Pea Pods For Preschoolers 
3-5 years + Adult
Did you ever sprawl in the grass to watch the ants march through? Catch butterflies on garden flowers? Make leaf and stick forts? Dig in the mud just to feel it in your fingers? You can kindle that same sense of wonder in the natural world in your special preschool child as you reawaken it in yourself! PeaPods for Preschoolers provides the opportunity for you and your special little one to be enchanted by the plant world. Weekly themes delight the young learner through planting, art, sensory and science discovery, music, story time, snack, outdoor/greenhouse adventures. Continue to use your imaginations in our PeaPods garden and the Green Play Yard - The Arboretum's place that invites young children ages 0-5 years to play in a "nearby nature" setting. Come play and learn about nature! Limit 65 children + adult, Learning Center

PeaPods for Preschoolers registration is by seasonal series of 10 weekly classes. For late registrants, remaining class sessions are available for purchase at a prorated price by calling 952-443-1422. Sessions offered include Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer. Register for several sessions to enjoy this special time together through the whole cycle of seasons at the Arboretum.

 Adult reading to child in outdoor natural setting

PeaPods for Preschoolers Summer Series 2014
Summer Thursdays or Summer Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Learning Center
Instructor: Eleta Donaldson

June 5 or 6 - A Plant for Every Purpose 
June 12 or 13 - Big Trees to Tiny Treasures
June 19 or 20 - Catch a Raindrop, Catch the Sun
June 26 or 27 - Hotels & Restaurants 
July 10 or 11 - Lovely Ladybugs
July 17 or 18 - The Buzz About Bees 
July 24 or 25 - Topsy Turvy Treasures 
July 31 or August 1 - What's Better than Butterflies 
August 7 or 8 - Who Needs Trees 
August 14 or 15 - Who Wants a Weed 

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Sold out. Thursdays (975-06-05-14)
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14
$105.00 Child+Adult duo member/$125.00 Child+Adult duo non-member, includes Arboretum admission for child + one adult, snacks, project & planting supplies


Register Button   Sold out. Fridays (975-06-06-14)
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15
$105.00 Child+Adult duo member/$125.00 Child+Adult duo non-member, includes Arboretum admission for child + one adult, snacks, project & planting supplies

 Pea Pods

PeaPods for Preschoolers Autumn Series (975-09-30-14)
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Learning Center
Eleta Donaldson, Licensed & Certified Early Childhood Educator with over ten years experience with the Arboretum

September 30, 2014 - Me-Oh-My Apple Pie
October 7, 2014 - Bulbs-Prepare in the Fall to Burst in the Spring
October 14, 2014 - "Mouses" and Mosses
October 21, 2014 - Those Nutty Squirrels!
October 28, 2014 - Orange and Round Abound
November 4 2014 - Composting-Where Do the Leaves Go?
November 11, 2014 - Hey Plants, Where Did You Go?
November 18, 2014 - Three Sisters Stew
November 25, 2014 - Snow What?
December 2, 2014 - Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Register $100 Child+Adult duo member/$120 Child+Adult duo non-member Includes Arboretum admission for child+adult, snacks, project & planting supplies






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. You can also download the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.


Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

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