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!

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Dragons and Damsels

A quick look at some setup scenes from our Mushrooms Nature Play session today.

garden chores: planting seeds, checking plants carefully…

feeding our vermicomposters, pulling weeds
  
scooping extra water from below the garden, after a big rain (these garden towers are going to the sunmer school program soon!)

  

tending our worm bin and looking closely at monarch chrysalis that hatched
  
Damsel and Dragon Fly resouces. they hace been all over the Pond and Pinetum! we saw quite a few today, but the frogs and turtles were the stars!
   
A flag to our feeder, refilling for the chipmunks and birds)
  
remember when we painted the birdhouse, Mushrooms? who is living in there now?
 
right below the birdhouse, a our gkitchen for greeting and play
  

 

This was our last Mushrooms (Toddlers and Caregivers) Meetup of the Spring.  During the next two weeks we’ll be welcoming our Sprouts & Seedlings into the garden.  We’ll see you Wednesday mornings again in July, Mushrooms!

Hope to see you on Sunday for Experience the Sound!

Mushrooms | Cheerily Cheer up with two little Robins

Dear Mushrooms,

Inspired by last week’s Robin spotters, our shared interest in worms (both Robins’s food and our windowsill kale red-wiggler composters), today we are singing a song.  I looked for something with simple rhymes, for poetry month and here’s our finger play diddy::

Two little Robins sitting on a hill  (sitting really still, etc.)

One named Jack, the other named Jill

Fly away Jack, fly away Jill

Come back Jack, come back Jill

Sibley's guide on hand, and some little hand held birds for our song. Maybe you'd like to make two little birds? Maybe you'd like to color a bird spotting scope?
Sibley’s guide on hand, and some little hand held birds for our song. Maybe you’d like to make two little birds at our craft table, or maybe you’d like to color a bird spotting scope (paper towel tube)?
Also, as part of our classroom chores, we're checking on those willow branches we put in water last week.  Does anyone want to try their hand at sawing off the end of a new branch today?
Also, as part of our classroom chores, we’re checking on those willow branches we put in water last week. Does anyone want to try their hand at sawing off the end of a new branch today?

Bring your rainboots for our mini hike, I wonder if we’ll see any Robins, and inspect where they’ve been digging.  Are the Pinetum field worms wriggling around yet, or is it still too cold?

 Today
Rain or drizzle, mainly after 11am. High near 42. East wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
See you soon,
Ms. D