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About Lil' Sprouts
All Lil' Sprouts classes are: - Designed for children ages 3-5 and one accompanying adult. - Allow time for children to have meaningful experiences with nature then reflect in various learning activities - Great for pre-school preparation, as well as hands-on fun for all involved.

Wednesday, August 15 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- English Perennial Border
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the English perennial border and the array of flowers and greenery that call this garden home. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by August 8.

Thursday, August 16 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- English Perennial Border
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the English perennial border and the array of flowers and greenery that call this garden home. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by August 9.

Friday, August 17 at 10 a.m.
  
Read and Grow in the Garden: Read Your Veggies
In order for curious minds to bloom, it is essential to plant a love of reading at a young age. Join the Omaha Public Library in the garden each month for stories that celebrate gardens, plants, insects and more, and discover the joys of nature, movement, music, and literature. Programs are geared for preschool aged children, but all ages are welcome. This is a free program.

Wednesday, September 5 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Children's Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. In this month's class we will explore the children's garden and the many ways we can use nature to teach the senses. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by August 29.

Thursday, September 6 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Children's Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. In this month's class we will explore the children's garden and the many ways we can use nature to teach the senses. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by August 30.

Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Sunflowers
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One craft will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month, join us as we explore the sunflower forest and create a handmade sunflower craft to take home to your yard. Workshop is $25, $15 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by September 1.

Friday, September 14 at 10 a.m.
  
Read and Grow in the Garden: Insects Everywhere
In order for curious minds to bloom, it is essential to plant a love of reading at a young age. Join the Omaha Public Library in the garden each month for stories that celebrate gardens, plants, insects and more, and discover the joys of nature, movement, music, and literature. Programs are geared for preschool aged children, but all ages are welcome. This is a free program.

Wednesday, October 3 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Rose Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the rose garden, where we'll explore the many different colors and discover why flowers come in such an array of hues. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by September 25.

Thursday, October 4 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Rose Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the rose garden, where we'll explore the many different colors and discover why flowers come in such an array of hues. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by September 26.

Friday, October 19 at 10 a.m.
  
Read and Grow in the Garden: Autumn Leaves
In order for curious minds to bloom, it is essential to plant a love of reading at a young age. Join the Omaha Public Library in the garden each month for stories that celebrate gardens, plants, insects and more, and discover the joys of nature, movement, music, and literature. Programs are geared for preschool aged children, but all ages are welcome. This is a free program.

Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Pumpkins
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One craft will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month, as the leaves begin to change and the air feels crisp, join us for gourd-eous time making pumpkin crafts and touring the children's garden. Workshop is $35, $25 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by October 13.

Wednesday, November 7 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration: Victorian Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the Victorian garden, where we'll seek out the different artifacts that hide in the garden and discover just what it takes to be deemed a "Victorian" garden. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by October 31.

Thursday, November 8 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration-Victorian Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the Victorian garden, where we'll seek out the different artifacts that hide in the garden and discover just what it takes to be deemed a "Victorian" garden. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by November 1.

Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m.
  
Read and Grow in the Garden: Tree-Rific
In order for curious minds to bloom, it is essential to plant a love of reading at a young age. Join the Omaha Public Library in the garden each month for stories that celebrate gardens, plants, insects and more, and discover the joys of nature, movement, music, and literature. Programs are geared for preschool aged children, but all ages are welcome. This is a free program.

Saturday, November 17 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Turkeys
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One craft will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. Gobble, gobble! This month, learn about turkeys (did you know that they were once considered for our national bird?), make a colorful, edible turkey, and tour the Arboretum and Oberman Bird Sanctuary to look for live turkeys! Workshop is $25, $15 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by November 10.

Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Gingerbread Houses
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One gingerbread kit will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month, tour the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and the visitor and education center to get in the holiday spirit. Families will then build and decorate their own gingerbread house to take home! Workshop is $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by November 24.

Wednesday, December 5 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Floral Display Hall
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the floral display hall and the grand poinsettia tree that delights guests each December. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by November 28.

