Youth Classes & Workshops

"Children love things that grow. That is probably why few toys can ever hold their attention as long as a garden will. Everything about a garden appeals to them. Planting a seed is a privilege they are ready to fight for, and day after day they will come back to see if it has begun to sprout. Watching a bud unfold is another experience that fills them with wonderment. It is no exaggeration to say that the youngster who does not have his own garden or flower box, or just a single flowerpot, is being deprived of one of childhood's most treasured possessions." --Dorothy Edwards Shuttlesworth, "Exploring Nature with Your Child", published in 1952.

Gardening isn't just for adults! The Garden invites children and families to engage their natural curiosity and discover the intriguing world of plants, science, nature, art, and culture. We are constantly developing our program offerings for youth, below is a listing of what's coming up, but if you'd like to partner with us in combatting "Nature Deficit Disorder" contact us today.


 

July 2015

Garden Discovery: Lovely Ladybugs
Wednesday, 7/8/2015 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Included with admission.
For Ages 3-5 with Adult


July 8: Lovely Lady Bugs

Programs are designed for children ages 3-5 and their parent or caregiver. Well begin inside with a craft and story time. Then we step outside for a short walk to discover what is new in the garden, so please dress for the weather.


Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Garden Sprouts: Tops and Bottoms
Tuesday, 7/14/2015 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member $10, Non-Member $15
Instructor: Sandra Reardon, Youth Education Coordinator

This six week program is developed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and features outdoor fun in the Youth Garden. We will introduce young children to the world of plants and nature. Classes will include hands on activities or crafts and a story. Children must be accompanied by and adult.

Participants may sign up for individual classes or the series.

July 14: Tops and Bottoms - what plant parts do we eat and just where do they grow?

July 21: Fabulous Fruits  What special fruits are growing in the Youth Garden? You may be surprised!

July 28: Busy Bees and Sunflowers  Learn the buzz about bees and why they are a gardeners best friend!

Aug. 4: Looking for Rainbows  There are rainbows in the sky and a rainbow of colors in the garden just waiting to be discovered.

August 11: Winged Wonders  The garden is home to more than our friend the bee, come discover who else loves to visit the garden and helps the plants!

August 18: Salad Celebration  Celebrate our final class with vegetables picked fresh from the garden and ready to eat! Sure to be some crunchy, munchy fun!

Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Dig In! Family Drop-In Program
Thursdays, 7/16/2015 - 8/20/2015 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
- Included with admission.
Have family time while helping in the garden and planting the seeds of knowledge. For all ages with parent or caregiver.


Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Bugs in Our Backyard Display
Sunday, 7/26/2015 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
- Included with admission.
Get to know the bugs in our own backyard! Biodiversity isn't something limited to exotic tropical rainforests. Cities and towns across America posses an amazing diversity of insects adapted to life right in our backyard. Geneticist and insect biologist Dr. Dave Angelini of Colby College will share pictures and stories of bugs, beetles, bees and other backyard insects, and will bring live insects, too.

Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Garden Sprouts: Busy Bees & Sunflowers
Tuesday, 7/28/2015 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member $10, Non-Member $15
Instructor: Sandra Reardon, Youth Education Coordinator

This six week program is developed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and features outdoor fun in the Youth Garden. We will introduce young children to the world of plants and nature. Classes will include hands on activities or crafts and a story. Children must be accompanied by and adult.

Participants may sign up for individual classes or the series.

July 28: Busy Bees and Sunflowers  Learn the buzz about bees and why they are a gardeners best friend!

Aug. 4: Looking for Rainbows  There are rainbows in the sky and a rainbow of colors in the garden just waiting to be discovered.

August 11: Winged Wonders  The garden is home to more than our friend the bee, come discover who else loves to visit the garden and helps the plants!

August 18: Salad Celebration  Celebrate our final class with vegetables picked fresh from the garden and ready to eat! Sure to be some crunchy, munchy fun!

Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Children's Botanical Sun Prints Workshp
Friday, 7/31/2015 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Member: $20, Non-member: $30
Use the power of the sun to create art using plant materials gathered at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Ages 6 and up.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

August 2015

Garden Sprouts: Looking for Rainbows
Tuesday, 8/4/2015 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member $10, Non-member $15
Instructor: Sandra Reardon, Youth Education Coordinator

This six week program is developed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and features outdoor fun in the Youth Garden. We will introduce young children to the world of plants and nature. Classes will include hands on activities or crafts and a story. Children must be accompanied by and adult.

