Tuesdays, June 6 – August 8
$15 (per class)
Join us for a morning of nature discovery as we explore the different habitats of the Arboretum. Our weekly program includes outdoor explorations, private Discovery Room visits, adventure play on our Nature Playscape, and the opportunity to meet one of our Ambassador Animals!
June 6 or July 11
Learn how and where living things meet their needs. Children will go for a scavenger hunt through the woodland, savanna, prairie, or wetland habitats to learn how organisms survive in their environment.
June 13 or July 18
Discover adaptations that help organisms survive. While exploring the Arboretum’s habitats, students will identify and compare adaptive characteristics of organisms. Students will also practice sweep netting for insects to observe insect adaptations more closely.
June 20 or July 25
Investigate how nature recycles nutrients through the process of decomposition. On our hike, children will search for decomposers hiding under rotting logs or in the leaf litter on the forest floor.
June 27 or Aug 1
Search for links in food chains by investigating who is living in the Arboretum’s ponds. Discover what local animals eat and how to classify them as herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore while pond dipping for aquatic creatures.
Aug 8 (No class on July 4)
Identify ways that organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and non-living elements. Practice your nature journaling skills while we compare the physical characteristics of the woodland, savanna, prairie, and wetland habitats to determine how each ecosystem supports biological communities.
Please come dressed for the outdoors, including closed-toe shoes. This is a drop-off class. Parents and siblings are welcome to explore the Arboretum’s grounds on their own.