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Adaptations and Ecosystem Relationships

(Grade 3) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real outdoor experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.


American Indians in Virginia History (4th grade)

(Grade 4) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.


Choose Your Nature Walk

(2-Adult) Book a walk with one of our Children’s Education teachers and choose from a variety of topics for the themed tour of the park. Each tour will include a hands on element and can be customized to include the science topics your students are learning in school. Choose one of the following topics: Pond Fauna & Flora, Native VA Plants & Trees, Watersheds & Geology of Green Spring, VA Ecosystems Walk, History of Green Spring as a Farm or General Garden Tour. You can sign up for our scheduled walks or schedule an on-demand tour.


Family Fun - Excellent Evergreens

(5-Adult) Learn about the wonderful world of evergreen trees and plants that really stand out this time of year. Enjoy a seasonal walk through the gardens and make an evergreen craft to decorate your home.


Floral Design Workshop-Fruits & Vegetables (16+)

(16-Adult) Fruits and vegetables make beautiful features in floral arrangements if you know how to use them. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway will show you which edibles work well in in flower arrangements and demonstrate techniques for incorporating them. You will go home with a stunning arrangement of flowers and edibles to accent your home. Supply fee $30.


Floral Design-Holiday Table Arrangement

(Adults) Enjoy the lush holiday colors and textures by bringing them into your home. Learn how to create a unique, take-home floral design that celebrates the season with the help of professional floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Learn tips and tricks of the trade to practice on your own designs at home.


Garden Sprouts Fall-Nature Playgroup

(3-5 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Through games, songs, activities and a garden walk we explore seasonal topics. Program will take place outdoors, weather permitting.


Garden Talk: Curb Appeal for Fall Beauty

(16-Adult) Your home’s front entry provides guests with the first impression of your space. Extension master gardeners show you how to create a warm and inviting entry with colorful berries, dazzling leaves, beautifully structured branches, stunning grasses, standout seed heads - even blooming flowers. Find a new favorite to add beauty and vibrance to your fall and winter landscape.


JGS-Gardener

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’s website for details. This title allows online group registration.


Nature Scavenger Hunt

(4-Adult) Join us on the first Saturday of each month to learn about different aspects of nature and go on the hunt for themed objects around the park.


Nature Stretching & Games

(5-8 yrs.) Experience rest and relaxation with stretching and movement among the beautiful gardens at Green Spring, followed by nature themed games to get some exercise.


Outdoor Storytelling

(2-Adult) Join us every other week at Green Spring Gardens for a story. Families can bring a picnic blanket or just sit in the grass and listen to our storytellers read a story with a different theme. Afterwards, take some time to explore our gardens, ponds and Historic House.


Scotch Whisky and Cheese Tasting

(21-Adult) Few foods so perfectly complement Scotch whisky as cheese. Both have unique and wide-ranging flavor profiles so there’s a cheesy counterpart for each distinctive pour! Sample delicious pairings of cheese and single malts and learn how to savor the two separately, and together.


Seasons and Weather

(Grade 1-Grade 4) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real outdoor experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.


Senses

(Kindergarten) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real outdoor experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.


Watercolor Workshop: Orchids (16-Adult)

(16-Adult) Some subjects just scream to be painted in watercolors and orchids are one of those subjects. Taught by botanical artist Dawn Flores, plan and execute an orchid-inspired painting. Information on orchid anatomy, lessons on color, and a variety of watercolor techniques and transfer practices are presented. Orchid owners may bring in their own specimen or work from photographs provided by the instructor. This class is appropriate for any skill level. Bring a lunch.


Winter Wreath Workshop

(14-Adult) Create a beautiful, winter wreath to take home for your front door after Green Spring staff members demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. Greens, forms, ribbon and cones included in the $25 supply fee. Please register for the program and supply fee.


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