Saving Our Seeds

 

Join us this fall as we host Saving Our Seeds: A Journey through Natural and Cultural History, an exhibit highlighting the importance of seeds. The lectures, workshops, and outdoor classes below explore the significance of seeds to human nutrition, ecosystem restoration, rare plant conservation, and more. And don't miss the main exhibit at the Garden from August 27 through December 22!

 

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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
Location
August
8/27/2017 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Saving Our Seeds Kick-off Lecture and Exhibit Reception - Seeds: Travelers through Time and Space
Spaces Remaining: 158
Despite their lack of self-locomotion, plants and their seeds are some of the best travelers in the world. In this talk, learn how seeds gallivant around the globe and beyond via flying, floating, and hitchhiking. Find out how the cottonseed sailed to the Americas millions of years before Christopher Columbus and marvel at a dormant date palm seed’s ability to “travel through time”. Following the presentation, join us for the exhibit reception Free; preregistration required.
Reeves Auditorium
September
9/2/2017 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: “Behind-the-Seeds”
Spaces Remaining: 2
Join our Seed Program Coordinator for a “behind-the-seeds” look at what’s in seed in the garden plus the many aspects of our seed collection, conservation, and propagation programs.FREE, but please pre-register. Space is limited!
Display Gardens (Meet in Allen Education Center lobby)
9/7/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The Origin of Seeds
Spaces Remaining: 87
The earliest seeds known occur in Late Devonian times, ca 380 mya, heralding a major innovation in plant reproduction and growth strategies. Seeds not only allowed plants to inhabit more varied environments, but also provided a new food source for herbivores, and ultimately humans. Highlights in seed plant evolution from the Devonian to the present help show the interesting history of diversification and variation within this fascinating group of plants. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
9/7/2017 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 16
This intensive and life-changing four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their nature notes with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. All experience levels welcome. Bring your lunch! Fee: $325 ($295 NCBG Members)
Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)
9/8/2017 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 16
This intensive and life-changing four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their nature notes with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. All experience levels welcome. Bring your lunch! Fee: $325 ($295 NCBG Members)
Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)
9/9/2017 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 16
This intensive and life-changing four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their nature notes with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. All experience levels welcome. Bring your lunch! Fee: $325 ($295 NCBG Members)
Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)
9/10/2017 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 16
This intensive and life-changing four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their nature notes with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. All experience levels welcome. Bring your lunch! Fee: $325 ($295 NCBG Members)
Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)
9/12/2017 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Introduction to Macrophotography
Spaces Remaining: 6
Learn how to improve your macrophotography with natural subjects from seeds to caterpillars. Includes classroom time on basic equipment, tips, and techniques with time outdoors to practice what you have learned. Bring a digital camera (including flash, if external), comfortable walking shoes, and dress for the weather. Fee: $20 ($18 members).
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
9/14/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Invasive Plants are NOT for the Birds
Spaces Remaining: 96
The co-evolutionary relationship between birds and the dispersal of fleshy fruits has gone bad. The bird/plant mutualism benefits multitudes of plants (for the effective dispersal of fruits/seeds) and birds (that receive a nutritious “reward”). Non-native plants (both invasive and benign) have “spoiled” this relationship by facilitating invasive plant spread, competing with native plants for fleshy fruit dispersal, and altering bird nutrition. Randall will discuss the relationship between these separate but related phenomena for some of the common and incipient invasive plants in our region. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
9/16/2017 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: From Bees to Seeds
Spaces Remaining: 3
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Did you know that a fruit is a suitcase for seeds? But where did it come from? Come see and taste what’s growing in the vegetable patch, discover how pollinators make new plants, and try your hand at fruit and vegetable printing. Fee: $10 ($8 Members); no fee for accompanying adult
Growing Classroom (C110)
9/17/2017 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Native Seed Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 6
Intended for a broad audience, students learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. Fee: $32 ($29 NCBG members).
