ages 5-12. A different three-week science unit is taught each month, with each class consisting of instructional time, hands-on activities, and guided nature walks. Handouts for parents with extension ideas and projects are provided for follow up at home.
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