Come to the Ruth Bancroft Garden for a morning of free family activities on the first Tuesday of each month. These drop-in programs are available from 10am - 12pm. Activities are geared towards families with school-aged children, but younger siblings are also welcome to attend. Parents are encouraged to participate and facilitate in their children’s garden experience.
Tuesday, June 3
Plant Survivors: Cool Plant Adaptations for Hot, Dry Conditions
When you go for a hike in the heat of the summer what do you bring with you? Water, sunscreen, a hat, maybe some bug spray? Plants that thrive in arid (low-water) conditions have adapted, or changed, to suit their dry, sunny, and often hot environments. Come explore through hands-on activities how plants avoid getting sunburned, stay cool, collect and store any drops of precious water they find, and avoid being tasty lunch for other desert-dwelling creatures. Take a tour of the garden and round out your morning with a scavenger hunt and craft activity.
Tuesday, July 1
What Comes Down Must Go Up… Understanding the Water Cycle
Water is precious to all living things, and in arid or dry environments where water is scarce it is especially important. Learn about the journey water takes from the Earth to the sky and back down again. Plants that thrive in dry environments have efficient ways to find, store and use the little water available. Come do hands-on experiments in the garden.
Tuesday, August 5
The Birds and the Bees: How Desert Plants Reproduce
Plants that have adapted to arid conditions have many ingenious ways to propagate. Some plants produce showy, fragrant flowers that attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and bats. Once pollinated, their flowers turn into seed-bearing fruit that gets eaten by animals. But that’s not all… some desert plants become “mothers” and produce baby plants called “pups”. Others simply drop their leaves and the leaves can grow into whole new plants. Come take a tour of the Garden and learn about flowers, fruits and seeds. Take home a baby plant of your own.