CHILDREN'S CLASSES

Roots & Shoots Program

It's never too early to start to cultivate a love of plants!  Caregivers learn alongside their child during this active hands-on program, where we investigate and grow plants, make garden fresh snacks, read books, go on scavenger hunts, explore nature, and create botanical crafts all within the setting of a 1/2 acre garden.  Each week we will explore a different garden theme, such as: botany, seasons, soil, herbs, native animals and habitats, food preservation, seed saving, and much more!  Each week participants will take home plants to care for and/or freshly harvested produce when available.

DUE TO COVID-19, THE AGES OF THIS PROGRAM WILL BE EXTENDED TO YEARS 2-8.  (NORMALLY, THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO CHILDREN YEARS 2-5.)  FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY, PLEASE PLAN ON WEARING MASKS UNLESS RECOMMENDATIONS CHANGE.

Fall 2020

September 10 & 17

Thursdays 4-5pm

Program is $30 for 1 adult & 1 child for both classes.  Additional sibling is $12.

Classes are held outside and are rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!  

Minimum enrollment of 6 participants needed, maximum of 10

Budding Botanists Program

This is a drop-off program for children in grades K-5 or entering grades 1-6 next fall.  In this hands-on program, children help care for and grow edible plants in a 1/2 acre garden setting. In addition to helping maintain the crops, children participate in cooking, exploring nature, science investigations, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, and other fun garden-based activities.  Each class will explore a different seasonally appropriate theme, such as: botany, plant adaptations, soil properties, native animals and habitats, food preservation, seed saving, local food systems, and much more!  Participants will take home plants to care for and freshly harvested produce.

DUE TO COVID-19, THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE HELD THIS YEAR, AND WILL RESUME IN 2021!

Summer Camp 2020  

(for children entering grades 1-6)

August 10, 11, 13 & 14 (no class on 8/12)

9:30am - 1pm

$100

Participants will help maintain various rows of crops by weeding, seeding, transplanting, watering and harvesting.  We will explore soil composition, botany, insects, pollination, flowers, ethnobotany, plant dyes, and food preservation.  Each day students will prepare a fresh snack and take home plants and harvested produce. 

Classes are held outside and are rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!  We will prepare a fresh snack each day based on our theme of study.  Please pack a lunch for summer program.

Minimum enrollment of 6 participants needed, maximum of 12

Frequently asked questions:

Are drop-ins allowed, or must participants register in advance?

In order to have enough materials prepared, advance registration and payment is required.  This can be mailed in or paid via Venmo.

Can I attend just one class?

Similar to above, consistent attendance enables me to properly prepare each lesson, and so I ask participants to commit to the entire session.

Are refunds given for missed classes?

Unfortunately, no refunds are given for missed classes.  Should the class be cancelled due to extreme weather or because I am sick, then a make-up class will be scheduled.

What if it is snowing out?

Class may be cancelled if there is a winter storm warning or if the weather is too dangerous for travel.  If so, there will be a scheduled make up class.  

What if it is raining out?

Spring and summer classes are rain or shine!  We have a porch we will use for shelter if the rain is heavy.  But we will always go out into the garden to do some work, even in rain, unless it is a downpour.

What should we bring for class?

Appropriate dress wear, water bottle, sunscreen in the summer, and a harvest bag.

How do I register?

Fill out the waiver form below and email me at jenine.osbon@gmail.com.  You do not need to fill out an additional waiver if you have attended prior seasons.  

 

Program waiver