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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
March
3/28/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The Month of Their Ripening: NC Heritage Foods Through the Year
Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state in her new book from UNC Press, The Month of Their Ripening. In this talk, she’ll introduce some of the farmers, fishmongers, and cooks who help us understand how certain foods are deeply tied to the culture of the Old North State. For example, garlicky green ramps, gathered in April and traditionally savored by many Cherokee people, are now threatened by their popularity in fine restaurants. In June, serviceberry trees offer a delicious fruit for pies if you can pick them before the birds descend.These ephemeral ingredients make up the long-standing dialect of North Carolina kitchens. But we have to wait for the right moment to enjoy them, and in that waiting is their treasure.
3/30/2019 1:30 PM
to 4/6/2019 4:30 PM
Capturing Nature in Words
This class will encourage participants to notice nature in their own backyards and gardens and record their observations. We will explore a range of journaling options and hybrids that will meet the goals of creative writers attempting to deepen their work with vivid natural world details, to gardeners trying to track when flowers bloom, to hikers who want to remember a mountaintop rhododendron tunnel in full, bee-buzzing bloom. Participants will leave the class with sharpened observation skills, methods they prefer for recording and using those observations, and a level of comfort to continue journaling after the class ends. Journaling is about learning; any science or art that springs from that process is a bonus, and anyone at any skill level can journal.
3/31/2019 2:00 PM
to 5:00 PM
Meet Paul Green: Playwright, Social Activist, Naturalist
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Join the Paul Green Foundation for a dramatization of Paul Green's life and work, presented by PlayMakers actors Kathryn Hunter Williams and Ray Dooley. Then, enjoy refreshments and tour the Paul Green Cabin, where he wrote for 26 years. Free; preregistration encouraged.
April
4/4/2019 1:00 PM
to 4/25/2019 4:30 PM
Advanced Drawing: Botanical Plates
In this course, students work towards refining drawing skills in creating a plant portrait. Specifics to this class include rendering a tonal botanical plate, working with live plants, studying plant anatomy, using microscopes, as well as mapping and cross-contour drawing for accuracy. Prerequisites: Intermediate Drawing, Composition. $150 ($135 Members)
4/6/2019 9:30 AM
to 4:00 AM
Lichens
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a foray out into the Garden.
4/6/2019 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: The Greening Landscape
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
'April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks GO.' ~Christopher Morley April means the greening of our forests and an abundance of wildflowers. Join a Garden Guide and explore the magic of spring.
4/6/2019 1:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
Plants That Bite Back - FOR FAMILIES!
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, sundews… oh my! Learn about the secret lives of native carnivorous plants. Meet live specimens, dissect pitcher plants, and find out how you can keep some plants that bite back (on insects, not people) in your own backyard. You can even take home a special plant to get you started. $15 ($13 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
4/7/2019 2:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Lecture: The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative
Many of our favorite native wildflowers are species adapted to open, sunny, grassy habitats, and while we use some of these plants horticulturally, their native stocks have dwindled. Grassland loss is the single greatest conservation issue currently facing eastern North American biodiversity. Southern grasslands are nearly extinct and the species that depend on them are fading fast. Join us for a fascinating and stereotype-shattering tour of North Carolina's natural landscapes just a few hundred years ago: bison, prairies, and sun-loving wildflowers. What are the challenges these landscapes face and how can we get back these landscapes that form important components of our natural and cultural heritage of North Carolina?
4/10/2019 1:00 PM
to 5/1/2019 4:30 PM
Acrylic
Learn the fundamentals in painting with the opaque water medium, acrylic. This course offers a survey of various methods of painting with acrylic and provides instruction in using acrylic in botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing
4/10/2019 1:30 PM
to 5/1/2019 4:30 PM
Principles of Conservation Biology
This course is intended for an experienced audience and introduces the principles of biodiversity and conservation. Topics include natural diversity, island biogeography, rare plants, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, conservation landscaping, and preserve design. Prerequisites: Botany, Plant Ecology (or with instructor permission).
