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Slayton Arboretum 2015 Programs Flyer
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2015 Slayton Arboretum Program Schedule

For more details, contact Laurie Rosenberg, Program Coordinator, lrosenberg@hillsdale.edu, 517-607-2241.

Young Children’s Programs

Stories in the Garden!  Stories, songs, nature activities, crafts, snacks, games and fun for the young and young at heart.  This program is for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners, ages 3-6.  Parents should attend with 3-4 year olds and are welcome to attend with 5-6 year olds. 

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Cost: $1.00 per child for each program, space is limited, registration required one week in advance.

Register for one program or the whole series!  Call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

April 7   Signs of Spring
May 5   Frogs
June 2   Tree Apartment House
No program in July.  Sign up for “Kinder Gardeners” day camp!
Aug. 4   Muskrat’s Garden
Sept. 1   How to Hide a Butterfly
Oct. 6   Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Nov. 3   Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing!
Dec. 1   Nature Prepares for Winter

Classes, Camps and Family Programs

April 25: Celebrate the “Arbor” in Arboretum!

Trees take center stage on this day!  Take a self-guided tree hike, learn how to plant a tree properly, sing some tree songs, play some tree games, and take home a free seedling to plant. Program will begin at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

May 2: Spring Wildflower Walk

This naturalist-led walk will introduce you to the lovely line-up of spring wildflowers present in the Arboretum.  We’ll look at some of the popular wildflower field guides and learn how to use them.  Bring your camera if you like, and definitely bring your eye for beauty.

Ages: 7 years to adult
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Cost: Free

May 16: Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser

On sale will be a variety of high quality plants, including the 2015 Perennial Plant Association “Plant of the Year,” a beautiful spring blooming geranium hybrid called "Biokovo," named after a region in the Caucuses.  Other plants selected for the sale include a myriad of brightly colored and textured annuals for garden beds and flower boxes, a rainbow collection of heirloom tomatoes and eggplants, a variety of flavorful basils, bird and butterfly favorites, unique old-fashioned flowers and interesting groundcovers.  The sale will take place at the NEW location of the College’s greenhouse at Hayden Park on Barber Drive.  Ample parking is available at the new site.   Friends of the Arb will receive a 10% discount at the sale, if they like.

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

June 6: Family planting day – Fun for the whole family!

Join us as we plant the themed gardens of the Barber House Children’s Garden. Help us make pretty labels for all the interesting plants in the garden.  Learn how to plant seeds and potted starter plants.  Bring your garden gloves and wear clothes that don’t mind dirt!  Plant donations welcome! Please contact the Arboretum at (517) 607-2241 by May 29 so we can plan the work schedule.

June 27: Invasive Plants

Competition and habitat destruction caused by certain weedy plants are major threats to the survival of local plants, animals and their homes.  This program will familiarize you with some of the weeds on our “most wanted” list and teach you how to control them.  Please call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 one week beforehand to register for this program.

Ages: 10 years to adult.
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted for materials cost

July 6-10:  Nature Explorers Day Camp for 8-11 year olds.  Theme – Plant Craft

Spend the week at the Slayton Arboretum playing with plants and creating projects using them in fun ways.  Twig sculpture, fruity flowery snacks, seed and leaf art, scented candles and garden ornaments are examples of the projects we’ll tackle.  If you like to make things, this is the camp for you!  And we’ll still have songs, stories, jokes, games and hikes some of the time too!

Time: M-F, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $50.00 per child

July 20-24.  Kinder Gardeners Day Camp for 5-7 year olds.  Theme – Junior Scientists

Whether you’re a budding botanist (plant lover), entomologist (insect lover) or zoologist (animal lover) or geologist (rock collector) we’ll have something interesting for you to learn about and have fun with this week.  There will be stories, games, hikes and science crafts for you to experience every day.

Time: M-F, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Cost: $35.00 per child

Aug. 3-7.  Kinder Gardeners Day Camp for 5-7 year olds. Theme—Small World Safari

This week we will explore and have fun with the small things in life.  We’ll use a magnifying glass and microscope to look at tiny plants and animals in the pond, woods, and fields of the arboretum.  We’ll hike and hunt for these tiny creatures on the trails of the arboretum, and read stories, play games and do crafts with some of our safari finds!

Time: M-F, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Cost: $35.00 per child

August 15: Garden Pizza Party

There’s no better way to celebrate and enjoy the garden harvest than with everyone’ favorite dish—pizza.  We’ll make one from scratch and top it off with healthy vegetables harvested from the Barber House Children’s Garden pizza bed.  Bring your “Buon Appetito” (Good Appetite!).  Space is limited so register by August 11.  Call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 or send in the registration form.

Ages: 8 years old to adult.  Children younger than eight years admitted with an adult companion.
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: $2.00 materials fee.  Children under 8 are free.

Sept. 5: Garden Tea Party/Open House

Join us for a celebration of the Barber House Children’s Garden which will be a riot of color, motion, sound and scents.  This will be a great time to visit if you have always wanted to know more about the garden and programs at Hillsdale College and would like to meet and socialize with the folks who make it happen.  We’ll sample some herbal teas and garden treats, and don’t forget to wear your best outdoor party hat!  Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale Street.

Ages: Adults and children of all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 2:30  – 4:30 PM
Cost: Free, donations welcome

September 12 and 18: Pressed Plants for Crafts and Scientific Study

The beauty of plants and summer blooms can be preserved!  Pressing plants allows us to study and enjoy them for many years into the future.  This two-day course will teach the art and science of pressed plants.  Participants will have their choice of making an art/craft or a herbarium/collection science project with their plants.  Specimens from the Hillsdale College Herbarium will be used to illustrate the ways pressed plants are used in teaching and research.  Space is limited so please register by Sept. 8.  Call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 or send in the registration form.

Ages: 8 years to adult
Time: Sept. 12, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
             Sept. 18, 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Cost: $5.00 materials fee

Oct. 10: Autumn in the Arb

Visit the arboretum while it is decked out in its colorful foliage finery! Hike the trails, explore the science lab, plant bulbs, and learn about the Native American “Three Sisters” plants of the garden and harvest.  Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

October 24: Tree ID Tricks

Make friends with the trees in your life!  This program will teach you simple techniques you can use to identify and get to know trees.  We’ll review some of the popular tree field guides, and take a walk around the Slayton Arboretum to meet some distinguished members of the major tree families!

Ages: 8 years to adult
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Cost: Free

November 14: Conifer Cone Pot Pourri

Whether it be spruce, pine, hemlock or fir, the cone seeds of conifers are beautiful and bountiful in the fall.  Participants in this class will create a decorative and scented pot pourri for the holidays using cones and other natural materials.  Space is limited, so please register by Nov 10.  Call the arboretum at 517-607-2241 or send in the registration form.

Ages: 8 years to adult
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Cost: $5.00 materials fee

December 5: Winter Lights Fest

The Barber House Children’s Garden will be illuminated by thousands of lights, creating a winter wonderland through which visitors can stroll. There will be hot chocolate for warming up inside, cookies to decorate and eat, and you can make an ornament to take home. Poinsettias will be on sale for $10, with profits benefitting the Arboretum.