We provide a self-guided adventure hunt to help your group explore the Pinetum, garden or greenhouse, and special green guests. Follow the clues, collect stamps in your passport, and try the themed challenges and hands-on activities. You’ll have fun and build your nature brain! Cost $10/Family, Recommended age 3-10, all ages welcome!
Drop into the GEC Greenhouse to see a ten minute demonstration: how to build your own papercrete containers, and then take some creative time to play with our supplies.
We are watching the forecast carefully for snow on the first day of Spring. We will post any weather updates or cancellations on this page. Thanks!
WEATHER UPDATE: AFTERNOON SPROUTS IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER and local cancellations. AFTERNOON SPROUTS FAMILIES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND MORNING MUSHROOMS, 9:15-10:15am (snow and rain are expected from Noon to 3pm, and snow after 3pm).
We’ll also provide some prompts for an early Spring search inside the greenhouse and among the mosses and early spring sights in the Pinetum. With very cold weather expected, our self-guided scavenger hunt in the Pinetum will require your warmest fairy costumes and wildest imaginations. There is so much to see when you practice looking closely. We’ll help you find the spots to watch for big bright changes to come. The Montgomery Pinetum provides much inspiration for family exploring. Pre-registration required: PRE-REGISTER HERE, $20 per child supports our growing Gardening for Stewardship Enrichment program. Hope to see you then!
A fairy ring is rising – thanks to our Mushrooms and Sprouts who planted in the Autumn
We see you, Fern! Don’t miss the earliest stages of unfurling
Our intern spotted these fairy castles last year and we love returning to them all year
Do you know where this faucet is?
How do you know where to search for fairy rings in Spring?
From our Encyclopedia of Gardening: A “Fairy Ring” of Fern Fiddleheads
Our originally scheduled Third Sunday Nature Play Day, 2-4 pm at the GEC, has been cancelled. However, you can still enjoy the day outside with family. Take a look at our play notes, invite your friends, and take a hike!
We cannot wait to celebrate with friends and family this week at the GEC. On Thursday, the classroom will be transformed into a homemade gift workshop: orange pomander balls, fragrant mulling spice sachets, and gift wrap satchels, to give to loved ones, or decorate your home. The Snow Princess will visit and share a story. Upstairs, you can join our elegant and decadent tea. A holiday tradition not to be missed!
On Wednesday, we’ll be decorating with the Mushrooms (age 1-3 with their grownups), hanging clove and orange balls and lights on our classroom citrus trees tomorrow morning, from 9-10 am. We are already spotting some of their delicious smelling blossoms. Will the pomanders help keep away any mealies this year? We’ll see! We will also plant a ring of daffodil bulbs from the Greenwich Daffodil Society outdoors – take one of these historic treasures home with you, and we will watch them grow together in the Spring.
Still enrolling for Mushrooms winter fun outdoors, and play under our citrus and new rubber trees in the classroom. We will tend amaryllis and terrariums, compost bins, and moss tables together indoors, and toddle around in the Pinetum together as the pond turns to ice. Will we catch any snowflakes?