4/11/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Climate Change, Plants, Bugs, and Birds: Interconnections in Your Own Backyard
Climate change is having impacts on the natural world, many of which are evident in our own backyard. We’ll discuss climate change from a bird-centric point of view, thinking about how their fate is tied to the individual responses of different plant and insect groups. Then, we'll review the many different citizen science programs that you could become involved with to help reveal these responses to climate change where you live.
4/13/2019 1:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: Soil Critters - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Time to get your hands dirt-y! Come learn what 'ingredients' you need to make good growing soil, why plants needs soil, how to make black gold (compost), and get up-close with worms and other dirt-loving critters. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
4/13/2019 2:00 PM
to 3:30 PM
Weeds 101
Every gardener and homeowner can tell you what they consider to be a weed. Too often, one person’s weed is another creature’s critical food source or shelter, while another person’s prized plant might be the next ecological disaster. Discussion will include a brief history of weeds and their impact on ecosystems and our economy, ways to identify your weeds, and strategies for their management, whether they be friend or foe. Management practices include time-tested approaches and some new techniques we employ here at NCBG, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible gardening. Participants are welcome to bring in specimens for identification.
4/14/2019 1:00 PM
to 5/19/2019 5:00 PM
Plant Taxonomy
This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of the taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. This course serves as a prerequisite for Flowering Plant Families. Prerequisite: Botany. $130 ($117 Members).
4/14/2019 1:15 PM
to 5/19/2019 4:45 PM
Integrating Composition and Color Theory
In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. This class was formerly known simply as Color Theory. It serves as a prerequisite for the Advanced Watercolor classes and for Intermediate and Advanced Colored Pencil. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor
4/14/2019 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
FREE Battle Park Tour
Learn about the history and preservation of the property now known as Battle Park on the UNC campus. We'll walk through the park in the peak of its spring glory, covering hotspots visited and named by Kemp Plummer Battle himself as well as the philosophies behind the preservation and conservation of our natural areas. Please note that the hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your abilities. Battle Park trails traverse uneven and/or steep terrain at times. You are encouraged to bring a hiking stick!
4/20/2019 10:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
Brushwork Flowers in Watercolor
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Brush painting is a magnificent experience that's accessible to anyone, regardless of experience. We will focus on capturing the essence of flowers with simple brush strokes that create a sweep of pure color and energized freedom.
4/20/2019 11:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
FREE Coker Arboretum Tour
Join us for a free tour of Coker Arboretum on the UNC campus! Led by an experienced guide, this tour provides a relaxed, informative introduction to this jewel in the heart of Chapel Hill. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons. The tour departs from the stone gathering circle on the Cameron Avenue side of the Arboretum at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month (March through November). Tours take place rain or shine. Registration is encouraged but not required.
4/20/2019 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is intended for a broad audience. Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them. We'll discuss the most prominent invasive plants in North Carolina and how to identify them by habit and growth form. Then, we'll cover integrated methods for controlling invasive plants on multiple scales.
4/25/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Contact with Nature = Healthy Child Development
Join the co-founders of NC State University's Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) for this talk on how being in contact with nature broadens children’s play and learning experience, contributes to positive physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development, exposes children to living ecosystems, and stimulates their curiosity to explore the wonders of nature early in life. NLI was founded in 2000 with the purpose of promoting the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.
4/27/2019 9:00 AM
to 4/28/2019 6:00 PM
Educator Trek: Pitcher This - Plants that Eat Bugs!
North Carolina is home to an amazing diversity of plants, including some of the ‘most wonderful plants in the world,’ according to Charles Darwin. Join the Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Botanical Garden on an overnight trek to discover and learn about our wonderful insect-eating plants and the habitats in which they thrive. Venue: The Green Swamp Preserve and Holly Shelter Game Land near Wilmington, NC. Fee: $90 (includes lodging, transportation, some meals)
4/27/2019 2:00 PM
to 3:00 PM
Honeybee Hive Tour at the CCCG
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. Free, preregistration required.
4/28/2019 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Spring at Mason Farm
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Take a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s Old Farm Trail, which travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will point out wildflowers and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. About 2.5 miles in length, the hike includes a short off-trail foray into the old-growth Shagbark Hickory forest. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.
