The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Pick up our new adventure activity backpack in the main lobby and explore the wetlands of Matthaei Botanical Gardens with this handy, printable Wetland Adventure Booklet.

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Youth Programs - Sensational Nature

Spring-Summer 2013 Youth & Kids' Activities & Workshops

Discover, learn, and play all summer at Matthaei and in the Gaffield Children’s Garden. All programs presented by Matthaei-Nichols unless noted otherwise. Preregistration requested!

Sign Up! - For our Sensational Nature programs listed below.

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Tues., July 9, 10-11:30 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
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Get to know our feathered friends at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Young students will investigate different bird habitats and use binoculars to bird by sounds, shapes, and shenanigans. Enjoy decorating a bird house to attract birds to your own backyard. FREE, but space limited, please call the front desk to register (734-647-0150). All ages welcome.

Wed., July 17, 10 am-noon
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Wetland Explorers

Ever wonder what lives at the bottom of a stream or pond? Come with your waterproof shoes or boots to explore the amazing world of wetlands and streams. Dip nets will be provided to find animal and plant treasures.
$5.00 per child 13-YE-16

Tues., Aug 6, 10-11:30 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Incredible Edibles

Who doesn't love to eat? Be a farmer by harvesting vegetables and identifying different pollinators. Using games you’ll learn where our food comes from, and participants will prepare a take-home treat. Program is free and designed for ages 6-12.
Space is limited, preregistration is suggested. Please call the front desk to register (734-647-0150).

Sat., Aug. 17, 1-3 pm
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Mushroom Workshop for Kids and Teens

Presented by Forest Organics
A hands-on workshop to help kids learn the mushroom lifecycle. Participants will learn about different edible gourmet mushrooms and use them to create a one-of-a-kind collage of spore prints. $25.00 Advance registration required. NOTE: This class is offered by an outside group. All registrations are handled through Forest Organics; no registrations sold through Matthaei-Nichols. For information and to register visit the Forest Organics website.

Wed., Aug. 21, 10 am-noon
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Sam Graham Trees Hike

What could be better than a hike in the woods? Trees and other native plants provide food, shelter, building materials, and so much more. Explore this creek-side trail and learn about the legacy Sam Graham left behind.
$5.00 per child 13-YE-17

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