Children's Classes & Programs
at the Arboretum 

  Pea Pods

FREE PlantMaker's Studio Weekend Activities
Noon - 4 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays year round
Learning Center
Free with gate admission

The Plant-Maker Studio offers "make a plant" experiences for all ages. Our technology-loaded lives can leave anyone eager to dig into nature and get their hands on plants. Studio activities, staffed by trained volunteers, will feature specific plants and take-homes for participants. Learn how to start cuttings, plant seeds, print leaves, weave fibers and more. Supplies provided.

View Plant-Maker's Studio schedules, themes and details

 Pea Pods

Pea Pods for Preschoolers Autumn Series 2016 (975-09-13-16)
Autumn Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15

Instructor: Eleta Donaldson, Arboretum Early Childhood Educator and Programmer

Kindle a sense of wonder in the natural world with your preschool child as you reawaken it in yourself! Pea Pods for Preschoolers provides the opportunity for you and your special little one to be enchanted by the plant world. Each weekly theme helps spark your child's appreciation for nature's beauty through planting, art, sensory and science, discovery zones, action and music, story time, Green Play Yard adventures, greenhouse exploration and snack. Come play and learn about nature!
Pea Pods for Preschoolers registration is by seasonal series of 10 weekly classes for 3-5 year olds with an adult. In order to respect the abilities and interests of preschoolers, please only bring registered participants (The Arboretum has many areas of interest for children of all ages! Ask us for ideas for your older children).

September 13
September 20
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15     
Me-Oh-My Apple Pie
Bulbs: Little Presents Planted in Fall
Mouses and Mosses
Those Nutty Squirrels
Under One Rock!
Hey Plants
Orange and Round
In November
Three Sisters Stew
Snow What? 

Limit 65 children + adult, Learning Center

register $120.00 member/$140.00 non-member includes Arboretum admission for child and one adult,
snacks, project, planting supplies.

NOTE: For late registrants, remaining class sessions are available for purchase at a prorated price by calling 612-301-1210.


Summer Day Camps and Summer Children's Garden 2017 will be open for registration January 2017!

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. 
View the 2016 Summer Kids' Programs Catalog 


Call 612-301-1210
or email:

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.