Spring Break at Matthei Botanical Gardens

Do you want to take advantage of the end of the polar vortex and warmer spring weather to get outside this spring break? University of Michigan’s Matthei Botanical Gardens has several Make Way for Spring kids programs this week for spring break. Each program is from 10a-noon.

“Is It Spring Yet” will be held on Monday, April 7. During this free event,  children and their parents can grab an activity backpack for a self-guided scavenger hunt for signs of spring. Unfortunately tomorrow’s weather forecast with a 100% chance of rain is not cooperating.

On Tuesday, April 8 during “Windowsill Wonders” kids can make a windowsill garden plots. They will learn about seed starting, decorate a clay pot, and plant a few seeds to eventually be transplanted outside. The event is $5/child including all materials. Registration is available online.

Wednesday’s topic is one that I struggled with when I first moved to Michigan. In “What Grows in Your Yard?”, kids will learn why some plants thrive in Michigan and others struggle. While the climate zones were fairly similar to where I came from, the soil composition is fairly different. The class is $5/child. Registration is available online.

On Thursday, April 10 they will have “Sketchbook Detectives”. During Sketchbook Detectives kids will help locate a plant that was stolen from the conservatory by sketching it from  and determining which plants were involved in the theft. The event is $5/child. Registration is available online.

The week wraps up with “Fabulous Friday”. The weather forecast is looking good to head outside to explore the trails and wetlands on a guided hike to learn about being land stewards.  Registration is available online.

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