Programs & Camps

Our programs for children  inspire lifelong connections to the natural world for all budding scientists, artists, gardeners, and nature-lovers. Kids explore the science and wonder of the natural world through explorations, summer camps, or naturalist programs. There is always something at the Gardens to spark the imagination and add memories and magic to your visit.

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May 18

Budding Naturalist: Birds (Ages 8-14)

Calling all young birders and aspiring birders! Join us on a walk to identify birds migrating through Maine as well as those that spend the season nesting and raising their young here. Learn to identify birds by their calls and identifying features as well as how to use eBird to keep a record of birds observed.

Registration for this class includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult. Please note: This is a drop-off program. If your child would be more comfortable with you nearby, please contact Erika Huber at ehuber@mainegardens.org before the session to discuss options.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Andy Brand

Cost: $10

May 18

Spring Explorations: Pollinators (Ages 3-7)

With all the flowers that we care for at the Gardens, it’s no surprise that we are regularly and frequently visited by all sorts of pollinators! Explore the Gardens with us as we search for these busy creatures and discover more about who they are, what they’re up to, and why they’re important. We’ll also get an up-close look at how pollination works as we take apart a flower together. Participants will plant a flower to take home with them that pollinators will be sure to enjoy!

This is a parent/child program. Admission to the Gardens for one child and one adult is included with class registration.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $10

May 21

Creating a Miniature Garden (Ages 8+) (Sold Out)

This fun and family-friendly hands-on workshop will have you exploring your gardening creativity—in miniature! First, learn about and draw inspiration from several different types of miniature gardens including “fairy gardens” and Japanese gardens. Then, using wide shallow containers, small plants, fairy garden accessories, and other tiny elements, create a personalized miniature garden to take home. All materials are provided, and registration includes admission for a parent and child. Families are encouraged to work together, but if parents would like to make their own miniature garden, please register separately so that we can plan for supplies.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $32–40

May 23

Grow a Garden with Us! (Ages 4-11)

Starting May 2 | Our popular family gardening program is back! Join us this spring as we combine gardening and learning in a fun, rewarding program for children ages 4-11. This unique, parent-led program will guide participants through growing a spring and summer garden. Lessons combine gardening with science, math, English, social studies and art. Families will receive fruit and vegetable transplants and/or seeds and planting instructions weekly. For more essential program information, including weekly topics, admissions for parents during the program, and more details about included supplies, click "Learn more."

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Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $50

May 26

Spring Explorations: Pond Life (Ages 3-7) (Sold Out)

The Gardens is full of beauty and wonder thriving aboveground, but there’s plenty to discover below the surface! Join us as we explore the life thriving in the depths and shallows of our ponds. Together, we’ll search for aquatic critters, learning about their lives in the process. Participants will create a fun frog craft to help them remember everything they learned during the program.

This is a parent/child program. Admission to the Gardens for one child and one adult is included with class registration.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10

May 26

Budding Naturalist: Beginner Spring Botany (Ages 8-14)

While the Gardens is home to many beautiful, cultivated plants, there are quite a few wonderful wildflowers that pop up all on their own! Join us to walk the Gardens and trails together in search of these wild beauties, discussing their importance, some interesting facts, and their histories along the way. Learn basic identification skills to employ on your next wildflower hunting adventure!

Registration for this class includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult. Please note: This is a drop-off program. If your child would be more comfortable with you nearby, please contact Erika Huber at ehuber@mainegardens.org before the session to discuss options.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $10

May 28

Pastel Society of Maine: Youth Workshop (Ages 8-12)

This workshop introduces young artists to color and to the abundant life that emerges when we translate a 3D garden landscape into 2D. With the help of experienced instructors, participants will explore their botanical and landscape interests, learning how to translate those ideas into beautiful pastel paintings. Technique, demonstration, and personal guidance gives young artists confidence in navigating the pastel medium. Participants receive a small kit of pastel materials and paper and will leave with one piece matted and sleeved for presentation. Instructor Barbara Farcione is a member of the Pastel Society of Maine and on the Board of Directors.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Barbara Farcione

Cost: $45–55

May 30

Grow a Garden with Us! (Ages 4-11)

Starting May 2 | Our popular family gardening program is back! Join us this spring as we combine gardening and learning in a fun, rewarding program for children ages 4-11. This unique, parent-led program will guide participants through growing a spring and summer garden. Lessons combine gardening with science, math, English, social studies and art. Families will receive fruit and vegetable transplants and/or seeds and planting instructions weekly. For more essential program information, including weekly topics, admissions for parents during the program, and more details about included supplies, click "Learn more."

