Creating the Green Thumbs of Tomorrow!
Class Size: Limited to 20 children
Schedule: 9:00am - 11:00am every Tuesday and Thursday in July (8 - 2hr sessions)
Cost: $30 per child, or $20 with family membership
Sessions: 8 sessions that engage and expose the children to many different aspects of a botanical garden.
How to Register: Stop by the Front Desk of the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center or call (605) 688-6707. (Registration deadline: May 1st)
1. Tuesday, July 5th – Get to know McCrory Tour - We will cover what a botanical garden is and what they do while touring the grounds and facilities. We will get a chance to learn more about what the staff does day to day.
2. Thursday, July 7th– Get to know the Arboretum – Today we will tour the Arboretum and look at many different types of trees and their unique traits, such as how you might be able to identify them at home, and what they may be used for, both by people and by nature. We will also look at some shrubs in the arboretum.
3. Tuesday, July 12th – Bird Banding - This activity will cover the "hows" and "whys" of banding birds; and will also give students a hands-on experience to see how birds are safely captured, banded, measured and released.
4. Thursday, July 14th – Water and Irrigation - This time we will look more closely at our irrigation system and how it works. We will investigate the new systems that conserve water, put together some irrigation parts, and watch some of our own systems in action!
5. Tuesday, July 19th – Sensory, Herb, Medicinal, and Vegetable Garden - This will be a fun look at our Herb Garden, where we get the opportunity to see, touch, smell, listen, and maybe even taste the plants. We will also talk about the different plants and what they might be used for at home.
6. Thursday, July 21st – Art in the Garden - Staff will have collected some items out in the garden that you can use to create your own piece of natural art to take home with you.
7. Tuesday, July 26th – Insects - We will explore the garden looking for insects that are pollinating (bees and butterflies), eating plants (caterpillars), and eating other insects (beetles and true bugs). We will also talk about how caterpillars become butterflies, what makes a bug, and how monarchs find their way home.
8. Thursday, July 28th – Wrap-up and scavenger hunt - During this class we’ll take off and hunt for different things we learned about throughout the summer.