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Washington Park Arboretum
Center for Urban Horticulture

Family Nature Classes

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Join us for a Family Nature Class 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.
Each class begins with an opportunity to explore several learning stations based on the week’s theme where children can practice fine motor skills, sensory investigation, creativity, and pre-math and literacy skills. Station time is followed by an opening circle and hike where the group will play games, listen to a story and further explore the weekly theme. Family Nature Class is a great way to get outside with your preschooler, foster curiosity and explore the natural world.

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.

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Program Details

WHO: Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. The group maximum is 12 children.
WHEN: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 9:30-11:30am for 2-5 year olds
WHERE: August Classes: Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle), near the fountain in the Soest Garden
September-November Classes: Washington Park Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle), behind the greenhouse at the Graham Visitors Center under a big white tent.

Cost

SERIES:. Sign up for 6 or more classes (any day of the week) $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). Additional adults are free!

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

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 only 1 spot left. You can register by calling 206-685-8033.

2016 Series Dates & Topics

 

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 Botanic Gardens. 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 class will get muddy and wet on our adventures!

Staff

Teacher Tifanie (Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Tifanie Treter received her Naturalist Certificate from the Morton Arboretum, near Chicago, where she was a lead guide for school field trips, family programs, and summer camps. After relocating to Seattle, she has volunteered at the UW Botanic Gardens with the school programs and the Fiddleheads Forest School.  In her free time Tifanie enjoys learning about her new Pacific Northwest surroundings through exploring the many natural areas that surround Seattle. She looks forward to sharing the Botanic Gardens with the many families that visit! 

Teacher Lisa (Fridays and Saturdays)

Lisa Sanphillippo is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Naturalist living in Seattle for 23 years.  Her background is in theater, but she has been an informal educator for 16 years – the last 11 here at UW Botanic Gardens leading field trips for preschool to high school students at both Washington Park Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture.  Lisa is super excited to work with families exploring and discovering the wonders of nature at both sites.

Make-Up and Cancellation Policies

Family Nature Class 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 15% (Minimum $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.

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Tuesday, 16-Aug-2016 14:12:49 PDT