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.


 

Ongoing Events

Story Thyme in the Garden
Tuesdays, 7/8/2014 - 8/19/2014 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Visit the Youth Garden and enjoy a story among the herbs, vegetables and flowers that are growing this season. 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.

Dig In! Family Drop In Programs
Thursdays, 7/10/2014 - 8/21/2014 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Thursdays, July 10 through August 21, 9:30  11:00

Get in some family-fun time while helping in the garden and planting seeds of knowledge about the natural world. Activities change weekly. For all ages with parent or caregiver.

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

July 2014

Garden Sprouts Summer: Busy Bees and Sunflowers
Tuesday, 7/22/2014 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Classroom C--Stoddard Center - Member: $10, Non-member: $15.
This six week program is developed for preschoolers ages 3 through kindergarten 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 as many or as few as they choose.
July 8: Tops and Bottoms - what plant parts do we eat and just where do they grow?
July 15: Fabulous Fruits  What special fruits are growing in the Youth Garden? You may be surprised!
July 22: Busy Bees and Sunflowers  Learn the buzz about bees and why they are a gardeners best
friend!
July 29: Looking for Rainbows  There are rainbows in the sky and a rainbow of colors in the garden just
waiting to be discovered.
August 5: 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 12: 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 thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Firefly Walk
Wednesday, 7/23/2014 7:30 PM-8:45 AM
- Member: $5, Non-member: $15.
Join us for an exciting evening in the garden when we hunt for twinkling fireflies. We'll start with a story and learn all about these amazing members of the insect world, and make a glowing firefly to take home. Then we will venture out into the dark to scout out these elusive bugs and listen to the sound of the night garden!


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

Garden Sprouts: Looking for Rainbows
Tuesday, 7/29/2014 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member: $10, Non-member: $15. per adult/child pair
Garden Sprouts Summer 2014
Tuesdays, July 8 through August 5 - 10:00 to 11:00am
Member $10, Non-member $15 - adult/child pair

This six week program is developed for preschoolers ages 3 through kindergarten 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 as many or as few as they choose.

July 8: Tops and Bottoms - what plant parts do we eat and just where do they grow?
July 15: Fabulous Fruits  What special fruits are growing in the Youth Garden? You may be surprised!
July 22: Busy Bees and Sunflowers  Learn the buzz about bees and why they are a gardeners best best friend.

July 29: Looking for Rainbows  There are rainbows in the sky and a rainbow of colors in the garden just waiting to be discovered.

August 5: Winged Wonders  The garden is home to more than our friend the bee, come discover who else loves to visit the garden. August 12: Salad Celebration  Celebrate our final class with vegetables picked fresh from the garden and ready to eat!



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

August 2014

Garden Sprouts Summer: Winged Wonder
Tuesday, 8/5/2014 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member: $10, Non-member: $15.
This six week program is developed for preschoolers ages 3 through kindergarten 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 as many or as few as they choose.
July 8: Tops and Bottoms - what plant parts do we eat and just where do they grow?
July 15: Fabulous Fruits  What special fruits are growing in the Youth Garden? You may be surprised!
July 22: Busy Bees and Sunflowers  Learn the buzz about bees and why they are a gardeners best
friend!
July 29: Looking for Rainbows  There are rainbows in the sky and a rainbow of colors in the garden just
waiting to be discovered.
August 5: 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 12: 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 thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Garden Sprouts Summer: Salad Celebration
Tuesday, 8/12/2014 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Member: $10, Non-member: $15.
This program is developed for preschoolers ages 3 through kindergarten 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.


August 12th: Salad Celebration
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, 8/13/2014 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Classroom C--Stoddard Center - Included with Admission. Free for members.
Garden Discovery Program
For ages 3-5 with Adult
Wednesdays, August 13, and September 10, 10-11am
Included with Admission
Monthly programs are designed for children ages 3-5 and their parent or caregiver. Begin inside with an activity and story time. Then step outside for a short walk to discover the summertime garden. Please dress for the weather so you and a child can explore the Garden rain or shine!


August 13: Frog Songs
Now is the perfect time to explore the ponds and pools of Tower Hill. Find out how many different types of frogs call Tower Hill home and learn some unique songs.
September 10: The Apple Pie Tree
Its apple picking time and Tower Hill has a very special collection. Join us as we walk the orchard and learn how apples grow and who was a part of their journey.



For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Katydids Calling
Wednesday, 8/13/2014 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Have you ever wondered what all that noise is on late summer evenings? Katydids get their name from how their song sounds: "Katy did, Katy didn't." They rub their wings together to produce their song sound, which serves as part of their courtship and their ears are where their knees should be. Learn all about these fascinating katydids and the other singing insects, and then go for a listen as they serenade the Garden. 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.

Bees and Bears!
Saturday, 8/16/2014 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Bring your favorite teddy bear to the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic and celebrate National Honey Bee Day with your best friend in the beautiful gardens of Tower Hill. Pack a picnic lunch for the whole family and join in the fun. Learn about bees, honey and why they are so important to gardens. Well have crafts for the kids and some special nibbles and of course a Teddy Bear parade at 2pm. Mark your calendars and join us as we celebrate bees and bears!


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

Evening Frog Songs
Wednesday, 8/20/2014 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
As evening falls the pandemonium of frog calls multiplies and grows as the cool night welcomes these tailless amphibians. Join us as we prowl the ponds and water gardens on this moonlit adventure, looking and listening for the varied frogs that inhabit Tower Hill and their amazing songs. 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.

LIVE Caterpillar Show
Saturday, 8/23/2014 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
As seen on PBS, biologist, photographer and educator Sam Jaffe of the Caterpillar Lab returns to Tower Hill 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 508-869-6111x124.

September 2014

Garden Discovery Progarms for Ages 3 - 5 with Adult
Wednesday, 9/10/2014 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Garden Discovery Program
For ages 3-5 with Adult

Wednesday, September 10, 10-11am
Included with Admission
Monthly programs are designed for children ages 3-5 and their parent or caregiver. Begin inside with an activity and story time. Then step outside for a short walk to discover the summertime garden. Please dress for the weather so you and a child can explore the Garden rain or shine!


September 10: The Apple Pie Tree
Its apple picking time and Tower Hill has a very special collection. Join us as we walk the orchard and learn how apples grow and who was a part of their journey.



For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111x124.

Youth Garden "Workout"
Saturday, 9/27/2014 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
- Included with Admission. Free for members.
Join us as we work outside in the Youth garden to celebrate Take A Child Outside week. Get your hands dirty as we dig for potatoes, harvest some vegetables and empty the compost bin. Even now as the garden is winding down there is still work to be done. See what is still growing and learn about composting for the garden next spring. A snack will be provided and well finish with a garden-inspired craft.


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

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