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
9/21/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Seed Dispersal: The Ingenious Ways that Plants Move Around
Spaces Remaining: 97
Flowering plants have developed interesting ways of moving their seeds into suitable habitats for germination and growth, sometimes using external factors such as wind or animals. This talk will give an overview of the different ways flowering plants disperse their seeds and the effect that seed dispersal has on plant diversity. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
9/28/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Myrmecochory: The Seedy Side of Ants
Spaces Remaining: 97
Ants and plants frequently enter mutualistic relationships in nature. A special case is myrmecochory - seed dispersal by ants. This talk gives an introduction to what myrmecochory is all about and tells the stories of several ant species that make seed dispersal a big part of their lives. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
October
10/1/2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
From Seed to Table
Spaces Remaining: 98
Join local chef, Bill Smith and Betsey Elliot, Siler City farmer, as they share stories, photographs and cooking demonstrations of the culinary experiences and the flavor revelations of heirloom vegetables from seeds that link us to our past. Hear about Betsey’s seed selection and the growing process - the challenges and successes - and how Bill engages the local farm community in selecting these heritage vegetables for his menus. A tasting of early October harvest will be included! Fee: $22 ($20 NCBG Members)
Reeves Auditorium
10/5/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Using Our Global Seed Heritage To Address Climate Change in the Age of Consolidation of Seed Ownership
Spaces Remaining: 96
Michael Sligh, long-time local Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) staffer, discusses the challenges, opportunities and urgent need for greater protection, utilization and resources for our common global heritage of Seeds and Breeds. Participants learn of RAFI’s current national and international efforts to protect farmers and breeders rights to save and improve seeds and updates on their seed breeding and pollinator habitat work here in NC. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
10/7/2017 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Seeds and Wildflowers: Early Autumn at Mason Farm
Spaces Remaining: 15
Join naturalist Ed Harrison for an in-depth tour of the “old farm trail” that travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Participants explore the beauty of fall - the seeds and fall wildflowers - and learn of the positive effects of the Garden’s intense management for both field and forest on the Reserve. There is a short hike off trail into the Shagbark Hickory Forest. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a walking stick (if you use one) and water. Meet at the NCBG Visitor Parking Lot gazebo to drive to the location. Fee: $22 (NCBG Members $20)
North Carolina Botanical Garden
10/7/2017 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Nature Journaling in the Garden
Spaces Remaining: 11
Bring your favorite journaling supplies outside into the Garden to observe what blooms late in the year, what fruits are on the plants, and what we can learn about seed dispersal. Improve your drawings though demonstrations and practice with portable drawing materials and techniques, whether you are just getting started, want to add visual notes to a nature journal, or simply enjoy drawing what you see outdoors. We’ll spend much of the session outdoors so dress for the weather! Inclement weather date: Saturday, October 14. Fee: $38 (NCBG Members $34)
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
10/8/2017 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Popcorn! And Movie Time
Spaces Remaining: 99
Come learn how popcorn came to NC as a farm to table concept. Stay for Movietime! Buy popcorn to enjoy as we watch “The Seedy Side of Plants”! This documentary unveils the canny and scheming secrets of how plants reproduce. Clever seeds do all kinds of things to get what they want! Fee: $10 ($9 Members)
Reeves Auditorium
10/12/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Saving Our Rarest Seeds: Using Conservation, Science, and Partnerships
Spaces Remaining: 96
From Svalbard Global Seed Vault to NCBG, seeds are protected in seed banks throughout the world. These seed banks hold much of the world’s plant diversity and conduct research on improving the science of seed storage. In this presentation, we will explore the role of seed banks in conservation, learn the science behind the conservation and look at global and regional efforts to seed bank rare taxa, including how NCBG is contributing to saving imperiled plant species in the Southeast. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
10/14/2017 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: It’s Pumpkin Time!
Spaces Remaining: 2
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Explore the vegetable patch for pumpkins, hear stories about gourd life cycle and uses, roast pumpkin seeds, and decorate a mini-pumpkin to take home! Fee: $10 ($8 Members); no fee for accompanying adult
Growing Classroom (C110)
10/15/2017 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Seeds and the Essence of Creation: A Poetry Reading
Spaces Remaining: 97
Every seed includes the essence of what it will become. Just as the flora and fauna of our environment, and even we ourselves, spring from tiny seeds, so works of creative inspiration grow from our seed thoughts. Five local poets bring these seeds to life through the work they will share with you. Free. Preregistration Required.