Participants may sign up for individual classes or the series.

Aug. 4: Looking for Rainbows  There are rainbows in the sky and a rainbow of colors in the garden just waiting to be discovered.

August 11: Winged Wonders  The garden is home to more than our friend the bee, come discover who else loves to visit the garden and helps the plants!

August 18: Salad Celebration  Celebrate our final class with vegetables picked fresh from the garden and ready to eat! Sure to be some crunchy, munchy fun!

Sponsored by: Tower HIll Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Bubble Bowl Terrariums for Teens
Wednesday, 8/5/2015 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
- Member $60, Non-member $70
Instructor: Virginia Orlando, Seed to Stem

Create a beautiful tiny world within an 8" bubble bowl. Learn how to plant and care for a variety of lush green plants that will thrive in indirect light. We will use crystals, stones, moss and other natural objects to make each piece unique.

Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Introduction to Bonsai for Teens
Saturday, 8/8/2015 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Member $60, Non-Member $70
Instructor: Glen Lord

Learn about bonsai, the ancient Japanese method of growing, pruning and caring for a miniature tree in a small pot. Bonsai is a blend of horticulture and art, and this workshop will help students find the right path to enjoying this rewarding hobby. They will learn the history, methods and tools used in bonsai, with a focus on basic pruning, styling, potting and aftercare for tropical bonsai. Students will make their own beginner tropical tree to take home. Instruction, bonsai plant, tools, soil and pot are all included in the cost of this class.

Glen Lord is a long-time grower of bonsai. He is an authority on bonsai and and currently Is the Bonsai Specialist at the Arnold Arboretum. Glen has been actively growing and collecting bonsai and educating students about bonsai for many years.

Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Garden Sprouts: Winged Wonders
Tuesday, 8/11/2015 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member $10, Non-member $15
Instructor: Sandra Reardon, Youth Education Coordinator

This six week program is developed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and features outdoor fun in the Youth Garden. We will introduce young children to the world of plants and nature. Classes will include hands on activities or crafts and a story. Children must be accompanied by and adult.

Participants may sign up for individual classes or the series.

August 11: Winged Wonders  The garden is home to more than our friend the bee, come discover who else loves to visit the garden and helps the plants!

August 18: Salad Celebration  Celebrate our final class with vegetables picked fresh from the garden and ready to eat! Sure to be some crunchy, munchy fun!

Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Bees and Bears! Teddy Bear Picnic
Sunday, 8/16/2015 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
- Included with admission.
Bring your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to the 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Pack a picnic lunch for the whole family and join in the fun. Bears love honey and we love honeybees! Learn about bees, honey and why they are so important to gardens. Well have crafts and games for the kids and of course a Teddy Bear parade at 2:30pm. Mark your calendars and join us as we celebrate bees and bears.


Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Garden Sprouts: Salad Celebration
Tuesday, 8/18/2015 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member $10, Non-member $15
Instructor: Sandra Reardon, Youth Education Coordinator

This six week program is developed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and features outdoor fun in the Youth Garden. We will introduce young children to the world of plants and nature. Classes will include hands on activities or crafts and a story. Children must be accompanied by and adult.

Participants may sign up for individual classes or the series.

August 18: Salad Celebration  Celebrate our final class with vegetables picked fresh from the garden and ready to eat! Sure to be some crunchy, munchy fun!

Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Live Caterpillar Show
Sunday, 8/23/2015 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
- Included with admission.
The ever popular Caterpillar Lab returns to Tower Hill Botanic Garden for a unique display of these fascinating and beautiful creatures. Enjoy a close up look at some of the most spectacular live caterpillars found in New England.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

September 2015

Garden Discovery: Seeds Travel
Wednesday, 9/9/2015 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Included with admission.
Ages 3-5 with Adult

September 9: Seeds Travel

Programs are designed for children ages 3-5 and their parent or caregiver. Well begin inside with a craft and story time. Then we step outside for a short walk to discover what is new in the garden, so please dress for the weather.


Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

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