Youth Classes & Workshops

boyingarden.jpg"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.


 

April 2015

Toddler Yoga
Thursday, 4/2/2015 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
- $10/adult child pair, $5 additional child
Thursdays, April 2, May 7 and June 4, 10:30-11:30am

Instructor: Claudia Cottier, Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor
This program combines unique preschooler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories and games to create an enriching parent-child activity. Children also learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills and increase attention span by actively following directions. No yoga experience is required. Children age 2 1/2 to 5 years old.

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

Spring Saturday Youth Gardening - Session A
Saturdays, 4/4/2015 - 5/2/2015 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member $65, Non-member $90
Experience the joy of gardening for all ages. Children in grades K  5 will learn how to prepare the garden for planting and the difference between cold season crops and warm season plants as we prepare six packs and pots for future planting. Children will care for their garden, learn when to harvest and how great food from the garden tastes when we go inside to cook what has been grown.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Garden Discovery Progarms for Ages 3 - 5 with Adult
Wednesday, 4/8/2015 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Classroom C--Stoddard Center - Included with Admission. Free for members.
These monthly year-round programs are designed for children ages 3-5 and their parent or caregiver. This program begins inside with a simple craft or art project and story time. Then participants step outside for a short walk to discover what (or who!) is new in the garden. Please dress for the weather so you and a child can be the first to see the Garden come alive in the springtime!

Springtime Magic
What makes this time of year so wonderful? The first warm breezes and April showers help wake up the gardens. Everything you see, hear, touch and smell is part of this yearly renewal. See what magical discoveries there are in the early spring garden.

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

Spring After School Youth Gardening - Session A
Thursdays, 4/9/2015 - 5/7/2015 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
- member $50, Non-member $75
Experience the joy of gardening for all ages. Children in grades K  5 will learn how to prepare the garden for planting and the difference between cold season crops and warm season plants as we prepare six packs and pots for future planting. Children will care for their garden, learn when to harvest and how great food from the garden tastes when we go inside to cook what has been grown.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Fairy House Display Wood Sprite Village
Saturday, 4/18/2015 - Sunday, 4/26/2015 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
The fairies, sprites and gnomes have returned!
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Children's Crafts
Saturday, 4/18/2015 - Sunday, 4/26/2015 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Join us each day for a garden-themed craft.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Spring Fling Family Hike
Monday, 4/20/2015 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Look for the buds and blooms of early spring.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Story Time
Monday, 4/20/2015 - Saturday, 4/25/2015 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
The Orangerie - Included with Admission. Free for members.
Enjoy a book and read aloud in the conservatory.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Story Time
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 4/20/2015 - 4/25/2015 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Enjoy a book read aloud in the conservatory.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Fairy House Fun
Tuesday, 4/21/2015 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
- Member: $15, Non-member: $18.
Instructor: Sandy Reardon, Youth Education Coordinator
What would happen if you built a house for the fairies to live in? Would they come? Come hear the story of a girl who built a fairy house in the woods and discovered that more than fairies came to visit. Then build your own fairy house and garden in a basket to bring home to your backyard or other special place. Baskets and natural construction materials will be supplied. Suitable for ages 4 and up (adult helpers are welcome).
Classes fill up quickly, early registration is recommended.

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

Family Yoga
Wednesday, 4/22/2015 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
- $10/adult child pair, $5 additional child
Instructor: Claudia Cottier, Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor
This special family yoga class is designed to bring busy families together! Individual partner/group work offer opportunities for strengthening family bonds while promoting individual growth. Class content will vary but may include yoga-based activities, yoga postures, games, partner work, compassionate touch, story time and art craft, as well the opportunity to reflect together and rest through visualization and relaxation. We recommend bringing your own mat if you have one. Otherwise we have some to borrow. Please dress for movement and bring a water bottle with a spouted top.

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

Earth Day Crafts
Wednesday, 4/22/2015 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Celebrate Earth Day by making a special craft out of re-usable and natural materials. Your imagination is the limit - piggy banks, nature journals, vases, gift boxes and more.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

Fairy House Fun
Thursday, 4/23/2015 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
- Member: $15, Non-member: $18.
Instructor: Sandy Reardon, Youth Education Coordinator
What would happen if you built a house for the fairies to live in? Would they come? Come hear the story of a girl who built a fairy house in the woods and discovered that more than fairies came to visit. Then build your own fairy house and garden in a basket to bring home to your backyard or other special place. Baskets and natural construction materials will be supplied. Suitable for ages 4 and up (adult helpers are welcome).
Classes fill up quickly, early registration is recommended.

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

Introduction to Bonsai for Kids
Friday, 4/24/2015 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Member: $50., Non-member: $60.
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.


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

Spring Fling Family Hike
Saturday, 4/25/2015 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Look for the buds and blooms of early spring.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.

May 2015

Toddler Yoga
Thursday, 5/7/2015 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
- $10/adult child pair, $5 additional child

Instructor: Claudia Cottier, Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor
This program combines unique preschooler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories and games to create an enriching parent-child activity. Children also learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills and increase attention span by actively following directions. No yoga experience is required. Children age 2 1/2 to 5 years old.

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

Spring Saturday Youth Gardening - Session B
Saturdays, 5/9/2015 - 6/6/2015 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member $65, Non-member $90
Experience the joy of gardening for all ages. Children in grades K  5 will learn how to prepare the garden for planting and the difference between cold season crops and warm season plants as we prepare six packs and pots for future planting. Children will care for their garden, learn when to harvest and how great food from the garden tastes when we go inside to cook what has been grown.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Spring After School Youth Gardening - Session B
Thursdays, 5/14/2015 - 6/11/2015 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
- member $50, Non-member $75
Experience the joy of gardening for all ages. Children in grades K  5 will learn how to prepare the garden for planting and the difference between cold season crops and warm season plants as we prepare six packs and pots for future planting. Children will care for their garden, learn when to harvest and how great food from the garden tastes when we go inside to cook what has been grown.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail registrar@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

June 2015

Toddler Yoga
Thursday, 6/4/2015 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
- $10/adult child pair, $5 additional child

Instructor: Claudia Cottier, Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor
This program combines unique preschooler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories and games to create an enriching parent-child activity. Children also learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills and increase attention span by actively following directions. No yoga experience is required. Children age 2 1/2 to 5 years old.

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

A Boylston Public Library/Tower Hill Botanic Garden READ-IN!
Wednesday, 6/24/2015 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
- Included with Admission.

Visit either the Tower Hill or Boylston Public Library, pick out a book and find a great place to sit and read at Tower Hill. Take advantage of the longer day and all Tower Hill has to offer on a Wednesday night.Twigs Café, The Shop, extensive gardens and a beautiful view.

Free for members and all with a Boylston Public Library Card. Registration not required.

Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden and Boylston Public Library
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x116.

Click on a title above for more details and to register.

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