Reeves Auditorium
10/19/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Masting and Other Tricks to Beat the Herbivores
Spaces Remaining: 97
The world is full of animals that eat plants, so there is strong selection for traits that protect plants from these consumers, or at least limit their success. We will explore some of the resulting diversity of traits that plants have evolved to protect themselves ranging from timing of events to chemical properties. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
10/21/2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Watercolor and Colored Pencil Trees and Their Seeds
Spaces Remaining: 12
Trees and seeds are works of art and provide metaphors for life. Join certified botanical illustrator Beverly Dyer in exploring native North Carolina trees and their seeds with watercolor and colored pencil. Participants have the option of drawing and painting trees from provided materials and specimens, or working with colored pencil from pen and ink prints. No art experience required. Fee: $22 (NCBG Members$20) Supplies: Watercolor paper - cold pressed blocks work best when working wet into wet brushes - small and medium round and flat Colored pencils - provided Photo and specimen references of NC native trees (Red Maple, American Elm, Sweetgum, Tulip Poplar, Persimmon, Redbud) - provided
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
10/21/2017 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Make Paper that Grows! - Family Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 12
For ages 6 & up with accompanying adult. Join us for a scavenger hunt in the garden for super seeds and fall wonders, and then create your own plantable paper embedded with native wildflower seeds to take home. Fee: $10 ($8 Members), no fee for accompanying adult
Growing Classroom (C110)
10/28/2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Coffee Unites the World – How Your Morning Cup of Coffee Affects Birds, Economics, and the Land
Spaces Remaining: 98
Join two local experts as they discuss coffee farming and processing and how that impacts wildlife (especially birds), the land, and the people. Enjoy a coffee tasting from Carrboro Coffee Roasters as part of this program. John will highlight the coffee growing/harvesting process from northern Nicaragua and discuss birds and other wildlife found among various 'wildlife-friendly' coffee farms. He will share his research findings on bird species that nest here in North Carolina like the beautiful Golden-winged Warbler. Scott will talk about his involvement in coffee farming and processing, how the many factors involved can affect the final cup of coffee, and how it all intersects with the environment and the people who are so closely tied to the land. As an added Saturday morning bonus, we will include a coffee tasting from Carrboro Coffee Roasters featuring examples of brewed coffee from their Farmer Direct Relationship sustainability program. Fee: $10 ($9 Members)
Reeves Auditorium
10/28/2017 1:00 PM
Penny's Bend Hike
Spaces Remaining: 15
Ed Harrison, Penny’s Bend Management Committee member, leads a hike through the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. 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 a walking stick (if you use one) and water. Directions will be provided. Fee: $22 ($20 NCBG Members).
Penny's Bend Nature Preserve
November
11/2/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Seeds of Success
Spaces Remaining: 97
Have you wondered how the Outer Banks recovers after a hurricane? Join our “Seeds of Success” team as we talk about coastal restoration in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Attendees virtually explore some of the east coast’s most beautiful natural areas and learn about NCBG’s role in large scale seed collection for restoration and ex-situ conservation. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
11/4/2017 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: Saving Seeds for Spring
Spaces Remaining: 5
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Did you know that you can save seeds in your vegetable garden to grow next spring? Join us in the vegetable patch to learn how to collect and store seeds, make your own seed packets and ‘seed tape’ to take home, and enjoy harvesting and tasting the last of the fall veggies to eat. Fee: $10 ($8 Members); no fee for accompanying adult
Growing Classroom (C110)
11/4/2017 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
The Wonder of Seeds: A Workshop for Educators
Spaces Remaining: 20
“Seeds are a marvel, worthy of our study, praise, and wonder…” ~Thor Hanson, author of The Triumph of Seeds We are utterly dependent on seeds, so they are, indeed, worthy of study. Learn hands-on activities to help teach basic seed biology, plant-animal interrelationships, the marvels of seed dispersal, and much more. Take home a selection of native plant seeds to plant and gain ideas for discovery-based activities to enhance your teaching about seeds and plants. Fee: $25 ($22 members)
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
11/5/2017 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods and Fruit
Spaces Remaining: 166
Join us for this engrossing, narrated hour-long talk based on her award-winning Timber Press title of the same name. “Every seed tells a story.” Though small and often not noticed or examined carefully, seeds are simply amazing—what they look like, what they do, how they do it, as they work towards their astounding goal of self-replication. Teri’s tour finds strangeness and fascination in the seeds of plants as familiar as oaks and dandelions, and as curious as figs and hellebores. View the gorgeous photographs by Robert Llewellyn (she will explain his “image-stacking” technique). A reception and book signing will follow. Free; preregistration required.
Reeves Auditorium
11/8/2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Native Seed Collection Walk
Spaces Remaining: 14
Join us at Mason Farm Biological Reserve for a tour highlighting some of the piedmont’s best fall flora while it is in seed. Participants will learn how to identify plants in seed, how to judge seed quality in the field, the fundamentals of collection, and proper seed storage. Tour participates can expect an approximately 1.5 mile walk over level terrain. Fee: $12 (NCBG Members $ 10.80)
Mason Farm Biological Reserve
11/11/2017 1:15 PM to 4:45 PM
Edibles on Paper: Indian Corn
Spaces Remaining: 8
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 11 and 12 from 1:15 – 4:45 PM Maize or Indian corn has been domesticated throughout the Western hemisphere and revered by Native Americans for thousands of years. The multi-colored seed kernels are incredibly beautiful in their various forms. A fantastic Fall subject to paint in transparent watercolor. Join us for a weekend workshop, where you will sketch and then paint a realistic ear of corn using wet washes, dry brush and glazing. Watercolor experience helpful. Fee: $81 ($73 members). Supply Fee Included. Bring your own paint or loan a watercolor palette for $2.00 from instructor.
