Learning for Families & Children
Learning for Families & Children

Learning for Families & Children

Explore the garden activities for families and children offered in our 2015 season by scrolling through the list below or browse by category to the right.


Daily Activities for Children

Daily June 15-August 31
Free with admission

Join us for the following activities in the Children's Garden:

10:00 a.m.-Storytime
11:00 a.m.-Garden Puppet Theater
12:30 p.m.-Nature Investigations
1:30 p.m.-Chicken Feeding


Fairy Friday

Every Friday in July and August
Free with admission

Fridays in July and August are full of fun at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for little fairies, gnomes, elves, and wood sprites! The Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden is the perfect place for fairy music and dancing on the maze, fairy puppet shows, stories, dress-up, crafts, fairy yoga, games, the Great Bubble Machine and, of course, building fairy houses.

Fairy Friday Schedule:
10:00 a.m.-Fairy Stories (Story Barn)
11:00 a.m.-Fairy Puppet Theater (Story Barn)
11:30 a.m.-Fairy Yoga (maze)
12:15 p.m.-Fairy dancing and the Great Bubble Machine (maze)
1:30 p.m.-Flower Fairy Walk (Story Barn)

*Fairy crafts will take place throughout the day in the picnic pavilion.


Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Program for Ages 3-5: Tuesday, July 14

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Theme of the Day: "Tops and Bottoms"-Investigating Plant Parts from Tops to Bottoms

Preschoolers will have fun gardening and exploring nature in this parent-and-child program. Children will learn all about seeds, flowers, vegetables and animals through stories, crafts, and planting activities in our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We'll also take time each session to explore the garden habitat, searching high and low for its animal residents. Each class will include a project to take home. 

Price: $22 Members; $28 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult)


Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Program for Ages 3-5: Tuesday, July 28

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Theme of the Day: "Pollinators!"

Preschoolers will have fun gardening and exploring nature in this parent-and-child program. Children will learn all about seeds, flowers, vegetables and animals through stories, crafts, and planting activities in our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We'll also take time each session to explore the garden habitat, searching high and low for its animal residents. Each class will include a project to take home. 

Price: $22 Members; $28 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult)

 


Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Program for Ages 3-5: Tuesday, August 11

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Theme of the Day: "Garden Detectives"-Looking for Signs of Life in the Garden

Preschoolers will have fun gardening and exploring nature in this parent-and-child program. Children will learn all about seeds, flowers, vegetables and animals through stories, crafts, and planting activities in our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We'll also take time each session to explore the garden habitat, searching high and low for its animal residents. Each class will include a project to take home. 

Price: $22 Members; $28 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult)

 


Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Program for Ages 3-5: Tuesday, August 25

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Theme of the Day: "Five Senses"-Learning How Our Senses Help Us to Explore the Garden

Preschoolers will have fun gardening and exploring nature in this parent-and-child program. Children will learn all about seeds, flowers, vegetables and animals through stories, crafts, and planting activities in our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We'll also take time each session to explore the garden habitat, searching high and low for its animal residents. Each class will include a project to take home. 

Price: $22 Members; $28 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult)

 


Garden Quest: For the Birds! (Ages 4-8)

Thursday, July 2
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   


Let's go questing for birds!  We'll venture into the Gardens and surrounding forests to search for our feathered friends.  Children will learn to identify a few common birds by their calls, practice eating like a bird and learn about the unique ways these amazing animals can survive in different habitats.  We'll also make a little something just for the birds!

Price: $11 Members; $14 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission)


Garden Quest: Magical Plants! (Ages 5-9)

Thursday, July 30
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   


This quest will take children on a journey through the Gardens to discover some of our most magical plants.  We'll visit flowers where fairies hide, unearth the magical powers of some of our summer blooms and herbs and craft a crown to make the wearer invisible.  

Price: $11 Members; $14 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission) 


Garden Quest: Bugs Galore! (Ages 4-8)

Monday, August 17
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   


If your child loves all things creepy crawly, they will have a blast on this garden quest!  Join us as we search above and below ground for the gardens smallest residents.  Through games and observations, children will learn about insect adaptations and create their own insects to take home.  

Price: $11 Members; $14 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission) 


Prehistoric Plants with Jon Wallace (All Ages)

Monday, July 27
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   

Long before animals made it to land and dinosaurs ruled the Earth, plants paved the way for life to evolve on land.  Join us for this family friendly class as we learn about plants through geologic time, examine a diversity of plant fossils and make a 380-million-year-old coal ball peel of a fossilized plant to take home and explore.

Price: $8 Child Member/$14 Adult Member; $10 Child Nonmember/$18 Adult Nonmember (includes Gardens admission) 


Wabanaki Basketmaking Demonstration and Weaving Workshop with Sarah Sockbeson (Ages 6 & Up)

Thursday, July 23
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   


Join Sarah Sockbeson, basketmaker and member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, as she demonstrates the steps involved in creating traditional Wabanaki baskets.  Children will then try their hand at the art of weaving with plants as they make their own woven ash and sweetgrass bookmark. 

Price: $22 Child Member; $28 Child Nonmember (includes Gardens admission) 


Nature Illustration Camp for Ages 7-11 with Hillary Parker July 6-10, 2015 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Does your child love to draw and have an appreciation for all things natural? Join us for our week-long Nature Illustration Camp with naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker, who will be returning again this summer to share her knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for art and nature with young artists. Setting out daily to sketch and paint on location throughout the Gardens, students will become “botanical art explorers” as they spend the week discovering and learning more about this year’s theme at the Gardens, “The Myth, Magic and Medicine of Plants.” By investigating the links between people and plants, students will gain a better understanding of their own connection to nature while having fun creating pictographs, painting with plant dyes, following the transformation from plant to product, sampling an edible spectrum, and sketching and illustrating art journals of their discoveries throughout the week. On the last day of camp, family and friends will be invited to a fun and engaging artist reception where our young artists will share their journals and present their experiences as naturalists, botanists and artists!  All art supplies needed for this camp will be supplied.

To learn more about Hillary Parker and to view her portfolio, visit: hillaryparkerwatercolors.com



'Drawn to Nature' Art Workshop for Ages 12 & Up with Hillary Parker July 13-17,2015 9:30AM-12:30PM

Join naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for a comprehensive week of fine art fun! Inspired by famous Maine artists and our beautiful gardens, students will enjoy developing a strong foundation of observation, drawing and painting skills while creating a portfolio of landscapes, botanical studies, and natural science illustrations of birds, other animals and insects. We will be responding artistically to nature while working "en plein air" throughout the Gardens as well as in the studio experimenting and refining techniques using a variety of mediums including graphite, colored pencil, pen & ink, and watercolors. All art supplies are included with this workshop.

To learn more about Hillary Parker and to view her portfolio, visit: hillaryparkerwatercolors.com


'Drawn to Nature' Art Workshop for Ages 7-11 with Hillary Parker July 13-17, 2015 1:30-4:30 PM

Join naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist Hillary Parker for a comprehensive week of fine art fun! Inspired by famous Maine artists and our beautiful gardens, students will enjoy developing a strong foundation of observation, drawing and painting skills while creating a portfolio of landscapes, botanical studies, and natural science illustrations of birds, other animals and insects. We will be responding artistically to nature while working "en plein air" throughout the Gardens as well as in the studio experimenting and refining techniques using a variety of mediums including graphite, colored pencil, pen & ink, and watercolors. All art supplies are included with this workshop.

To learn more about Hillary Parker and to view her portfolio, visit: hillaryparkerwatercolors.com


Nature Adventure Camp for Ages 4-5 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 2015 9:30 AM-1 PM

Our summer nature camps provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in an outdoor setting, while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take us on adventures throughout the gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, Nature Adventurers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists!

Karen Jones is the Camp Coordinator for the Gardens. Karen brings with her over ten years of teaching experience working with children of all ages, especially pre-kindergarten. She holds a bachelor's degree in Math/Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education, both from Wheelock College.


Nature Adventure Camp for Ages 6-8 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 2015 12:30-4 PM

Our summer nature camps provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in an outdoor setting, while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take us on adventures throughout the gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, Nature Adventurers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists!


Garden Explorers Camp for Ages 4-5 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 2015 9:30 AM-1 PM

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We’ll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real “dirt” on plants, life cycles, composting, garden critters and more!  Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.  In celebration of this year’s theme at the Gardens, this camp will include activities that explore the myth, magic and medicine of plants. 


Garden Explorers Camp for Ages 6-8 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 2015 12:30-4 PM

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We’ll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real “dirt” on plants, life cycles, composting, garden critters and more!  Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.  In celebration of this year’s theme at the Gardens, this camp will include activities that explore the myth, magic and medicine of plants.