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Urban Kids Gone Country at Free Camps

June 19, 2012

Potting up carnivorous plants to bring home at a Discovery Workshop. Photo by Ashley Gamell.

Calling all city kids who want to get their hands dirty!  Do some digging, planting and learn to become an urban gardener with some wonderful free programs at some of Brooklyn’s finest green homes.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Summer Discovery Workshops
Tuesdays July 3–August 21 | Drop in 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
offers free workshops at the Garden where children can participate in hands-on activities like planting carrots, caring for plants and even get to go on scavenger hunts. Storytime is also included – and all stories have a reference to the natural world of course.  Each week, young urban gardeners will explore a different nature theme and then create their own windowsill planting or nature craft to green up their home or neighborhood.
: Canceled in rain or heat of 95°F or above.
Discovery Garden | For more information, visit bbg.org/discovery.
Details: The drop in classes are free with Garden admission.  More info and dates can be found here.

Wyckoff Farmhouse Free Farm and Garden Camp
Wednesdays July 11- August 29th from 10am-1pm  Ages 7-11
Plant seeds, make sculptures, construct garden designs, make crafts, harvest vegetables, and learn about plant life. Each session will focus on a specific aspect of urban gardening to provide students the principles of gardening and farming as well as an understanding of Brooklyn’s historic farming culture and modern urban landscape.
Details: Free Program. Parents and caregivers are invited to join in the fun. Register today, space is limited. For more information call 718-629-5400 or email education@wyckoffassociation.org
Scheduled Dates and Topics:
July 11: Intro to Urban Gardening
July 18: Vertical Gardening Made Easy
July 25: Mobile Gardens
August 8: Kinetic Garden Sculptures
August 22: Plant Identification & Seeds
August 29: Prep for Fall: Scarecrows

Wyckoff Farmhouse ARTiculate
Sundays July 11- August 26th from 12 pm-2pm  Ages 4-10
ARTiculate is a four part drop-in family program where families join their children ages 4-10 to explore New York’s oldest house through stories, hands-on activities & art. A new theme will be explored each session as we read a popular picture book, learn new stories about the house and the Wyckoff family and make a hands-on art project using fine arts materials.
Details: $8 materials fee per a child each session.  Sign up for all four sessions and save, only $25 a student.  Parents and guardians (up to two) are free with child participant. Families may register for one or all sessions. Advanced registration encouraged but not required.  Register today, space is limited. For more information call 718-629-5400 or email education@wyckoffassociation.org. Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn NY 11203  Tele: (718)629-5400, Fax: (718)629-3125, info@wyckoffassociation.org Museum Admission: Adults: $5.00   Seniors and Students: $3.00   Children under 10: FREE

Scheduled Dates and Themes:
July 8: The Bigger the Better? Families and Children
July 22: Home is Where the Hearth Is
August 5: Coming to America:  Immigration Stories
August 26:  The Sky’s the Limit: Big Dreamers