The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Pick up our new adventure activity backpack in the main lobby and explore the wetlands of Matthaei Botanical Gardens with this handy, printable Wetland Adventure Booklet.

Adveunture backpacks
Adventure Backpack

Youth Programs - Homemade Heritage

Fall 2012 Youth & Kids' Activities & Workshops

Discover, learn, and play all year long at Matthaei and in the Gaffield Children's Garden. Choose a wetland explorer backpack, an adventure backpack, or a trail tales backpack, available at the Matthaei front desk during regular business hours.

Sign Up! - For our Homemade Heritage workshops listed below.

Class fees include activities and materials. For more information call 734.647.7600 or sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter on any page of our website to stay on top of what's happening here. All activities held 10 am–noon at Matthaei unless noted otherwise.

Sat., September 29, 10 am–noon

Explore the many ways that plants and animals prepare for fall and colder weather. Create a wreath of rainbow-colored leaves and make arts and crafts from nature's bounty. Bring a light-colored t-shirt and use leaves and natural materials to design and paint your own designer t-shirt. $8.00/child includes activities and materials. 12-YE-22

Sat., Oct. 13, 10 am–noon
Build Your Own Scarecrow

Build a kid-sized scarecrow to take home! Listen to stories about scarecrows and how farmers relied on them to keep animals from raiding the farm and garden, then build and decorate your own scarecrow to take home. Bring a set of child-sized clothing; we provide the rest. $10.00/child includes activities and materials. 12-YE-23

Sat., Oct. 27, 10 am–noon
Halloween Spooktacular

Join us for our annual Spooktacular event. Pumpkins and gourds come in all shapes and sizes, so choose your favorite to decorate the house for Halloween. Plus, make fantastic butterfly, dragonfly, and bird masks to take home and sample tasty pumpkin treats. $8.00/child includes activities and materials. 12-YE-24

Sat., Nov. 10, 10 am–noon
Kids Are Chefs, Too!

Release your inner chef! Learn how the original Thanksgiving celebration used native plants and items brought from Europe, while today's Thanksgiving feasts include foods from around the world. Learn to make foods from native plants as well as plants brought by immigrants and explorers to America. Make a decorative centerpiece to take home. $8.00/child includes activities and materials. 12-YE-25

Sat., Dec. 8, 10 am–noon
Winter Wonders - Solstice Celebration

Celebrate the Winter solstice—even before it's happened! Learn about the change of seasons, decorate with native plants and other evergreens, and make a holiday card and decorations to take home. $10.00/child includes activities and materials. 12-YE-26

For further information about these programs, please contact us using this comment form.

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