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Youth and Family programs

  
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April4/11/2015
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Series: Pizza Garden
Join us in the vegetable garden for a pizza planting party! We’ll learn how to add all the ingredients – basil, oregano, tomatoes, and peppers – to grow a “pizza garden”, and send you home with some delicious plants to add to your backyard. Enjoy harvesting and tasting too! NOTE: Adult chaperone required.
4/18/2015
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Meet the Trees
Grab your hiking shoes and join us on a scavenger hunt through the gardens and Nature Trails to meet the trees of the Piedmont Forest! Whose twigs were used as early toothbrushes, where did those spiky seedpods come from, which tree roots were originally used to make root beer? Learn fun tree lore and how to identify some of our most common trees. We’ll end our time by making leaf presses to take home. Dress for the outdoors. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.
4/25/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'We Love Trees'
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.
4/25/2015
1:00 PM - 5/16/2015 4:00 PM
Nature Illustration for Kids
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
'Life Among the Hardwoods' - Our eastern hardwood forests support an incredible diversity of plant and animal life: furred raccoons, skunks, and flying squirrels; scaled or moist-skinned tree frogs, garter snakes, and salamanders; often hidden from us under a carpet of leaves or beneath logs slowly returning to soil; colored by the moist blues and greens of moss, lichen, and forest plants like trillium and wild ginger. Walk the Garden’s forest trails with sketchbook and artist's pencil in hand during 4 successive spring Saturdays as tree buds open and wildflowers emerge, and learn how to compose paintings and illustrations of this natural beauty in watercolor, pen and ink, using professional art materials and techniques. Each student will conclude the class with at least two matted illustrations. Course is taught by naturalist and children's book illustrator Bob Palmatier. NOTE: This is a drop-off program.

May5/3/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Spintops: A Wood Turning Demonstration for Families
A Spintop is a toy spun rapidly on the ground, balanced on its tip. These wooden toys have been the pleasure of children since long ago. In a fascinating transformation of a block of wood into a functional item, Frank Penta will demonstrate the art of wood-turning for families and each child will go home with a spintop! Frank’s work integrates function and aesthetics with fine detailing and finishing into one-of-a-kind designs. Numerous pieces of his work will be on display and for sale in the NCBG Garden Shop. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.
5/9/2015
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Series: Herbs
It’s thyme to plant herbs! Enjoy a morning learning about and planting some favorite sweet and savory plants – like rosemary, mint, and chives – in the vegetable garden, and create an herb basket to take home for Mother’s Day. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.
5/30/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'Around the Pond'
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.
 
 

For registration questions or feedback, please contact the Registrar: 
email: ncbgregistrar@unc.edu
phone: 919-843-8524 

NORTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDEN
phone: 919-962-0522
fax: 919-962-3531

general email: ncbg@unc.edu
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