2019 Program Schedule at The Botanic Garden

Our Garden is a place for learning and growing — we hope you can join us soon!

Many of our programs, classes and events here at The Botanic Garden are free — some do include a registration fee. Proceeds from paid events benefit the Garden in many ways, including allowing us to continue attracting high caliber presenters! Please plan to offer a donation when you attend a free program, class or event. You’re able to make a donation online through MyNorth Tickets when you ‘check out’ or you can bring your donation to the event. Please follow our Facebook Events for real time updates. Thank you!

June 19th-July 17th: Kids Outdoor Yoga with Little Minds Yoga and Well-being

Join us for Outdoor Yoga for Mindful Minis in the Pavilion with Little Minds Yoga and Well-being!

This five-week series of kids outdoor yoga classes will meet once a week on the following Wednesdays:
June 19th
June 26th
July 3rd
July 10th
July 17th

Outdoor Yoga for Mindful Minis (ages 3-6)
9:00am — 9:45am

Outdoor Yoga for Yogi Warriors (ages 7-11)
10:00am — 10:45am

Register for the full five weeks at the discounted rate of $50 or register at the class drop-in rate of $12.

CLICK HERE to see the full class description and register today!

July 1st-July 22nd: Guided Meditation at the Garden

Meditation at the Garden classes continue with Stephen and Theresa Bangle! The $20 fee covers all four sessions. The Bangles will be donating all proceeds back to The Botanic Garden! Beginners as well as experienced meditators are welcome to join us for this class.

Join us on the following Mondays from 5pm-6pm:
July 1st
July 8th
July 15th
July 22nd

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July 7th: Paleontology, Paleobotany and the Rise of the Apes with Professor Kieran McNulty

Paleontology, Paleobotany and the Rise of the Apes with Professor Kieran McNulty
Sunday, July 7th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
University of Minnesota Professor Kieran McNulty returns to The Botanic Garden on Sunday, July 7th at 2:00pm for another fascinating lecture on the ancestors of apes and humans, focusing on the role of fossil plant discoveries in our understanding of early ape evolution.

There is no fee for this lecture. Free will donations will support vulnerable and orphaned children in west Kenya through the Kathy and Mike McNulty Academy primary school. $500 raised would pay for a month of the school’s food program for the 80 children served as well as two teacher salaries.

This lecture is open to the public but advance registration is requested.

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July 11th: Garden Storyteller Series — STEAMing Through Space

Garden Storyteller Series: STEAMing Through Space
Thursday, July 11th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Join us for the third event in a series of four seasonal storytelling programs for families!

Michigan Humanities Touring Artist & Storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will blend science teacher and storyteller experience into an interactive, wacky program filled with intergalactic stories, songs and DIY ideas for young space explorers. Orbit the moon, travel to the sun and stars! Learn to make moon rocks and launch your own rocket.

Our Garden Storyteller Series is presented in partnership with the Traverse Area District Library and made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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August 11th: Colantha's Garden Celebration 2019

Please join us for Colantha’s Garden Celebration at Historic Barns Park on Sunday, August 11th, from 12:00pm-4:00pm and enjoy an afternoon of family fun — it’s free!

FOOD TRUCKS • CAKE WALK • WAGON RIDES • LIVE MUSIC • CRAFT FAIR • GARDENING & FARMING DEMONSTRATIONS • CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES • BARN & GARDEN TOURS • AND MORE FREE FAMILY FUN!

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August 14th: The Buzz About "BUGS!" with Dr. Nate Walton

The Buzz About “BUGS!” with Dr. Nate Walton
Wednesday, August 14th, 10:00am-11:30am
Dr. Nate Walton, entomologist and MSU Horticulture Program Instructor, creates a ‘buzz’ for kids during his “BUGS!” program! Kids will build a large insect model, study entomology collections, hold wasp nests, and interact with live bugs.

REGISTRATION INFO COMING SOON!

September 12th: How to Walk a Labyrinth with Beth Christiansen

How to Walk a Labyrinth with Beth Christiansen
Thursday, September 12th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Beth Christiansen, Education and Outreach Specialist at Lake Superior State University’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education, will discuss techniques for walking labyrinths for health, wellness, and healing benefits.

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September 19th: Water Stewardship in the Garden with Roberta Dow

Water Stewardship in the Garden with Roberta Dow
Thursday, September 19th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Roberta Dow, MSU Extension Educator, will discuss water stewardship and what we can do to protect both surface and ground waters.

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October 9th: Houseplants in our Homes with Jeanine Rubert

Houseplants in our Homes with Jeanine Rubert
Wednesday, October 9th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Jeanine Rubert, local gardening expert and co- owner of Pine Hill Nursery and Pine Hill Village Gardens, will discuss the benefits of adding houseplants to our homes, as well as best practices and tips for plant selection and care.

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October 13th: Garden Storyteller Series — Harvest Tales to Tell Together

Garden Storyteller Series: Harvest Tales to Tell Together
Sunday, October 13th, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Join us for the fourth and final event in a series of seasonal storytelling programs for families!

Experience the magic of the autumn season with Michigan Humanities Touring Artist & Storyteller Jenifer Strauss. This interactive program will include stories and songs about the cycles of nature and a pumpkin craft.

Our Garden Storyteller Series is presented in partnership with the Traverse Area District Library and made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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October 23rd: Hydrangea Wreaths Make & Take with Terry Hooper

Hydrangea Wreaths Make & Take with Terry Hooper
Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Terry Hooper, Master Gardener and owner of Hooper’s Farm Gardens, is back for another wonderful make-it-take-it class! During this program, she will guide participants through creating their own hydrangea wreath. The $35 fee will cover all your materials.

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November 24th: Eating Clean During the Holidays with Devin Moore

Eating Clean During the Holidays with Devin Moore
Sunday, November 24th, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Devin Moore, Oryana Education and Outreach Coordinator, will share tips and tools for clean eating during the holidays – with minimal effort!

November 23rd & 24th: Holiday Sale in the Gift Shop

Holiday Sale in the Gift Shop
Saturday, November 23rd, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, November 24th, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Handcrafted art tiles, ceramics, metal garden sculptures, fountains, wooden bowls, watercolor notecards, and nature photography and more from local artists, all on sale for the holidays!

December 7th: Terrarium Make & Take with Terry Hooper

Terrarium Make & Take with Terry Hooper
Saturday, December 7th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Terry Hooper, Master Gardener and owner of Hooper’s Farm Gardens, is back for another wonderful make-it-take-it class! During this program, she will guide participants through creating their own terrariums. The $35 fee will cover all your materials.

REGISTRATION INFO COMING SOON!

December 7th & 8th: Holiday Sale in the Gift Shop

Holiday Sale in the Gift Shop
Saturday, December 7th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, December 8th, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Handcrafted art tiles, ceramics, metal garden sculptures, fountains, wooden bowls, watercolor notecards, and nature photography and more from local artists, all on sale for the holidays!

May - October: Garden Explorer Backpack Program

From May-October, stop by the Visitor’s Center during our business hours and check out a Garden Explorer Backpack with nature-inspired activities for children (and their families) to enjoy! Each backpack has several children’s garden or nature books, a bird identification guide and binoculars, a mini microscope, magnifying lenses, a pictorial garden scavenger hunt, directions to build a fairy house with natural materials, equipment for leaf and bark rubbings, and more. The backpacks can be checked out for the day for FREE! Parents and/or caregivers can use the materials to explore the garden and park with children. The Visitor’s Center is open Mondays-Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Here’s a sneak peek of the items waiting to be discovered by little Garden Explorers…

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