4/30/2019 1:00 PM
to 5/21/2019 4:30 PM
Intermediate Traditional Watercolor
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing
May
5/4/2019 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Garden Wildlife
I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing. ~Annie Dillard Join us as we hike the Garden trails looking for the creatures that call this natural haven home. Bring your binoculars or borrow ours as we look for birds, bugs, and other critters that find our native plantings to their liking.
5/4/2019 2:00 PM
to 7:00 PM
Spring Native Plant Sale & Festival
Join us for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival, where you can purchase southeastern native plants for your home garden, enjoy live music, play games, get some tasty food-truck treats, and more! Admission is free, and all are welcome. No registration necessary.
5/5/2019 1:30 PM
to 4:00 PM
Creek Critters! Family Hike - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Discover the amazing world of aquatic insects and other water critters the best way possible...by getting wet! Enjoy a spring hike along the Piedmont Nature Trails to Morgan Creek, where we will explore stream habitats and collect/release crayfish, dragonfly nymphs, and more. Learn how these creatures survive in their aquatic home and the importance of indicator species to determine the health of the creek. Wear clothes and closed-toed shoes for hiking and to get wet. NOTE: This is a moderate hike of about 1-mile round-trip on our trail system. Parents/caregivers must remain with child(ren) at all times. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
5/9/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Virtual Tour of the Morgan Creek Valley
The Morgan Creek Valley holds a wealth of natural and cultural heritage - from ice-age rhododendron bluffs and rare plants to American Indians and moonshiners. Come on a virtual tour and explore the length of the Morgan Creek valley from its headwaters near Maple View Farm to the Triassic Basin bottomlands of the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, all of which occurs within Orange County.
5/11/2019 10:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
Plant This, Not That
Home landscaping is all too often captive to the same old plantings. Though functional, they often are a 'dead zone' ecologically, and some are downright invasive. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful native plant choices more suited to our particular climate that fit our needs and are even beneficial to the environment. This class includes an extensive plant list and a garden walk to see the plants at NCBG.
5/11/2019 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Blueberries
Discover painting fresh blueberries in watercolor using traditional botanical illustration techniques. Paint the waxy bloom, recreate the rich dark colors, and render the fine details of the berry with dry brush. Watercolor experience is helpful.
5/11/2019 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Explore the beauty of native southeastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG display gardens and the Piedmont Nature Trails behind the Garden, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. No prerequisites.
5/14/2019 11:00 AM
to 12:30 PM
Mason Farm Biological Reserve Tour
Take a walk with NCBG director of conservation Johnny Randall through Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a 367-acre nature preserve in Chapel Hill that features old farm fields, once cultivated by American Indians and the first settlers to Orange County, now converted to native plant meadows, and ancient woodlands of original forest, never clear-cut or plowed. Johnny will discuss the restoration and management efforts over the last 20 years that have helped to rehabilitate an ecologically exceptional wildland.
5/15/2019 5:00 PM
to 6:00 PM
Edible Campus UNC Tour
Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of NCBG’s community outreach programs that creates gardens across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus full of edible, medicinal, and pollinator-friendly plants. We’ll see and taste from the gardens, and we’ll learn about the program and how it supports food justice initiatives at the University, and more!
5/16/2019 5:00 PM
to 6:00 PM
Carolina Campus Community Garden Tour
Tour the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) with CCCG educator Claire Lorch. Learn about this 1/3-acre garden, an outreach program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, which provides 5000 pounds of fresh, sustainably grown produce to the University’s housekeepers annually through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents. The CCCG’s special features include a solar-powered greenhouse, an extensive composting system, beehives and shiitake mushroom logs.
5/17/2019 11:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
NCBG Display Gardens Tour
Tour the NCBG display gardens with our director of horticulture, Dan Stern. From our innovative horticultural displays of southeastern native plants to our sustainable gardening practices, learn about how the North Carolina Botanical Garden leads the way as the premier conservation garden in the southeastern U.S.
5/18/2019 10:00 AM
to 4:00 PM
Botanical Contact Printing
Explore papers, fabrics, thread, and natural dyes while learning about eco/botanical contact printing. We'll cover vocabulary, techniques, and wild color recipes, and we'll explore the process of extracting plant tannins and natural wild color to create nature prints. Plus, we'll discuss watercolor techniques, printmaking, and sewing touches. This class includes hands-on activities and time out in the Garden. You'll take home a small hand bound journal of your prints as a memento of a day!
