Children’s Programs

Jan
19
Sat
Spark an Interest in Fire Building & Campfire Cooking @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Learn how to collect, lay and properly keep a campfire burning. Once our fire is brewing, we’ll use it to cook up a simple plant-based soup or hot beverage to sip around the fire while listening to stories

Jan
21
Mon
Family Snowshoe Hikes @ Holden Arboretum
Jan 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how snowshoes work? Learn how to put them on, walk, turn and get back up once you fall down. We will play some games and take a walk. You will be a pro in no time. 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.

Feb
2
Sat
Family Hike To Little Mountain @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Get outside and explore the sights and sounds of the season at Little Mountain. Help us locate the sites of old hotels, find names carved in rock more than 100 years ago and search for the old spring house. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable boots. This hike is over two miles up steep terrain.

 

Feb
9
Sat
Winter Nature Adventures: Session 2 @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Session 2: Saturdays, Feb. 9 – March 2

Many of us have seen how nature delights children, which is why nature is the cornerstone of this intensive 4 week program designed to facilitate the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional benefits for children harnessed by nature.

The forest is full of unexpected and often dramatically beautiful settings in all seasons. Wintertime is particularly magical. Your child (4 – 7) will engage all their senses to explore and discover the full array of nature’s winter delights in the Arboretum’s Working Woods, such as fort building, animal tracking, and free play. So, bundle up and come out and play! This program is led by Audrey Elszasz, an early childhood educator and outdoor education specialist, along with Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists.

Appropriate winter gear is required! Participants will be outdoors for the full two hours, so proper layering from head to toe is essential. Drop off and pick up at Working Woods.

 

The Mitten @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

We’ll enjoy reading Jan Brett’s charming book, The Mitten, and 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 the Arboretum’s animals. Gather back inside by the fire to warm up, enjoy a snack and a warm drink.

Feb
18
Mon
Family Snowshoe Hikes @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how snowshoes work? Learn how to put them on, walk, turn and get back up once you fall down. We will play some games and take a walk. You will be a pro in no time. 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.