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Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $50

June 1

Spring Explorations: Birds (Ages 3-7)

Spring is one of the best times to go bird-watching—many birds are returning to their mating grounds and are as showy and colorful as ever! Take advantage of all the natural spaces at the Gardens and get a front seat to the show! Put your birding skills to the test – or gain a whole new set – as we look for our feathered friends while learning all about their lives, their habits, and adaptations. Participants will craft their own birds’ nests from natural materials to take home with them.

This is a parent/child program. Admission to the Gardens for one child and one adult is included with class registration.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $10

June 6

Grow a Garden with Us! (Ages 4-11)

Starting May 2 | Our popular family gardening program is back! Join us this spring as we combine gardening and learning in a fun, rewarding program for children ages 4-11. This unique, parent-led program will guide participants through growing a spring and summer garden. Lessons combine gardening with science, math, English, social studies and art. Families will receive fruit and vegetable transplants and/or seeds and planting instructions weekly. For more essential program information, including weekly topics, admissions for parents during the program, and more details about included supplies, click "Learn more."

Learn More

Location: Lerner Visitor Center

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $50

June 7

Spring Explorations: Pollinators (Ages 3-7)

With all the flowers that we care for at the Gardens, it’s no surprise that we are regularly and frequently visited by all sorts of pollinators! Explore the Gardens with us as we search for these busy creatures and discover more about who they are, what they’re up to, and why they’re important. We’ll also get an up-close look at how pollination works as we take apart a flower together. Participants will plant a flower to take home with them that pollinators will be sure to enjoy!

This is a parent/child program. Admission to the Gardens for one child and one adult is included with class registration.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $10

June 8

Planting a Pollinator Garden (Ages 8+)

Do you have a nature-loving child interested in attracting more pollinators to the garden? This kid-friendly gardening class delves into our native pollinators’ unique adaptations and special flower preferences, reviewing the process of pollination through a flower dissection. Class will then head out into the Gardens to discover some of the best flower choices for a diverse pollinator garden, and participants will receive plants and seeds to take home. Parents are welcome to attend. Registration for this class includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10

June 8

Budding Naturalist: Advanced Spring Botany (Ages 10-16)

Continuing our botanical explorations, we’ll go in search of some of the wildflowers calling the Gardens home. If still blooming, we’ll revisit specimens from the previous session in more depth along with any new flowers that have sprung up. Participants will practice thinking like a botanist, learning more about the plant identification process and using a key to identify specific characteristics of these wildflowers. Participants do not need to have taken the beginner class in order to participate in this class.

Registration for this class includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult. Please note: This is a drop-off program. If your child would be more comfortable with you nearby, please contact Erika Huber at ehuber@mainegardens.org before the session to discuss options.

 

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $10

June 15

Spring Explorations: Pond Life (Ages 3-7)

The Gardens is full of beauty and wonder thriving aboveground, but there’s plenty to discover below the surface! Join us as we explore the life thriving in the depths and shallows of our ponds. Together, we’ll search for aquatic critters, learning about their lives in the process. Participants will create a fun frog craft to help them remember everything they learned during the program.

This is a parent/child program. Admission to the Gardens for one child and one adult is included with class registration.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $10

June 24

Plant a Fabulous Container Garden (Ages 14+) (Sold Out)

Planting a container garden is enormous fun. Loaded with creative possibility, it’s a perfect activity for gardeners of every age and ability, no matter if your containers are destined for your front stoop, patio, balcony, or planned as a focal feature in a perennial bed. In this hands-on workshop, Jen Dunlap, horticulturist and container garden designer, will guide you through the process of selecting, planting, and caring for whatever annuals you choose—sun- or shade-loving and with a myriad of flower and foliage options. All supplies provided.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Jen Dunlap

Cost: $60–72

Jun - Jul 27 - 1

iNature Photography Workshop (Ages 10-14)

Monday, June 27-Friday, July 1

Using your iPhone or iPad, advance your digital photography skills in this exciting hands-on workshop. Join artist and iPhoneography innovator Kimberly Post on photographic explorations through the Gardens, learning to capture nature in uniquely creative ways. Back in the classroom, we’ll work with a variety of editing apps to enhance our photos and create images, building a digital portfolio. The week will end with a gallery-style exhibit for family and friends. Please contact the Gardens if you do not have an iOS device, but are interested in taking this workshop.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Kimberly Post, artist, photographer, and educator, was an early innovator of the iPhoneography movement. She is currently an assistant professor at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Instructor: Kimberly Post

