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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,, 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 preschoolers 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.

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

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 Arboretum 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 Potpourri

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 potpourri 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.