5/18/2019 10:00 AM
to 1:00 PM
Penny's Bend Blue Wild Indigo Hike
Ed Harrison, Penny’s Bend Management Committee member, leads a hike through the spring landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. With luck, the glade blue wild indigo (Baptisia aberrans) will be in full bloom. Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and remnant diabase glades and prairies with regionally rare plants. About 2 miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.
5/18/2019 11:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. We'll cover the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden as we explore early summer flowers.
5/18/2019 11:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
FREE Coker Arboretum Tour
Join us for a free tour of Coker Arboretum on the UNC campus! Led by an experienced guide, this tour provides a relaxed, informative introduction to this jewel in the heart of Chapel Hill. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons. The tour departs from the stone gathering circle on the Cameron Avenue side of the Arboretum at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month (March through November). Tours take place rain or shine. Registration is encouraged but not required.
5/18/2019 1:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: Hooray for Herbs - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. 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. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
June
6/1/2019 9:30 AM
to 6/15/2019 12:30 PM
Entomology
This nine hour course is designed for a broad audience. Most aspects of insect biology will be covered, with an emphasis on the adaptations that have made them the most diverse group of organisms. The variety of orders, families, and species will be reviewed, using examples found in the local area. Observational techniques will be demonstrated in a field trip to Mason Farm, and a tour of the Garden’s display areas will be used to discuss how to improve habitats for insects in our own backyards.
6/1/2019 1:30 PM
to 6/22/2019 4:30 PM
Plant Communities of North Carolina
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in climate and soil types across the state as well as other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive regions: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, relict prairies, and grasslands. Students explore the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Class sessions include nine hours of lecture and a full day field trip with Julie and UNC Herbarium director Alan Weakley. No prerequisites.
6/4/2019 1:00 PM
to 6/25/2019 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Colored pencil is a next step in advancing from drawing to painting, and introduces the full array of fine art pigments. This course is a hands-on introduction to commonly used materials and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing and tonal gradation. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.
6/5/2019 1:00 PM
to 6/26/2019 4:30 PM
Advanced Expressive Watercolor
This course reviews and builds on Intermediate Expressive Watercolor techniques. Using a live plant and/or reference photographs of their choice, students will create a small series of paintings of a native North Carolina plant. Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor, Integrating Composition and Color Theory
6/8/2019 2:00 PM
to 3:00 PM
Honeybee Hive Tour at the CCCG
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. Free, preregistration required.
6/8/2019 9:00 PM
to 10:30 PM
Moth Night
Moths are among our most diverse, colorful, and ecologically important groups of organisms. Approximately 2,700 species occur in North Carolina, but most people only ever see just a few and are startled when they first see a Luna Moth or a Polyphemus Moth, never having suspected that there were such species flying around in the night. Moth Night shines a light on this amazing group of organisms. We'll use two common techniques to sample moth populations – blacklights and baiting – to take a look at the local fauna. Bring your cameras, with best results obtained using a flash.
6/9/2019 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Native Plant Propagation
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This workshop is intended for a broad audience. Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG.
6/10/2019 9:00 AM
to 6/14/2019 12:00 PM
Sensing Nature - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 4-5)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will use all of their senses to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Session has 10 campers. Fee: $145 ($130 Members)
6/17/2019 9:00 AM
to 6/21/2019 12:00 PM
Sensing Nature - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 4-5)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will use all of their senses to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Session has 10 campers. Fee: $145 ($130 Members)
6/22/2019 9:30 AM
to 7/27/2019 12:30 PM
Summer Flora
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is intended for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of basic plant morphology, naming conventions for plants and the history of scientific naming, how to identify the prominent plants of the season using a dichotomous key and field characteristics, all through a season-specific lens.