Cost: $235–295

July 5

Summer Discoveries: Butterflies (Ages 3-8) (Sold Out)

Summertime is prime butterfly time! Join us to explore our Native Butterfly and Moth House, as well as other butterfly hot spots at the Gardens. We’ll learn about life cycles, special connections to plants, unique adaptations, and how to tell the difference between butterflies and moths. Students will leave with an even greater appreciation for—and understanding of—these lovely creatures. At the end of the program, participants will craft a colorful reminder of the butterfly life cycle to take home with them. This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

July 6 - 8

Paper Art Workshop (Ages 8-14) (Sold Out)

Wednesday, July 6-Friday, July 8

Observe nature and get creative as we delve into the ancient—and modern—techniques of paper arts. Over three days, young artists will create prints from plant materials, play with colors, positive and negative space, layering, and patterns, all resulting in unique works of art. Create mesmerizing patterns and designs using a process called paper marbling, a technique dating back to the 12th century. Learn paper-making, recycling old paper into new, and experimenting with thickness and style. Use Gardens-gathered plant material to add finesse to finished products. On the final day, we’ll use this paper to produce pages and covers for handmade sketchbooks, journals, or notebooks!

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Instructor, watercolor artist, and illustrator Erica Qualey is an award-winning member of the New England Watercolor Society and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She was recently awarded a grant from the Maine Arts Association supporting her work as a virtual art educator.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Instructor: Erica Qualey

Cost: $136–170

July 11 - 15

Nature Art Camp: Drawing Blooms and Butterflies (Ages 7-12) (Sold Out)

Monday, July 11-Friday, July 15

Young artists put their investigative skills to work as they collect, study, identify, and illustrate the Gardens’ butterflies and the flowers and plants they depend on. Daily, participants will explore and sketch on-location in the Gardens, developing a strong foundation of observation, drawing, and painting skills, simultaneously creating a portfolio of beautiful studies and illustrations using pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. Students also gain an understanding and appreciation for the important role these pollinators play in our gardens. All art supplies are included with this camp.

Hélène Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for twenty years, actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit, and university galleries in New England, New York City, Pennsylvania, Italy, and England. Farrar has a BA in studio art from the University of Maine and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Hélène currently owns and operates a private art school out of her Maine “farmhouse” studio where she holds a variety of workshops and classes for children and adults.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Instructor: Hélène Farrar

Cost: $235–295

July 13

Summer Discoveries: The Five Senses (Ages 3-8) (Sold Out)

Discover all that you can see, smell, hear, feel, and even taste as we tour the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses together, experiencing nature and the Gardens in a whole new way. Participants will finish the program by potting up an herb to take with them, carrying forward and cultivating that sensory experience at home! This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

July 15

Create your own Kokedama (Ages 14+)

Unique, exceptional and magical are just some of the adjectives used to describe kokedama, the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil, 6-8 inches in diameter. They can be displayed on a decorative surface of your choice, hung from a tree branch, pergola ceiling, arbor, or bracket. In this class for all ages, horticulturist Jen Dunlap will guide you in creating three kokedama projects for your home garden. These verdant, living globes add whimsy, mystery, and vertical interest to your outdoor living space. All supplies provided.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Jen Dunlap

Cost: $60–72

July 16

Summer Discoveries: Butterflies (Ages 3-8) (Sold Out)

Summertime is prime butterfly time! Join us to explore our Native Butterfly and Moth House, as well as other butterfly hot spots at the Gardens. We’ll learn about life cycles, special connections to plants, unique adaptations, and how to tell the difference between butterflies and moths. Students will leave with an even greater appreciation for—and understanding of—these lovely creatures. At the end of the program, participants will craft a colorful reminder of the butterfly life cycle to take home with them. This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

July 18 - 22

Nature Adventure Camp (Ages 4-6) (Sold Out)

Monday, July 18-Friday, July 22

Our summer nature camps provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people to learn about the natural world. Exploration-filled activities will take us on adventures throughout the Gardens and surrounding forests as we investigate bugs, birds, food chains, amphibians, the water cycle, and so much more. Through observations, games, stories, experiments, and nature-related projects, campers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists the end of the week!

