Scilla Bifolia

Programs

MARCH

BIRD FEEDING 101
Saturday, March 9, 10:30am–noon
What is the best seed to use, what kind of feeder do I put it in, what birds will it attract, how can I deter squirrels? We'll answer these questions and more as we observe birds at the Sims Education Center.
$12 (Members $10) Call 269.695.6491 to register.

SPRING PRUNING
Sunday, March 10, 1 :30pm-3pm
Fernwood horticulturist demonstrates pruning techniques of trees and shrubs.
$12 (Members $10) Click here to register.

CERTIFIED NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION HABITATS
Sunday, March 10, 2-3:30pm
Gardening for wildlife is fun, easy, and makes a big difference for neighborhood wildlife. Learn how and what is needed to turn your yard into a certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat.
$12 (Members $10) Click here to register.

INVITING BLUEBIRDS TO YOUR BACKYARD
Saturday, March 16, 10:30am-noon Bluebird expert, John Harville, introduces the natural history of bluebirds and shares tips on how to invite them to nest in your own backyard.
$12 (Members $10) Click here to register.
 

PAPER FLOWERS
Saturday, March 16, 2–3pm
Learn to make beautiful paper blooms and arrange­ments that can be enjoyed year-round. All materials provided.
$20 (Members $16) Click here to register.

SHAMROCKS FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Saturday, March 16, 2:30–3:30pm
You can't celebrate St. Patrick's Day without some shamrocks! Children agaes 4–6 with an adult learn about St. Patrick's Day traditions and make some shamrocks to bring luck at home. Perhaps we'll even find a leprechaun at Fernwood!
$5 (Members $4)
Click here to register.

PLANTS AND PEOPLE

Sunday, March 17, 1-2:30pm
Plants provide human beings with our most basic resources: food, medicines, fiber, building materials. In this class, we will talk about plants and people in the context of sustainability. What is being done and what still needs to be done?
$12 (Members $10) Register by March 15. Click here to register.

CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW BUS TRIP
Wednesday, March 20, 9am-5pm
Join us as we welcome spring at the Chicago Flower & Garden show, featuring life-sized gardens, how­to workshops, and instructional seminars.
$75 (Members $60) Register by March 13. Click here to register.

STORYTIME AT THE EDUCATION CENTER: THE LORAX, BY DR. SEUSS
Sunday, March 24, 2-3pm
Since publication in 1971, The lorax has been cel­ebrated for its engaging story and environmental message. Join us for a reading and project to help you too "speak for the trees." Participation is free with admission.

BIRDING LOCAL WETLANDS
Saturday, March 30, 9-11 :30am
Join Fernwood for a trip to local wetlands to learn about duck identification. Spotting scopes provided. Bring binoculars and dress for cool breezes across open fields. Meet in the Fernwood parking lot at 9am or at the Three Oaks Sewage Ponds at 10:30am.
$15 (Members $12) Register by March 28.
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     APRIL

EASTER EGG DECORATION
Sunday, April 7, 2-3:30pm
Join us in the Education Center to decorate Easter eggs in a variety of methods. Please bring up to 24 hard-boiled eggs.
$15(Members $12) Register by March 30. Click here to register.

FROGWILLA WITH CHERI HALLWOOD
Saturday, April 13, 2–3pm
Local author, Cheri Hallwood, reads from her book, Frogwilla, A Tree Frog's Story and previews the follow-up, Frogwilla, Beyond Willow's End. Learn about the frogs of Michiana, make an origami frog, and have your books signed by Cheri (available for purchase at Fernwood). For children 7-11.
$10 (Members $8) Click here to register.

PRESSING PLANTS FOR STUDY AND ENJOYMENT
Sunday, April 14, 1–2:30pm
A collection of pressed plants is called a herbarium. Keeping a personal herbarium can be a helpful tool in developing a personal connection and familiarity with the natural world. Join us to learn how to create your own collection of pressed plants.
$12 (Members $10) Register by April 12. Click here to register.

