Mondays, September - November
Garden Sprouts Garden Sprouts learn about plants, animals and nature using stories, arts and crafts, and nature walks, and movement to explore each week’s seasonal theme. This program is ideal for preschoolers, but all ages are encouraged to join in the fun!
Sept. 3 Butterflies are Patient ~ We’ll begin with the beautiful book Butterflies Are Patient, visit the butterfly garden to see the butterfly life cycle. Then we’ll make our very own butterfly wings to take home.
Sept. 10 Growing in the Garden ~ We’ll begin by finding out How a Seed Grows, then we’ll go to the Children’s Garden to plant some fall veggie seeds. On our way, we’ll check out all the seeds that have been made this fall, and even gather some to plant for next year! Finish by planting some veggie seeds to take home.
Sept. 17 Wriggly Worms ~ First we’ll find out about Wriggling Worms at Work, then we’ll visit our worm bin to take a close up look at these special garden friends. Make your own worm home to take home.
Sept. 24 All About Apples ~ Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday two days early! We learn about Johnny Appleseed’s life, taste some yummy apples and play some apple games.
Oct. 1 Growing in the Garden ~ We’ll listen to the rollicking tale of The Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, then we’ll visit the Children’s Garden to see what’s happening as fall takes hold. We’ll fashion our own potato scarecrows and bird scarers to protect our seedings – and make one to take home too.
Oct. 8 Backyard Birds ~ We’ll read about Wild Birds and visit the bird feeders in the Children’s Garden to see who is visiting. On the way, we’ll do some rusty bird spotting to practice our observations skills. We’ll finish up by making our own bird feeders to feed the birds.
Oct. 15 Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones ~ In this fun book we’ll take a close up look at bird eggs, big and small, and learn about the other animals that lay eggs. We’ll make our own nest and eggs to take home.
Oct. 22 Fall Walk ~ We’ll begin by hearing the story of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves and start thinking about the changes that trees experience as the temperature drops and the days get shorter. On our nature walk we’ll explore the forest and find beautiful leaves to make a picture to treasure.
Oct. 29 Pumpkin Magic ~ Pumpkins are a wonderful fall fruit and in this Garden Sprouts we’ll learn more about them. We’ll meet Little Boo, a pumpkin seed who wants to be scary, and we’ll decorate a pumpkin to take home.
Nov. 5 Growing in the Garden ~ Today, we’ll read Stone Soup and think about vegetables. November is perfect for planting onions and garlic and we’ll visit the Children’s Garden to do some planting and check on progress of our veggies and even eat some.
Nov. 12 Making Garden Art ~ We’ll read the Big Yellow Sunflower. As the Garden starts to go to sleep, we want to create some new color for the garden we’ll paint and plant wooden sunflowers and paint one to take home.
Nov. 19 Colors of Fall ~ In this Garden Sprouts we’ll paint with the colors of fall. Go on a forest walk to gather fall leaves and then use them to make beautiful printed fall cards for thanksgiving.
Nov. 26 The Gruffalo ~ Meet the mystical Gruffalo and search for his animal companions in a trek around the Garden’s pond. Can you find snake, fox or even the Gruffalo. This last Garden Sprouts of the year is sure to be full of surprises!
Monday, November 26 at 10:00am to 11:00am
Conference Center, lower level