The Holden Experience

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Highlights Tours

Date/Time

Saturdays, 10 - 11:30am; and Saturdays and Sundays, 2 - 3:30pm September and October

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Cost

Free for members, with gate admission for nonmembers

Enjoy an easy, one-mile guided walk among the collections, gardens and natural areas while learning about Holden’s history and programming. An excellent tour for first time visitors and those interested in taking a closer look at beautiful plants. There is no need to register for this tour.

 

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Fall Bird Walks

Date

Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 8

Time

7:30 - 10:30am

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Stanley Plante

Cost

Free for members, with gate admission for nonmembers

These walks throughout Holden’s gardens and natural areas will focus on all the birds that can be seen and heard with special emphasis placed on migrating birds of fall and returning winter residents. Join us whether you are a beginning or experienced birder. Walks depart promptly at 7:30am from the Corning Visitor Center. Bring binoculars and a field guide.

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Senior Horticulture Group

Date

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Time

10am - noon

Location

Reinberger Classroom

Instructor

Holden staff

Cost

$5 members, $7 nonmembers

Older adults interested in plants, nature, good health and making new friends are encouraged to join this wellness group. Gatherings, scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, offer discussion and a related activity. Light refreshments are served.

Nov. 19

Centerpiece Making with Live Greens – Holden horticultural staff

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Wine and Cheese Night Hike

Dates

Friday, Nov. 21

Time

7 - 10pm

Location

Thayer Center

Instructor

Dan Donaldson

Cost

$25 members, $40 nonmembers

Notes

Adults only

Enjoy a leisurely hike along Holden’s diverse woodland trails in search of night sounds and animal sightings and learn a bit about the night time forest ecosystem. After the hike, relax and enjoy a selection of wines, non-alcoholic beverages, fresh fruit and gourmet cheeses. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather, this hike goes rain or shine. These hikes fill quickly – prompt registration is suggested.

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Celebrate Fall Colors in Silk

Date

Saturday, Nov. 22

Time

9:30am – 4:30pm

Location

Reinberger Classroom

Instructor

Gunter Schwegler

Cost

$65 members, $85 nonmembers

Capture the beauty of fall foliage and nature’s other colors in shimmering handpainted silk using a resist method and water-based dyes that flow like watercolor. Release your inner artist as you create two painted silks, either 12” x 60” or 26” square, while learning brush control, color mixing, shading and a bit of history. Advanced students can make one large silk. No experience necessary. Bring a brown bag lunch.

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Yoga in The Garden

Date

Session 1: Tuesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and Jan. 6, 13, 20            

Session 2: Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 3

Time

9 - 10:30am

Location

Thayer Center

Instructor

Barbara Tercek, RYT

OR

Date

Session 1: Fridays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and Jan. 9, 16, 23

Session 2: Fridays, Jan. 30 through March 6

Time

9 - 10:30am

Location

Thayer Center

Instructor

Barbara Tercek, RYT

OR

Date

Session 1: Tuesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and Jan. 6, 13, 20

Session 2: Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 3

Time

5:15 - 6:45pm

Location

Thayer Center

Instructor

Judy Churchill, AYT, RYT, CYT

OR

Date

Session 1: Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8, 15, 22

Session 2:  Thursdays, Jan. 29 through March 5

Time

5:30 - 7pm

Location

Thayer Center

Instructor

Judy Churchill, AYT, RYT, CYT

Cost

$50 per session, members; $70 per session, nonmembers

Need vitality, joy and stress relief? Try the mindful practice of Hatha Yoga. Become more centered and focused through breath work; cultivate flexibility, strength and deep relaxation. Held at an indoor location with a garden view. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a mat, pillow and your sense of inquisitiveness. Beginners to experts welcome.

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Gentle Chair Yoga

Date

Session 1: Tuesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and Jan. 6, 13, 20

Session 2: Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 3

Time

11am - noon

Location

Thayer Center

Instructor

Barbara Tercek

Cost

$40 per session, members; $55 per session, nonmembers

Chair yoga adapts traditional yoga poses so that they can be done with a chair for support, making yoga accessible for everyone. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques, increase flexibility and strength, and improve your balance and circulation. Your body and mind are really going to appreciate this class. All are welcome. A great program for seniors. Wear loose comfortable clothing.

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Wine and Cheese Night Hike

Date

Fridays, Dec. 12, Jan. 9 and Feb. 13

Time

7 - 10pm

Location

Thayer Center

Instructor

Dan Donaldson

Cost

$25 members, $40 nonmembers

Must be 21 years old or older to attend.

Enjoy a leisurely hike along Holden's diverse woodland trails in search of night sounds, animal sightings and learn a bit about the night time forest ecosystem. After the hike, relax and enjoy a selection of wines, non-alcoholic beverages, fresh fruit and gourmet cheeses. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather, this hike goes no matter the weather. These hikes fill quickly – prompt registration is suggested.

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Learn to Snowshoe

Date

Sundays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25; Saturdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Time

2 - 4pm

Location

Thayer Lobby

Cost

Free for members, with gate admission for nonmembers

Gather your family and friends and learn to snowshoe.  After a brief demonstration, you will strap on snowshoes and go for a gentle hike to explore the great outdoors.  Program is only held when there is adequate cover. 

Participants should be over the age of 10.  Families with younger children should register for the snowshoeing class offered in the Children’s Discoveries section.

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Senior Horticulture Group

Date

Wednesdays, Dec. 17, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18

Time

10am - noon

Location

Reinberger Classroom

Instructor

Holden staff

Cost

$5 members, $7 nonmembers

Older adults interested in plants, nature, good health and making new friends are encouraged to join this wellness group. Gatherings, scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, offer discussion and a related activity. Light refreshments served.

Dec. 17

Holiday Party: Food, Music, Crafts and Holden Update

Jan. 21

The Forest Cities: Urban Forests in Northeast Ohio – Chad Clink Holden’s Community Forester

Feb. 18

Movie: The Botany of Desire

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Ice Photography Workshop with Ian Adams  

Dates

Saturday, Jan. 24

Time

9am - 4:30pm

Location

Reinberger Classroom

Instructor

Ian Adams

Cost

$65 members, $85 nonmembers

Join environmental photographer Adams for a slide program with tips for taking great winter photographs with your iPhone, point-&-shoot or SLRcamera, followed by an exciting hike through the woods into the icy depths of Stebbins Gulch to photograph the spectacular icicles and frozen waterfalls that line the gorge in midwinter.  Bring a bag lunch and be prepared for wet, rugged hiking conditions.  Meet again on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 2-4pm for a review and critique of your Stebbins Gulch photos and learn some PhotoShop/Lightroom tips for fine-tuning and sharing your winter photographs.  This program is designed for people with a basic understanding of digital photography.

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