Family Greenhouse Demo & Fairy Play

Our Microgreen Farm Workshop with GEC Youth has sold out for Mushrooms, and Sprouts today, but don’t worry!  This Sunday we have two family demo times.

Mushrooms Ages 1-3; 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Sprouts Age 3-8; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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!


Teen Greenhouse Project

Think we can we build the horticultural building out of gingerbread?
Teens, come help us analyze the structure, make sketches and experiment
Teens, age 12-17
Our November volunteer opportunities are below (four hours total):

Second Sunday Teen Volunteers
November 8, 2-3:30 pm:  Sketching the Greenhouse
We need you to photograph, sketch and build models of the greenhouse
Meet at the horticultural Building

Teen Volunteer Family Play Assistants
Third Sunday Family Play
November 15, 1:45-4:15 pm
Building a gingerbread greenhouse
Teens assist as families work together to build an edible greenhouse
Downstairs classroom at 130 Bible Street

Pre-register and RSVP ASAP to Director of Youth Education, Ms D.
youth.director@ or call 203-869-9242
Did you ever try melting candy into glass and building a greenhouse? We haven’t yet. Should be a fun challenge to try.  See you there.

Family Nature Play | Spring Warm Ups

This week we’re celebrating the first day of Spring on Friday, March 20th and we’ve been really into learning about solar energy.
Unfortunately, without enough signups for this week’s Family Day, our guest expert visit, and demonstration of the solar oven with Permaculture Design Expert Helen Loughrey has been cancelled.  However, we learned a lot from her presentation at the Pollinators workshop last week. I’ll be in the greenhouse today if you want to stop by, I’ll share the story of how she used the principles and tools of permaculture, and her super observation skills to boil a cup of water, in 42 degree weather, on a cloudy day, in less than an hour.  And of course, the solar energy we’re collecting in the greenhouse means a pleasant 71 degrees, with plenty of bright green plants for sale.  Stop by!  We’re open from 2-4 pm, and activities in the workshop take about 30 minutes to complete.


Helen presented a demonstration on solar ovens during March Pollinators
275 degrees F!
You can build a mini solar oven, and try some of our spring warm up exercises.
mini solar ovens with materials that reflect, absorb and help us look for shadows and angles of the sun.
Capturing and storing energy in winter is also about air and water so: You can take a close look at our flower pot space heater
how a flower pot heater is constructed, and how does it work?
and a look inside the amazing kelly kettle prediction for Cos Cob:  Scattered sprinkles after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
Please pre-register $10/family at
Thank you for your support!  Together we are planting seeds for lifelong learning, healthy living, and good stewardship.