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Little Diggers Summer Series - Individual Dates

Alternating Thursdays, June - August
June 19; July 3, 17, 31; August 14, 28
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

You can book multiple classes by selecting this event again and adding other dates to your cart.


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 habitats of our gardens and forests, searching high and low for its animal residents. Each class will include a project to take home.

Erika Huber is the Youth and Family Program Coordinator for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. She has over seven years of experience teaching children in the outdoors. Erika holds a Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Pollinator Palooza with Erika Huber - July 1, August 9

Tuesday, July 1 & Saturday, August 9
10 a.m. - noon

This class is one of several pollinator classes designed for children ages 4-8.

What better way to learn about pollinators and honor the important role they plan in our gardens, than with a celebration! Come dressed as your favorite pollinator and we’ll learn the ins and outs of pollination, understand who’s who in the pollinator world, and enjoy a healthy snack made possible by pollinators. As a take away, children will make their very own insect hotel to provide a home to some of our essential pollinators.

Both sessions will cover the same content.

Location: Drop off and pick up your child in the Education Center


Buzzy Buzzy Bees with Erika Huber - July 15, August 12

Tuesday, July 15 & Tuesday, August 12
10 a.m. - noon
*The July 15th class has been cancelled.

This class is one of several pollinator classes designed for children ages 4-8. Buzz on over to the Gardens for a fun and exploratory look into the lives of bees. Join us as we learn to dance like a bee, build the best hive and find out just how hard a worker bee works! We’ll even use our “bee vision” to see flowers in UV and make a cool color changing bracelet to understand a bee’s unique vision.

Location: Drop off and pick up your child in the Education Center. Both sessions cover the same content.


Beautiful Butterflies with Erika Huber - July 28, August 19

Monday, July 28 & Tuesday, August 19
10 a.m. - noon

This class is one of several pollinator classes designed for children ages 4-8.

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet, have scales on their bodies and use camouflage to protect themselves? We’ll investigate the lives of butterflies, experience the life cycle of a Monarch up close, head into the Gardens on a butterfly safari and tag some migrating Monarchs (August session only, otherwise both sessions will cover the same content).

Location: Drop off and pick up your child in the Education Center


Nature Adventure Camp for Ages 6-8 with Karen Jones

Monday - Friday, July 28 - August 1
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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.


Garden Explorers Camp for Ages 4-5 with Karen Jones

Monday - Friday, August 4 - 8
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden. We'll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real "dirt" on plant parts, life cycles, garden critters and more! Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home projects. In celebration of this year's theme at the Gardens, this camp will have a special emphasis on pollinators and the important role they play in our garden.

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.


Garden Explorers Camp for Ages 6-8 with Karen Jones

Monday - Friday, August 11 - 15
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden. We'll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real "dirt" on plant parts, life cycles, garden critters and more! Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home projects. In celebration of this year's theme at the Gardens, this camp will have a special emphasis on pollinators and the important role they play in our garden.

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.