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Family Hike To Stebbins Gulch

Date

Sunday, Nov. 9

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost

$5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers

Ages

8 and above

Join us as we travel back in time and into the stream as we explore Stebbins Gulch. We’ll search for crayfish, climb a waterfall and locate rock layers from earlier times. You might even find a fossil or stone carving. Bring a sense of adventure, waterproof boots and a change of clothes. Each family member must be able to walk up steep hills and hike for two miles, often times in the creek. Please dress for the weather and wear foot gear with good tread for wet and slippery walking.

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Giving Thanks – A Celebration of Nature

Date

Sunday, Nov. 23

Time

2 - 3:30pm

Location

Thayer Classroom

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost

$5 per person members, $10 per person nonmembers

Ages

ages 6-12 with an adult

Join us as we give thanks and celebrate all that nature provides. A reading of the Jonathan London book Giving Thanks will be followed by a hike to discover some of the wonders of nature. We will then gather by a fire for a snack and a chance to create your very own Tree of Thanks to take home.

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Gingerbread Houses – Straight from the Woods

Date

Sunday, Dec. 7

Time

2 - 4 pm

Location

Thayer Classroom 

Instructor

Eva Rodriguez

Cost

$40 per family, members; $50 per family, nonmembers

Ages

Families of all ages

Nothing reminds us of the magic of wintertime like gingerbread houses. Come join us as we build houses from real gingerbread and decorate them with items from nature. We will take a hike to collect items, and you can bring some from home. Use the finished house as a seasonal decoration. We encourage you to take a trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden to see the amazing gingerbread houses on display at GLOW from Nov. 28 until Jan. 4. visit cbgarden.org. 

FAM443

Tu Bish’Vat – “The Birthday of Trees”

Date

Sunday, Jan. 11

Time

2 - 4 pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Sharon Graper, Mark Davidson

Cost

$15 per family, members; $35 per family, nonmembers

Ages

Families of all ages

Join the education staff of the Arboretum and the Maltz Museum to learn about the Jewish holiday that honors and affirms the importance of trees. We will explore these amazing plants, take a hike to see them in their natural surroundings, plant some seeds to take home and learn about how the holiday is celebrated in Israel and Jewish communities. Taste the yummy treats that we get from trees as part of the class. Jewish and non-Jewish families are welcome to join the celebration. 

FAM444

Winter Wonderland Hike

Date

Saturday, Jan. 24

Time

10-noon

Location

Thayer Classroom

Instructor

Becky Thompson

Cost

$5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers

Ages

Families with children ages 4-10 years old

Join us for a wonderful adventure as we explore the winter woods. Use all of your senses as we search for animal tracks, frozen water, icicles, red berries and green needles. We’ll see what we can discover and end up using our sense of taste while sipping hot cocoa and eating a sweet snack. The hike will take place on snowshoes if there is enough snow. If not we  will do without. Please dress for the weather.

FAM101

The Mitten

Date

Sunday, Feb. 1

Time

2 - 3:30 pm

Location

Thayer Classroom

Instructor

Education staff

Cost

$5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers

Ages

Families of all ages

We’ll enjoy reading Jan Brett’s charming book, The Mitten, then make mittens out of natural items animals might use to keep warm. You’ll take one mitten home and join us on a short walk into the forest to leave the other for Holden’s animals. Gather back inside by the fire to warm up, enjoy a snack and a warm drink.

 

Family Snowshoe Hikes

Take advantage of the school holidays; get out of the house and come for a hike on Martin Luther King or Presidents’ Day.

Dates

Monday, Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King Day)

Sunday, Feb. 15

Monday, Feb. 16 (Presidents' Day)

Time

1:30 - 3pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost

$5 per child, members, $10 per child, nonmembers

Ages

Families with children ages 4-10 years old

Have you ever wondered how snowshoes work? Come out and try on a pair. We will teach you how to put them on, how to walk, how to turn and how to get back up once you fall down. We will take a winter wonder hike, play some games and use our senses to explore our winter surroundings. Dress for the weather and be sure to wear boots with a large sole if possible. The bigger and heavier the boot, the better the snowshoes stay on.