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Name:
University of California Botanical Garden
Phone:
510-643-2755
Address:
200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA, 94720, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

June 16, 2014

Every year from mid-June to mid-August the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden’s Education Program offers Green Stuff, a fun hands-on science day camp for children ages 5 to 10.  Examples of activities campers might do include:

  • Go on a five senses tour of the Garden
  • Learn about amazing plant adaptations and habitat diversity
  • Taste foods growing in our Crops of the World garden
  • Become a young botanist and see plant parts up close under microscopes
  • Experiment with growing your own seedlings
  • Hunt for garden animals including birds, newts, lizards
    and compost critters
  • Discover how Native Americans of California used plants
  • Make crafts from plant material to take home
  • Investigate in a different part of the Garden everyday!

Green Stuff is wonderfully small camp, limited to 12 children per week with 2 counselors, where each child gets very personal attention. We break-up into even smaller groups for walks with our Botanical Garden docents – 6 children and a counselor with a docent. The counselors are two well-trained UC Berkeley students, undergraduate or graduate students in Plant Sciences and/or Education, who have experience and a love for educating young children and sharing the wonders of plants and nature.

There are five sessions for kids age 5-7:

Space is limited, register online.

 

 

Start: June 16, 2014 9:00 am
End: August 1, 2014 2:00 pm
Cost: $220 /$240 non-members

June 23, 2014

Every year from mid-June to mid-August the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden’s Education Program offers Green Stuff, a fun hands-on science day camp for children ages 5 to 10.  Examples of activities campers might do include:

  • Go on a five senses tour of the Garden
  • Learn about amazing plant adaptations and habitat diversity
  • Taste foods growing in our Crops of the World garden
  • Become a young botanist and see plant parts up close under microscopes
  • Experiment with growing your own seedlings
  • Hunt for garden animals including birds, newts, lizards
    and compost critters
  • Discover how Native Americans of California used plants
  • Make crafts from plant material to take home
  • Investigate in a different part of the Garden everyday!

Green Stuff is wonderfully small camp, limited to 12 children per week with 2 counselors, where each child gets very personal attention. We break-up into even smaller groups for walks with our Botanical Garden docents – 6 children and a counselor with a docent. The counselors are two well-trained UC Berkeley students, undergraduate or graduate students in Plant Sciences and/or Education, who have experience and a love for educating young children and sharing the wonders of plants and nature.

There are three sessions available for kids ages 8-10:

Space is limited, register online.

Start: June 23, 2014 9:00 am
End: August 11, 2014 2:00 pm
Cost: $220 /$240 non-members

August 9, 2014

Children of all ages, together with their parent/guardian, will explore amazing world of plants – discover where and how they grow, and pot-up their plants to take home.

Please register by calling or emailing.

Date: August 9, 2014 10:00 am
Cost: $15/$10 members

August 12, 2014

Wondering about the wisdom of growing a food garden during a drought year? Pam Peirce, author of the classic regional book Golden Gate Gardening, will show you how to use the cooler, wetter part of the year to grow delicious food like the snap peas shown at right. Working with mediterranean planting and growth cycles lets you minimize your dependence on supplemental water. Whether you grow vegetables and herbs in containers or garden beds, in a home garden or a school garden, you will learn the best crops to grow, how best planting times vary across coastal and inland microclimates, and tips for integrating seasonal crops to produce a year-round harvest. Pam’s talk and slide show includes common and less common vegetables, herbs, edible weeds, and edible flowers.

Register online.

Date: August 12, 2014 6:00 pm
Cost: $25, $20 members

September 13, 2014

Observe, draw, predict, dissect, describe, compare, journal and diagram their discoveries as they study edible roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds. Exploring and tasting fresh produce is a central theme of Botany on Your Plate. Children learn about the nutrient values of these edible plant parts while savoring the taste, texture, and aromas of foods from the gardens of the world. Through their own hands-on investigations, children’s interest in edible plants (fruits and vegetables) is heightened.

Register online.

Date: September 13, 2014 10:00 am
Cost: $20/$15 members

October 5, 2014

Crafts, Food, Talks, Docent Tours, Corn Husk Dolls and Food tastings and Demos.

Date: October 5, 2014 10:00 am
Cost: Free with Garden Admission!

October 9, 2014

Part of the botanical art series with Catherine Watters. Registration required.

Date: October 9, 2014 10:00 am
Cost: $90

November 8, 2014

Come join the Garden on this special journey to discover the many wonderful creatures living in the Garden. On our animal hunt, we will learn about newts, birds, butterflies, frogs, lizards, foxes, snakes and more! Hone your skills of observation and learn how plants and animals live together. Program includes a light breakfast and a copy of the “Illustrated Guide to the Common Animals of the East Bay Hills” (one per family).

Date: November 8, 2014 10:00 am
Cost: $15/$12 members

December 13, 2014

Join the Garden for this family program as we create gifts and festive decorations inspired by the Garden’s diverse collection of plants. Make beautiful nature-inspired crafts, including: Nature-filled globes, Mini evergreen wreaths, Greeting cards from pressed botanicals, Garden animal ornaments, and Pine cone bird feeders, Plus refreshments & good cheer! All materials provided.

Date: December 13, 2014 10:00 am
Cost: $20/$18 members