6/22/2019 10:00 AM
to 6/29/2019 12:00 PM
Native Plant Summer Gardening
Spring has sprung, all is planted, and now it’s growing, growing, growing! Now what? How do you tend the garden through our hot southern summers? In this two-session course, we will learn sustainable maintenance methods to keep your native garden - and the local ecology - thriving. Watering, weeding, and pest control will be covered, as well as cutback and design evaluation. Includes both classroom and hands-on experience.
6/22/2019 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with this half-day introduction to drawing with colored pencils, using one of North Carolina's many butterflies as the reference. Students are given step-by-step instruction. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. No prerequisites.
6/24/2019 9:00 AM
to 6/28/2019 12:00 PM
Sensing Nature - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 4-5)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will use all of their senses to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Session has 10 campers. Fee: $145 ($130 Members)
July
7/8/2019 9:00 AM
to 7/12/2019 3:00 PM
Things with Wings - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 6-7)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
7/15/2019 9:00 AM
to 7/19/2019 3:00 PM
Things with Wings - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 6-7)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
7/27/2019 8:30 PM
to 10:30 PM
Moth Magic - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 10 & up with accompanying adult. Join us during National Moth Week to observe some of our night-flying neighbors – MOTHS! Discover how to attract moths and their caterpillars in your home landscape, hear some of their fascinating adaptations, and get tips on how to identify some of our common species. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
7/29/2019 9:00 AM
to 8/2/2019 3:00 PM
Junior Naturalists - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 8-10)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Whether your child is interested in plants, bugs, or birds, this is the camp for kids who love nature! Campers spend the week honing their naturalist skills and developing an understanding of ecology by getting their hands dirty exploring the Garden’s woodlands and wetlands. Guest naturalists, art projects, and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun! Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
August
8/3/2019 9:30 AM
to 8/24/2019 2:30 PM
Botany
This course is introductory in nature and designed for a broad audience. It covers basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities for making observations in the gardens.
8/5/2019 9:00 AM
to 8/9/2019 3:00 PM
Junior Naturalists - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 8-10)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Whether your child is interested in plants, bugs, or birds, this is the camp for kids who love nature! Campers spend the week honing their naturalist skills and developing an understanding of ecology by getting their hands dirty exploring the Garden’s woodlands and wetlands. Guest naturalists, art projects, and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun! Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
8/6/2019 1:00 PM
to 8/27/2019 4:30 PM
Beginning Drawing
An introductory level course of drawing for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Includes using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises on seeing to draw, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. Prerequisite for Intermediate Drawing, Beginning Watercolor, and Beginning Colored Pencil. Note: This class involves homework assignments. The amount of time students need to spend on homework varies and usually ranges from five to 15 hours per week.
8/7/2019 1:00 PM
to 8/28/2019 4:30 PM
Intermediate Colored Pencil
This course adds to the information covered in Beginning Colored Pencil and hones skills in color, value and layering. Students will be introduced to new surfaces and techniques. This elective is intended for students who wish to develop a strong, more advanced-level skill in colored pencil. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Intermediate Drawing.
8/10/2019 10:00 AM
to 4:00 PM
The Camera in Your Pocket: Garden Videography for the Novice
Today's mobile devices have enabled us to carry a video camera with us at all times. We can record, edit and share short video clips in a matter of minutes. In this fun and hands-on workshop, you will learn simple and effective ways to use your smartphone or tablet to create and share video content from your garden and nature. Bring your mobile device (smartphone or tablet) with you to class.
8/24/2019 9:30 AM
to 12:30 PM
iNaturalists in Action
Join us for this hands-on introduction to recording plant and wildlife observations with the iNaturalist mobile app and website (inaturalist.org). We’ll meet in the classroom for a brief overview of the application and a discussion of photographing flora and fauna for identification. We’ll then carpool to nearby Mason Farm Biological Reserve to make observations, and we’ll return to the classroom at the end to take a closer look at some of them. We'll provide suggestions for recording observations on your own and contributing observations to citizen science projects. To participate, you will need to bring a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet.
September
9/14/2019 10:30 AM
to 12:30 PM
Caterpillarology - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Fall is a great time to observe the larvae of butterflies and moths – the caterpillars! Meet live caterpillars, hear their fascinating stories, what they need to survive, and explore the garden for these mysterious insects and their plant partners. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult