Happenings

March 4, 2015

Little Explorers Toddler Program

Our theme for the month of March is “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!” Wriggling worms and mud puddles make for fun springtime art and science explorations.

Morning session: 10:00 am – 11:30 am. RSVP: 2015marchlittleexplorers.bpt.me

Encourage your little one’s curiosity about the natural world through the Little Explorers Program, designed for children ages 2-4. Each lesson includes activities, reading, snacks, and walks through the garden (weather permitting). At least one adult chaperone is required for every two children.

Cost: $10 per child or free for Bartram Members.

Please note: We are no longer offering an afternoon session for Little Explorers.

10:00am - 11:30am

Grow-It-Yourself (GIY) Workshop Series

Learn how to grow your own food and join us for our next GIY session of the year, which will cover soil basics and seeding. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden (CFFRC).

These monthly programs and FREE and open to the community. RSVP: marchbartramgiy.bpt.me.

The Community Farm and Green Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden is a 3.5 acre farm and greenhouse that took root in 2012. This joint initiative increases access to local, organically grown food to Southwest Philadelphia residents, promoting self-reliance and a deeper relationship with the land and our food. CFFRC partners include the Agaston Urban Nutrition Initiative, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Bartram’s Garden and City of Philadelphia Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

5:00pm - 7:00pm

March 11, 2015

Homeschooler Days

March’s lesson topic is “Nest Building.” We’ll be out in the Garden with the birds, observing.  You’ll experience the diversity of building techniques and material choices across various species and construct a nest of your own from materials collected on site.

Our Homeschooler Days program serves homeschooled students, ages 5 – 13, and meets monthly with morning and afternoon sessions to choose from. This year’s topics range from botany to colonial cooking, and from navigation to creating music from birdsong!

Morning session: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. RSVP: 2015marchhomeschoolam.bpt.me

Afternoon session: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. RSVP: 2015marchhomeschoolafternoon.bpt.me

Cost: $10 per student or free for Bartram Members.

Each lesson includes activities, reading, snacks, and walks through the garden (weather permitting). At least one adult chaperone is required for every two children.

Pre-registration required. Waitlist is available if registration is full. Contact Leslie Gale: lgale@bartramsgarden.org.

10:00am - 12:00pm

March 14, 2015

Fruit Tree Grafting with Lee Reich

Learn all the basics of fruit tree grafting from Dr. Lee Reich, author of Grow Fruit NaturallyLandscaping with Fruit, and The Pruning Book. Reich lectures nationally on horticultural topics and has worked for both the USDA and Cornell University as a soil science researcher. His “farmden” in New Paltz, NY (“more than a garden and less than a farm”), which is a test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning, and growing fruits and vegetables, has been featured in The New York Times and Martha Stewart Magazine.

Reich will explain the theory and demonstrate techniques for whip and bridge grafts. All attendees will graft their own pear or Asian pear tree to bring home or donate to the Philadelphia Orchard Project to plant in a community orchard in the city.

Space is limited for this hands-on workshop; advance registration required. $60 for general public, $50 for Bartram’s Garden members and POP partners & volunteers. Register online at: http://leereichphilly.bpt.me.

 

1:00pm - 4:00pm

March 22, 2015

Artists’ Workshop: Sketching in the Field

Discover the joys of sketching outdoors in the spring! Explore Bartram’s Garden with an artist’s eye and learn techniques for creating on-the-go. Beginner to intermediate levels welcome.

This workshop will be taught by local artist Heather Rinehart. Heather’s professional background in illustration and design, as well as her interests in nature and storytelling, are a fabulous combination for this program designed especially for artists. One of Heather’s works will be featured in this year’s “Art of the Flower” juried exhibition at the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Cost: $18 or free for Bartram’s Garden members.

1:00pm - 3:00pm

April 1, 2015

Little Explorers Toddler Program

This month’s theme: “Growing Plants, Growing Minds.” We’ll search the garden for young green sprouts and learn about the baby plant inside of every seed, then we’ll plant a seed to grow at home.

Morning session: 10:00 am – 11:30 am. RSVP: 2015aprillittleexplorers.bpt.me.

Encourage your little one’s curiosity about the natural world through the Little Explorers Program, designed for children ages 2-4. Each lesson includes activities, reading, snacks, and walks through the garden (weather permitting). At least one adult chaperone is required for every two children.

Cost: is $10 per child or free for Bartram Members. Please note: Program is cancelled if Philadelphia School District is closed for weather emergencies.

10:00am - 11:30am

April 8, 2015

Homeschooler Days

April’s lesson topic is “Plants and Insects.” There would be fewer fruits and vegetables to eat if there weren’t any bees, but do plants depend on other insects?  What about the insects a plant needs to defend against? We’ll discover the adaptations insects and plants have made to each other and their interdependence.

Our Homeschooler Days program serves homeschooled students, ages 5 – 13, and meets monthly with morning and afternoon sessions to choose from. This year’s topics range from botany to colonial cooking, and from navigation to creating music from birdsong!

Morning session: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. RSVP: 2015aprilhomeschoolam.bpt.me

Afternoon session: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. RSVP: 2015aprilhomeschoolafternoon.bpt.me

Cost: $10 per student or free for Bartram Members.

Each lesson includes activities, reading, snacks, and walks through the garden (weather permitting). At least one adult chaperone is required for every two children.

Pre-registration required. Waitlist is available if registration is full. Contact Leslie Gale: lgale@bartramsgarden.org.

10:00am - 12:00pm

April 18, 2015

“Bartram’s Garden” by Eleanor Stanford: Reading and Book Release Celebration

What appears untidy and lacking
in design is in fact intentional:
quiet milkweed beside the conflagration
of red fireweed; the brackish
Schyulkill feeding stately oaks.  John knew the author
lays his borders, then steps back.

-Excerpt from Bartram’s Garden

Join us for a very special reading by Eleanor Stanford, author of this newly-released volume of poetry, inspired by none other than Bartram’s Garden. Followed by a reception with light refreshments and charming live music by Slowey and The Boats.

Eleanor’s poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, Brain, Child Magazine, and others.

Slowey and The Boats plays Hawaiian-inspired instrumentals from a wide range of genres. Prominently featuring the hauntingly melodious wails of steel guitarist Isaac Stanford, the music is fun, accessible and sophisticated.

Tickets are free, but please click here to preregister and reserve a space. Seating is first-come, first-served.

4:00pm - 6:30pm

April 19, 2015

Nature Writing Workshop for Kids

Eleanor Stanford, a St. Joseph’s Writing Professor and long-time Bartram’s Garden enthusiast, will lead an hour long workshop for kids (ages 5 and up). Students will hone their craft with tips from an expert, drawing inspiration from our 45-acre Garden in order create unique a piece of literary art to take home at the end of the session.

Please dress to be outside! Getting our hands a little bit dirty can be a key part of the writing process. Since we’ll be ranging widely in the garden, caregivers will be asked to remain onsite with their kids for the duration of the program in the interest of keeping everyone safe.

Pre-registration online: http://stanfordkids.brownpapertickets.com.

Cost: $10 or free for Bartram’s Garden members.

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Nature Writing Workshop

Eleanor Stanford’s newest volume of poetry, Bartram’s Garden, was released in February by Carnegie Mellon University Press.  A St. Joseph’s Professor and Fulbright Fellow, Stanford gives back to the garden that inspired her by leading an afternoon workshop for writers of all persuasions.

Register online: http://stanfordworkshop.brownpapertickets.com.

Cost: $15 or free for Bartram’s Garden members.

3:00pm - 4:30pm
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