In December, 2008 the Connecticut College Arboretum received a small grant from the Conservation and Research Foundation to support an expansion of environmental education offerings for children in the greater New London community. The programs were specifically designed to engage children between the ages of 4 and 12, and were offered free of charge with the intention of attracting families who might not be able to afford to pay for such experiences.
The 2009 Children’s Programs included: Plant Your Own Chia Pet; Name that Tree!; Understanding Ocean Currents; Learning to Use a Map and Compass; Woodland Wildflowers – An After School Adventure; A Buried Treasure: Fun with Fossils; A Pizza Garden Planting; Ten Native Trees Walk and Workshop; A Pond Walk and Dragonfly Tale; Art in Nature: Creating sculpture with John Sargent; Picnic in the Caroline Black Garden; Hunting for Botanical Treasures on the Campus; What on Earth Can you do with an Old Pickle Jar?; Creating Autumn Sculptures in the Arboretum; Pumpkin Circle: Storytelling and Crafts; Boo! It’s A Halloween Party; Life in the Desert Workshop; If I were an Oak Tree Games and Crafts; Creating Holiday Ornaments from Nature Workshop, and the New London Youth Environmental Conference.
Congratulations on a successful year!