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
Sharing some spring nature-based classroom ideas from our windowsills and grounds to yours. The weather prediction for Cos Cob was pretty chilly, and there are still piles of snow and layers of clothes to put on in the Pinetum.
Here are four steps we took to prepare for our toddler explorers on a cool spring day, before enjoying the surprises we found together.
Step 1: WINDOWSILLS
Step 2: COMPOST STATION
STEP 3: A STORY STATION
STEP 4: A CRAFTY HANDS-ON TABLE
Cos Cob, CT: April 1: Sunny, with a high near 48. Wind chill values between 20 and 30 early. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph