Family Nature Play 1.18.15 Mini Greenhouses

What to expect on Third Sunday Family Nature Play, January 18, 2015, 2-4 pm?  Our Cob Cob weather report says “high near 46. Light and variable wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.  Periods of rain will be heavy at times.”

That means it’s a perfect day to see what the weather is like in the greenhouse!   Get hands on as we’re preparing for a new perennial pollinator garden in the Spring, and will be revisiting/refreshing the school pollinator garden we helped plant last year.

  • We’ll show you how we construct mini-greenhouses with water jugs.
  • You’ll get to dig in and work with fluffy milkweed seeds, and a variety of wildflower seeds.
  • Follow the arrows to scope out our monarch waystation location behind the greenhouse, near our new compost bin.  You’re welcome to take some graph paper and a clipboard.  Imagine, plan, and sketch out a butterfly home.  We have plenty of resources set out, in case you want to learn more or play landscape designer.  Here’s a beautiful post by Petals and Wings to warm you up:  seems we’re not the only ones thinking of Monarchs and Milkweed in January.
  • As always, there will be hidden stamps to find on the trails nearby, children’s books to read, and plants for sale.
  • You can see the details of how our Second Sunday Pollinators (age 12-17) constructed these mini greenhouses in their January workshop by clicking HERE.

Please preregister HERE, or just stop by.  $10/family goes to support our children’s programs.


Nature Play resources: helping us visualize the Spring gardens we're creating.  Can you remember seeing any Monarch last year?
Nature Play resources: helping us visualize the Spring gardens we’re creating. Can you remember seeing any Monarch butterflies last year?


constructing mini greenhouses with simple tools and recycled materials.
What else is happening in the garden in January? I love this image. It was sent to me by a friend who creates magnificent winter urns for her neighbors in Brooklyn. Love this image from!

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)


One thought on “Family Nature Play 1.18.15 Mini Greenhouses

  1. Updates from Nature Play: Two enthusiastic family slid out to the GEC on the icy roads, we truly appreciate their dedication. It was a great opportunity to hear from families about their butterfly gardens, and their monarch waystation plans. I hope to hear updates about their mini-greenhouses and what takes root. What a pleasure to see hands-on in the workshop space: young family members gaining experience using tools and building, but also recycling materials, planning experiments, and even drawing out gardens for next year (the graph paper and Spirograph tools we put out were popular). We kept the scavenger hunt for stamps (made by our pollinators) in the greenhouse, and plenty of living treasures were found and admired too. Thanks again for coming out.


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