SUNDAY HANDS-ON CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS
Children love learning about gardening and nature at our hands-on workshops. These are small-group sessions for 30 child participants (accompanied by 1 or more adults); each session will be repeated several times throughout the day. All sessions are free with admission to the show and located in the Fulton and Pope Rooms.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
GONE WITH THE WIND: PLANT SEED DISPERSAL – Junie Harris
Children will observe a variety of seeds and explore how they move from place to place. Demonstrations of seeds that float, stick, and that are eaten will help children understand how they move about. “Flying seeds” will be observed and tested. The session will answer these questions and children will make their own artificial seeds from craft materials and test their flying potential with a fan. The main focus will be on seeds that are dispersed by the wind such as maple and dandelion seeds.
- What is a seed?
- How can a seed fly?
- Do all seeds that float look alike?
- How would seeds that are eaten be moved to a different place?
- Did my seed fly? Why or why not?
- What seed might stick to animals or human clothing?
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WIGGLY WORMS…THE EARTH’S AND GARDENER’S FRIEND – Debbie Howell
Children will be engaged in learning activities and experiments to discover the basic biology and anatomy of earthworms, their habitat and behaviors, and why they are the earth’s and gardeners’ friend. The session will answer these questions and children will leave the session with a temporary earthworm observation home as well as a handout of resources for extending their learning about the wonderful world of wiggly worms.
- What is an earthworm?
- How can you distinguish the head of an earthworm from the tail?
- What does an earthworm feel like?
- Can earthworms see, hear, smell?
- How do earthworms move?
- Do earthworms prefer a wet or dry environment?
- Do earthworms prefer a dark or light environment?
- What do earthworms prefer to eat and what should they not eat?
- Why are earthworms the earth’s and gardeners’ friend?
- What is vermicomposting?
- How do you build a temporary earthworm observation home?
Session Times :
11:00 Gone With the Wind – Fulton Room 11:30 Wiggly Worms– Pope Room
12:00 Gone With the Wind – Fulton Room 12:30 Wiggly Worms– Pope Room
1:00 Gone With the Wind – Fulton Room 1:30 Wiggly Worms– Pope Room
2:00 Gone With the Wind – Fulton Room 2:30 Wiggly Worms– Pope Room
3:00 Gone With the Wind – Fulton Room 3:30 Wiggly Worms– Pope Room