STORYTIME AT THE EDUCATION CENTER: AN EXTRAORDINARY EGG, BY LEO LIONNI
Sunday, April 14, 23pm
Leo Lionni gained international renown for his paintings, graphic designs, illustrations, and sculp­ture, as well as for his books for children. Join us for a reading of An Extraordinary Egg, a silly and surprising story, and an art project inspired by the author. Participation is free with admission

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, April 20, 1–4pm
Fernwood celebrates Earth Day (April 22) with a variety of drop-in activities. Make and take a seed bomb to plant in your garden, learn more about nests and eggs, make a recycled craft, and enjoy the beauty of spring in the gardens and nature preserve. Participation is free with admission.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN DAFFODIL SHOW
Wednesday, April 24, 1–5pm & Thursday, April 25, 10am–5pm
Presented by the St. Joseph Valley Daffodil Society & the Indiana Daffodil Society. View these beautiful collections of award winning flowers, and take in a free program on April 25 from 1-2:30pm to learn more about daffodils from some of the top experts in the field. Free with Fernwood admission.

ARBOR DAY AT FERNWOOD
Friday, April 26
A long standing tradition, Arbor Day now takes on special meaning as we recognize the roles trees play in stabilizing our climate changing environ­ment. Join us at 11am as we demonstrate the proper planting of a tree. This program is free with admission, and includes a complimentary sapling to all visitors on this special day.

MAY

WARBLERS AT WARREN DUNES
Saturday, May 4, 8:30-11 :30am
Warren Dunes State Park is one of the best places to view spring migration. Enjoy an easy walk as we look for warblers and other arriving birds. Meet at the Floral Lane entrance. Park fee applies.
$15 (Members $12) Register by May 2. Click here to register.

ALL ABOUT REPTILES
Saturday, May 11, 2-4pm
Children ages 6-10 learn about the reptiles of our region. We'll look for snakes basking in the sun and turtles swimming in the pond!
$10 (Members $8) Click here to register.

BROADCAST SEED GARDEN
Saturday, May 18, 1–2pm
A colorful sweep of re-seeding annuals is an easy and inexpensive way to augment summer color in your borders, provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds, and cut flowers for your summer arrangements. Inspiring images are followed by a hands-on seeding demonstration.
$15 (Members $12) Click here to register.

FIELD IDENTIFICATION OF NATIVE SHRUBS
Sunday, May 19, 1–2:30pm
In this class we will examine the distinguishing features of 20 genera or so of native shrubs and hike through the garden to see examples.
$12 (Members $10) Register by May 17. Click here to register.

STORYTIME AT THE EDUCATION CENTER: PLANTING A RAINBOW, BY LOIS EHLERT
Sunday, May 19, 2–3pm
Lois Ehlert illustrated favorites such as Chieko Chieko Boom Boom and Ten Hungry Caterpillars. Join us for a reading of her book Planting a Rainbow, and an exploration of bulbs and seeds. Participation is free with admission.

MAKE A TROUGH PLANTER
Sunday, May 19, 2–3:30pm
The making of hypertufa or imitation stone planters is a long standing tradition at Fernwood dating back to our founder, Kay Boydston's, early endeavors in rock and alpine gardening. These stone-like containers serve as a classic and manageable way to display dwarf evergreens, rock garden plants, succulents, and more. All materials are provided.
$40 (Members $32) Register by May 16. Click here to register.

MORTON ARBORETUM BUS TRIP: LEGO NATURE EXHIBIT
Friday, May 24, 8am–6pm
Join us for the opening day of this award-winning, nature-inspired exhibit by Sean Kenney. Designed with nearly half a million Lego blocks, these whimsical sculptures will have you filled with awe. Featured around the world and in The New York times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and PBS Arts, this is a display you will not want to miss.
$65 (Members $52) Register by April 23. Click here to register.

TALLGRASS PRAIRIE WALK
Saturday, May 25, 2-3:30pm
Wildflowers are growing in the prairie already! We'll look for lupine, wild white indigo, alum root, and shooting star.
$12 (Members $10)
Click here to register.


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