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Karen Jones is the Camp Coordinator for the Gardens and first grade teacher at Hall-Dale Elementary; she brings over fifteen years of teaching experience working with children of all ages.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Instructor: Karen Jones

Cost: $140–175

July 19

Identifying & Preserving Summer Wildflowers (Ages 10+)

Identify and collect summer wildflowers, learning to develop your botany skills with resident botanist and Director of Plant Science & Collections, Melissa Cullina. We’ll visit the herbarium, an exciting resource where Melissa and her volunteers have worked to preserve more than 5000 plant specimens! Students will join in, learning how to preserve the flowers collected during class. Each participant will receive their own plant press to take home. Gardens admission included.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Melissa Cullina

Cost: $20–25

July 21

Summer Discoveries: Life of a Plant (Ages 3-8) (Sold Out)

Learn about what happens as a seed becomes a full-grown plant, then starts the entire cycle all over again! We’ll talk everything plants: life cycle, adaptations, and overall importance. We’ll dissect different parts of a plant, learn about their functions, and explore our Learning Garden, testing (and tasting!) what we’ve learned. Participants will take a plant home as a reminder of their botanical experience. This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

July 23

Creating a Miniature Garden (Ages 8+)

This fun and family-friendly hands-on workshop will have you exploring your gardening creativity—in miniature! First, learn about and draw inspiration from several different types of miniature gardens including “fairy gardens” and Japanese gardens. Then, using wide shallow containers, small plants, fairy garden accessories, and other tiny elements, create a personalized miniature garden to take home. All materials are provided, and registration includes admission for a parent and child. Families are encouraged to work together, but if parents would like to make their own miniature garden, please register separately so that we can plan for supplies.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Erika Huber

Cost: $32–40

July 25 - 29

Nature Adventure Camp (Ages 6-8) (Sold Out)

Monday, July 25-Friday, July 29

Our summer nature camps provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people to learn about the natural world. Exploration-filled activities will take us on adventures throughout the Gardens and surrounding forests as we investigate bugs, birds, food chains, amphibians, the water cycle, and so much more. Through observations, games, stories, experiments, and nature-related projects, campers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists the end of the week! Karen Jones is the Camp Coordinator for the Gardens and first grade teacher at Hall-Dale Elementary; she brings over fifteen years of teaching experience working with children of all ages.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Instructor: Karen Jones

Cost: $140–175

July 29

Summer Discoveries: The Garden Habitat (Ages 3-8)

The Gardens is home to many (many!) plants. In turn, those plants become home to lots of interesting creatures! Come explore the Gardens as we look closely under leaves and up in the trees, aboveground, below, and in the pond for all sorts of signs of life. A scavenger hunt will help guide our search, and participants will leave having created their own portable habitat—a toad house—to take home with them. This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

August 1 - 5

Garden Investigators Camp: Pollinators! (Ages 4-6)

Monday, August 1-Friday August 5

Campers will spend the week getting up close and personal with the amazing pollinators making all of our gardens possible. Through games, activities, observations, and visits to our Native Butterfly and Moth House, honeybee hives, and annual resident exhibition, The Caterpillar Lab, campers will learn the ins and outs of pollination. Each day will focus on a different pollinator and its unique adaptations. Karen Jones is the Camp Coordinator for the Gardens and first grade teacher at Hall-Dale Elementary; she brings over fifteen years of teaching experience working with children of all ages.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Instructor: Karen Jones

Cost: $140–175

August 2

Summer Discoveries: The Five Senses (Ages 3-8)

Discover all that you can see, smell, hear, feel, and even taste as we tour the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses together, experiencing nature and the Gardens in a whole new way. Participants will finish the program by potting up an herb to take with them, carrying forward and cultivating that sensory experience at home! This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

August 6

Summer Discoveries: Butterflies (Ages 3-8) (Sold Out)

Summertime is prime butterfly time! Join us to explore our Native Butterfly and Moth House, as well as other butterfly hot spots at the Gardens. We’ll learn about life cycles, special connections to plants, unique adaptations, and how to tell the difference between butterflies and moths. Students will leave with an even greater appreciation for—and understanding of—these lovely creatures. At the end of the program, participants will craft a colorful reminder of the butterfly life cycle to take home with them. This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

August 8 - 12

Garden Investigators Camp: Pollinators! (Ages 6-8)

