Education for Children and Families
The Botanical Garden is a wonderful place for families and children. Listed below are current programs we offer that are designed for children of specific ages, or for whole families. Registration instructions are in the sidebar at right.
- Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature (ages 4 - 5) ↓
- Blazing Stars Afterschool Nature Club (ages 6 - 8) ↓
- Nature Illustration through the Seasons, Part I: Spring! (ages 8 - 12) ↓
- Nature Painting with Watercolor (ages 7 - 11) ↓
- Nature Tales: Storytime at the Garden (ages 3 - 5 w/adult) ↓
- NATURE EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMP
Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature (6-session class, ages 4 - 5)
Mondays, Mar 18 - April 29 (no class 4/1); 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Learning comes naturally for 4- and 5-year-olds during this popular, fun-filled series that fosters a sense of wonder for the natural world through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, stories, crafts, and group play. Preschoolers will "dig in" to the vegetable garden, dip in the pond for tadpoles, observe birds up-close at feeders, and more. Healthy snack provided. Fee: $100 ($90 NCBG members)Register Now
Blazing-Stars: Afterschool Nature Club (ages 6 - 8)
Tuesdays, Mar 5 - Apr 30 (8 sessions, no class 4/2); 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on bees? Or that dragonflies begin their lives underwater? Explore the incredible world of butterflies, beetles, ants, and slugs and their relationships to plants and people. Students will sharpen observation skills and develop an understanding of the important role "bugs" play in nature. Hands-on activities, environmental games, and crafts make learning fun and engaging. Fee: $100 ($90 NCBG members)Register Now
Nature Illustration through the Seasons, Part I: Spring! (ages 8-12)
NEW for homeschoolers!
Wednesdays, March 20 - April 24 (6 sessions), 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Spring is the time of year when plants and animals seem to come back to life after the cold of winter. Bare trees begin to bud out, soon to reveal leaves. Turtles beneath the soil sense the sun’s warmth and stir themselves from hibernation. Wildflowers break through the soil's surface in moist woodlands and along roadsides.
Explore the art and science of seasonal change in the gardens, forests, and wetlands at the North Carolina Botanical Garden during this unique and exciting class that combines nature illustration techniques and hands-on science learning taught by artist and environmental educator, Bob Palmatier. Participants will learn studio techniques and use materials of professional nature illustrators. We will spend time outdoors sketching, observing, and learning about spring ecosystems, including salamander and bird migration, bud burst, spring wildflowers, and more. Matted illustrations completed during the course by each student will be displayed at a Spring Nature Art Show at the Garden, with an artists' reception for friends and family! Fee: $175 ($160 NCBG members), includes student art kit and use of professional supplies.Register Now
Nature Painting with Watercolor (ages 7 - 11)
Saturdays, April 27 - May 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nature's wonders inspire artists of all ages. Join us as we explore sketching in the garden and producing watercolor paintings of our discoveries. Several nature themes will be focused on as we learn to transfer our sketches to watercolor paper, compose our images, and add color with watercolor. A collaborative project will be included in our work together and will be hung at the Garden for all to enjoy. Fee: $80 ($72 NCBG members), includes all supplies.Register Now
Nature Tales: Storytime in the Garden (ages 3 - 5 w/ adult)
Thursdays, May 2 - Aug 8; 10:00 - 10:45 am
Join us Thursday mornings to listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the gardens. Program is held rain or shine. Fee, per child, per session: $3.50 ($3 NCBG members). Here are the themes for each Thursday session:
May 2 - Who Lives in a Pond?
May 9 - Animal Mommies
May 16 - Bird Bonanza
May 23 - Seed Surprise
May 30 - Colors of the Rainbow
Jun 6 - Flower Power
Jun 13 - Animal Daddies
Jun 20 - Home Sweet Home
Jun 27 - Terrific Trees
Jul 11 - Fairy Tales
Jul 18 - Crazy Caterpillars
Jul 25 - Hide & Seek
Aug 1 - Itsy Bitsy Spider
Aug 8 - Swim Hop Crawl
Return to the EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS page to find other public programs, such as Lectures, Classes and Workshops, Tours and Hikes, Art in the Garden.
Last updated by Laura Cotterman on April 21, 2013 at 06:24:37 pm.