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Washington Park Arboretum
Center for Urban Horticulture

Fiddleheads Family Nature Classes

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Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this fall, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime.  Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses.
Class will begin with an opportunity to explore several learning stations based on the week's theme where your child can practice fine motor skills, sensory investigation, creativity, and pre-math and literacy skills. Then the group will gather together to do a name rhyme and topic introduction before heading out on a hike.
Along the way, we will play a game and listen to a story related to the theme. Above all, we will explore and let the natural curiosity of the young ones direct our adventures.

Gift certificates are available for purchase. Please call (206) 685-8033.NEW this January: Wednesday Afternoon Classes for 4 and 5 year olds. These classes with be geared toward older preschoolers, with faster pacing and a slightly different teaching style.

ONLINE REGISTRATION Questions? Contact us at uwbgeduc@uw.edu or call (206) 685-8033
Online registration closes on the day before the event. If your class date is not listed, the class is full or online registration has closed.
Pre-registration is required. This allows our instructor to properly plan and prepare for each class so that you and your child can get the most out of it. Drop-ins are not accepted.

*Waitlist option - Call or email to be put on the waitlist for the class(es) of your choice. We occasionally have last minute openings. parent and child

Program Details

WHO: Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. The group maximum is 12 children.
WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 10am-12pm
WHERE: Washington Park Arboretum on the west side of the Greenhouse, behind the courtyard attached to the Graham Visitor Center (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112) OR
Center for Urban Horticulture at the NE corner of the courtyard with the fountain, under the big oak tree (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle WA 98105)

A note about the calendar:
FULL - The class is full, but you can still get on the waitlist by calling 206-685-8033, or emailing uwbgeduc@uw.edu.
CALL - The class has 1 or 2 spots left. You can register by calling 206-685-8033.

2014-15 Series Dates & Topics

Cost

ENTIRE SERIES: 9 week series. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Meets weekly. $14/class for 1 adult and 1 child. Additional child: $7/class (children must be attending with the same adult to receive the second child discount)

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: Sign up for 6 or more classes (any day of the week) and receive the “entire series” discount.

INDIVIDUAL CLASSES: $18/class for 1 adult and 1 child. Additional child: $9/class (children must be attending with the same adult to receive the second child discount). Additional adults are free!

GIFT CERTIFICATE: Share a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class with someone! Call 206-685-8033 to order one today. The certificate will be good toward a class of the reciepents choosing (assuming open classes) and is good for 1 year after purchase.

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Note About Weather

This program will run rain, shine, snow, sleet or hail. The only conditions we would cancel for are un-safe roads (snow, ice) or lightning.

Clothing

If your child is comfortably dressed for the weather, he or she will be able to focus on exploring and having fun at the Arboretum. If it's raining: long underwear top and bottom, rain pants, fleece, rain coat, boots, and hat/gloves if it's cold. Expect that anything you wear to the Arboretum will get muddy and wet on our adventures!

Staff

Teacher: Kate Maher

Kate Maher is a naturalist and science educator whose passion is working with children and families outdoors. Kate spent her early years exploring the forests, ponds, and grasslands of her native Kansas, and she believes in the importance of helping young people connect to the natural world around them. Kate has experience teaching young children in summer camps, outdoor day programs, and as a guest scientist in pre-schools, in addition to working with families as a park ranger and natural history museum educator. She is excited to join the team at the Arborteum and explore this beautiful park while teaching and learning.

Make-Up and Cancellation Policies

Fiddleheads Family make up policy:
If you notify us at uwbgeduc@uw.edu or (206) 685-8033 48 hours in advance of your class you are eligible for a makeup class. You are not eligible for a makeup class if you notify us less than 48 hours in advance or do not attend the class.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel by contacting us at uwbgeduc@uw.edu or (206) 685-8033 48 hours in advance of your class you are eligible for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. You are not eligible for a refund if you cancel less than 48 hours in advance or do not attend the class.

Last modified:
Tuesday, 25-Nov-2014 11:17:00 PST