Families First - Families First AprilMay2017

Garden Plot

Karen Schmidt 2017-04-05 03:28:00

Family Fun at the BOTANIC GARDEN Thanks to a small grant from the education sorority Delta Kappa Gamma, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City has a new fun-filled series of experiences for parents and their children. For no charge, you can check out a backpack at the Garden’s visitor center for up to half a day. The backpack is filled with wonderful activities to help you discover and enjoy the Garden in a whole new way. Each backpack has a gardenor nature-related book to read to or with your child—imagine reading The Secret Garden on a bench in the Walled Garden or The Story of Bees while sitting in the Conversation Circle by the Native Plant Garden. Backpacks also include a small hand-held microscope and a 3-lens magnifying glass to get an up-close and personal look at a feather, leaf, or flower. Materials for doing tree and leaf rubbings, directions for building a fairy house, a timer to see how many different sounds you can hear in the woods or garden in 90 seconds, a scavenger hunt with pictures of fifteen different things you can look for in the Garden—all of this and more in our Discovery Backpacks. Come check one out this season and explore the Garden in a whole new way. We are also excited to be collaborating with the Traverse Area District Library for Authors in the Park on Thursday, July 6 at 10 a.m. Bring your children to the Garden and meet three local authors who will share their books in special places throughout the park. We’ll begin in the circa-1900 Historic Barn where Jeff Kessler will read his book Colantha – The Beloved World Champion Cow, right in the barn where she was born! Then we’ll go on to the adjoining Traverse City Community Garden where Lisa Maxbauer Price will read her vegetable alphabet book Squash Boom Beet. From there we’ll walk to the beautiful Walled Garden where Helen J. Wilson will read her book about Reggie the Runaway Sheep. And although the much-loved Dr. Seuss is no longer with us, we’ll enjoy his wonderful Horton Hatches an Egg right in the middle of our Giant Bird Nest. Bring along a carpet square or cushion so you can sit in comfort while meeting the authors and enjoying each of these wonderful stories and special garden spots. You might even want to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards—there are a dozen picnic tables on the Pavilion as well as more in the park’s Picnic Grove. The Garden’s gift shop carries the books for sale should you want to take one home with you. Hope to see you at the Garden this year! Karen Schmidt is the Chair of The Botanic Garden Board of Directors. The Botanic Garden is situated within Historic Barns Park at Grand Traverse Commons, 1490 Red Drive, Traverse City. For more information visit www.thebotanicgarden.org.

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