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
11/12/2017 1:15 PM to 4:45 PM
Edibles on Paper: Indian Corn
Spaces Remaining: 8
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 11 and 12 from 1:15 – 4:45 PM Maize or Indian corn has been domesticated throughout the Western hemisphere and revered by Native Americans for thousands of years. The multi-colored seed kernels are incredibly beautiful in their various forms. A fantastic Fall subject to paint in transparent watercolor. Join us for a weekend workshop, where you will sketch and then paint a realistic ear of corn using wet washes, dry brush and glazing. Watercolor experience helpful. Fee: $81 ($73 members). Supply Fee Included. Bring your own paint or loan a watercolor palette for $2.00 from instructor.
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
11/16/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Sav(or)ing Our Seeds - Cacao to Chocolate
Spaces Remaining: 95
Come learn all about chocolate, Theobroma cacao, from its botanical origins in the Americas to how it is made into the Food of the Gods. Pete, a budding bean to bar chocolate maker, leads us in this tasty exploration into the world of cacao, culminating with a tasting of some of his Durham-made Muzina Chocolate. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
11/30/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Seeding Relationships: The Philosophy of Giant Pumpkin Growing
Spaces Remaining: 96
Join us for an exhilarating and comical journey through competition giant pumpkin growing. Explore the connections between indigenous cultures, ecological relationships, and producing these massive fruit, some up to 2,000 pounds! Learn how a small seed can bring together families, and communities, and inspire future generations with green thumbs. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
December
12/1/2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Book Review: An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds by Jonathan Silvertown
Spaces Remaining: 18
Join us for a book discussion that will change the way in which we see the world. This book is one for anyone interested in nature. Seeds come to life through entertaining stories of the botany of seeds, their diversity, evolution and fate. Fee: $15 (NCBG Members $14). About the book: 'The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution. From the tiny sesame that we sprinkle on our bagels to the forty-five-pound double coconut borne by the coco de mer tree, seeds are a perpetual reminder of the complexity and diversity of life on earth. With An Orchard Invisible, Jonathan Silvertown presents the oft-ignored seed with the natural history it deserves, one nearly as varied and surprising as the earth’s flora itself. Beginning with the evolution of the first seed plant from fernlike ancestors more than 360 million years ago, Silvertown carries his tale through epochs and around the globe. In a clear and engaging style, he delves into the science of seeds: How and why do some lie dormant for years on end? How did seeds evolve? The wide variety of uses that humans have developed for seeds of all sorts also receives a fascinating look, studded with examples, including foods, oils, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals. An able guide with an eye for the unusual, Silvertown is happy to take readers on unexpected—but always interesting—tangents, from Lyme disease to human color vision to the Salem witch trials. But he never lets us forget that the driving force behind the story of seeds—its theme, even—is evolution, with its irrepressible habit of stumbling upon new solutions to the challenges of life.' -UChicago Press
C. Ritchie Bell Seminar Room
12/2/2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Seeds as Medicine
Spaces Remaining: 14
This two hour class takes us on an explorative journey from the tiny sesame to the giant coconut. We will discover the medicinal and edible properties offered by many of our most common seeds. Besides holding the genetic imprint for the continuation of their species, they also contain many life supporting nutrients that support the physical and emotional well-being of humans and other members of the animal kingdom. Let’s explore this vast cornucopia of color, shapes and sizes and see what new surprises Mother Nature have in store for us. Fee: $24 (Members $21.60)
Joslin Classroom II (C107)
12/2/2017 1:15 PM to 4:45 PM
Delicate Seed Heads in 'Draw Brush'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Fine tune your dry brush skills with “Draw Brush”, a technique used to apply watercolor using a brush as though it were a pencil. Create a highly detailed monochromatic study to capture the delicate form of a seed head using brown and black watercolor paint. Paper and paint included. Watercolor experience helpful. Fee: $42 ($38 NCBG Members).
Joslin Classroom I (C106)
12/3/2017 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Holiday Tree with Seeds
Spaces Remaining: 99
Join us for a festive and fun workshop using seeds and pods for creative ornaments and natural garlands. Thanks in advance for helping to trim our Holiday Tree with Seeds! Free. Preregistration required.
Reeves Auditorium
12/7/2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Native Seed Mixes in Restoration
Spaces Remaining: 98
Learn about hand collection of native seed at the commercial level. Sharon will present species-specific information and stories about where to collect, when to collect, ripeness, and storage. You’ll also learn how to create seed mixes for ecological restoration, and how to ensure success with seeding projects. About LUNCHBOX Talks: Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Pre-registration required.
Reeves Auditorium
12/9/2017 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Natural Ornaments - Family Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 6
For ages 5 & up with accompanying adult. Decorate for the holidays naturally with acorns, pinecones, milkweed pods, and more! Use your imagination to craft your own unique ornament with materials that nature supplies. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate to celebrate your creative work. All materials included. Note: Adult chaperone required. Fee: $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult
Joslin Combined Classroom (C106 & C107)