Monday, August 8-Friday August 12

Campers will spend the week getting up close and personal with the amazing pollinators making all of our gardens possible. Through games, activities, observations, and visits to our Native Butterfly and Moth House, honeybee hives, and annual resident exhibition, The Caterpillar Lab, campers will learn the ins and outs of pollination. Each day will focus on a different pollinator and its unique adaptations.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Karen Jones is the Camp Coordinator for the Gardens and first grade teacher at Hall-Dale Elementary; she brings over fifteen years of teaching experience working with children of all ages.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Instructor: Karen Jones

Cost: $140–175

August 9

Marine Science: Where the Land Meets the Sea (Ages 9-15)

Tuesday, August 9, Wednesday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 16 | During this three-part, shore-based marine science course, participants will investigate how geology, weather, and climate change over time and how these changes impact the organisms and plant life living in local rivers and in the Gulf of Maine. Compare and contrast local rivers, and investigate and identify what lies between the surface and the seafloor.

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Location: Bosarge Family Education Center / Partner Locations

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Boothbay Sea and Science Center

Cost: $45–56

August 11

Summer Discoveries: The Garden Habitat (Ages 3-8)

The Gardens is home to many (many!) plants. In turn, those plants become home to lots of interesting creatures! Come explore the Gardens as we look closely under leaves and up in the trees, aboveground, below, and in the pond for all sorts of signs of life. A scavenger hunt will help guide our search, and participants will leave having created their own portable habitat—a toad house—to take home with them. This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

August 14

Summer Discoveries: The Five Senses (Ages 3-8)

Discover all that you can see, smell, hear, feel, and even taste as we tour the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses together, experiencing nature and the Gardens in a whole new way. Participants will finish the program by potting up an herb to take with them, carrying forward and cultivating that sensory experience at home! This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

August 15 - 19

Garden Explorers Camp (Ages 4-7) (Sold Out)

Monday, August 15-Friday, August 19

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering, and harvesting fruits and veggies in our Learning Garden. Campers will investigate the inner workings of the 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 games, explorations, Gardens-harvested snack-making, and take-home garden projects.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $140–175

August 20

Wildlife in the Backyard: Insects (Ages 14+)

Want to enter the world of beetles, butterflies, bees, grasshoppers, wasps, and flies? Ages 14-adult are invited to join us and learn about the insect wildlife to be found in backyards and gardens. Learn to identify the most common insects and the roles these important creatures play in their ecosystems. After an introductory slideshow, we'll explore the Gardens to observe and gain insight into insect behavior, identifying where insects prefer to live versus where they’re discouraged. We'll take a holistic approach to studying insects, recognizing that even the smallest patch of yard is inclusive of nature.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm

Instructor: Sarah Callan

Cost: $20–25

August 24

Summer Discoveries: Life of a Plant (Ages 3-8)

Learn about what happens as a seed becomes a full-grown plant, then starts the entire cycle all over again! We’ll talk everything plants: life cycle, adaptations, and overall importance. We’ll dissect different parts of a plant, learn about their functions, and explore our Learning Garden, testing (and tasting!) what we’ve learned. Participants will take a plant home as a reminder of their botanical experience. This unique adult/child program is free for members and $10 in addition to admission for nonmembers

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Instructor: Bridget VerVaet

Cost: $Free–10

September 19

Native Plants: Collecting & Sowing Seed (Ages 14+)

Join Heather McCargo, for a hands-on experience in native seed propagation, from ecologically responsible seed collection and storing procedures to germination techniques. Participants will go seed collecting in CMBG’s native plant gardens and learn about setting up an outdoor propagation area at home. Come learn the best techniques for sowing natives, and take home several pots sown with seeds.

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Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Heather McCargo

Cost: $36–44

October 24

Wildlife in the Backyard: Mammals (Ages 14+)

Ages 14-adult are invited to join us for an informative look into the mammals you may not always see, but who are almost certainly living in or around your backyard, relying on your landscape for survival. Explore CMBG’s most common inhabitants, their important habitats, dietary preferences, and learn a variety of management practice approaches. Offered at an active time of year as wildlife prepare for winter, the class will explore the Gardens, learn key points for identification, and look for presence indicators such as tracks, holes, browsing, and more.

Please note this class requires participants to show proof of having received all eligible Covid-19 vaccinations, as recommended for their age by the CDC, in order to participate. Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, we ask that you agree to abide by potential future changes in CMBG’s Covid-19 policy designed to address evolving public health recommendations.

Location: Bosarge Family Education Center

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Alicia Miller

Cost: $20–25