Thursday, December 6 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Floral Display Hall
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the floral display hall and the grand poinsettia tree that delights guests each December. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by November 29.

Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Gingerbread Houses
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One gingerbread kit will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month, tour the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and the visitor and education center to get in the holiday spirit. Families will then build and decorate their own gingerbread house to take home! Workshop is $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by December 1.

Saturday, December 15 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Gingerbread Houses
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One gingerbread kit will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month, tour the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and the visitor and education center to get in the holiday spirit. Families will then build and decorate their own gingerbread house to take home! Workshop is $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by December 8.

Friday, December 21 at 10 a.m.
  
Read and Grow in the Garden: Hibernation Celebration
In order for curious minds to bloom, it is essential to plant a love of reading at a young age. Join the Omaha Public Library in the garden each month for stories that celebrate gardens, plants, insects and more, and discover the joys of nature, movement, music, and literature. Programs are geared for preschool aged children, but all ages are welcome. This is a free program.

Saturday, December 22 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Gingerbread Houses
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One gingerbread kit will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month, tour the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and the visitor and education center to get in the holiday spirit. Families will then build and decorate their own gingerbread house to take home! Workshop is $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by December 15.

Wednesday, January 9 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the tropical side of the conservatory, where we'll search for palm trees that call our conservatory home and figure out what makes them different than our native tree species. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by January 2.

Thursday, January 10 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the tropical side of the conservatory, where we'll search for palm trees that call our conservatory home and figure out what makes them different than our native tree species. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by January 3.

Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Outdoor Ornaments for Birds and Other Wildlife
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One craft will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month families will learn about the birds of Nebraska and birds we have identified at Lauritzen Gardens. Bring your binoculars to look for birds in the garden. Families will make a pinecone bird feeder and a popcorn strand feeder to take home to feed wildlife. Workshop is $25, $15 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by January 12.

Wednesday, February 6 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the temperate side of the conservatory and the plants that grow in the cool climate similar to our Southern states. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by January 29.

Thursday, February 7 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the temperate side of the conservatory and the plants that grow in the cool climate similar to our Southern states. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by January 30.

Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Fossils
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One craft will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month families will take a guided walk through our dinosaur exhibit and make a salt dough fossil creation. Workshop is $25, $15 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by February 2.

Wednesday, March 6 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Festival Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the festival garden. We'll talk about the hundreds of bulbs this garden holds and what makes them the first flowers of spring. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by February 27.

Thursday, March 7 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Festival Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the festival garden. We'll talk about the hundreds of bulbs this garden holds and what makes them the first flowers of spring. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by February 28.

Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Dinos
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One craft will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month families will take a guided walk through our dinosaur exhibit and plant a dino-riffic succulent. Workshop is $30, $20 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by March 2.

Wednesday, April 3 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Garden in the Glen and Arboretum
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. In this month's class we will explore the Garden in the Glen and the arboretum, and learn about signs such as nests and feeders to figure out where many of the garden's birds call home. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by March 27.

Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Garden in the Glen and Arboretum
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. In this month's class we will explore the Garden in the Glen and the arboretum, and learn about signs such as nests and feeders to figure out where many of the garden's birds call home. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by March 28.

Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Container Pizza Garden
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One craft will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month families will take a guided walk through our herb garden and plant a containerized pizza herb garden to take home. Workshop is $35, $25 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by April 6.

Wednesday, May 1 at 10 a.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Model Railroad Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the model railroad garden, where we'll discover more about the landmark buildings and G-scale model trains that create this wonderful garden. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by April 24.

Thursday, May 2 at 1 p.m.
  
Lil' Sprouts: Garden Exploration- Model Railroad Garden
In Lil' Sprouts, adults and children work together while learning about nature, shapes, colors, ABC's and 123's. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities, crafts, garden exploration and creative play as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild. This month's class focuses on the model railroad garden, where we'll discover more about the landmark buildings and G-scale model trains that create this wonderful garden. Program is $14, $8 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by April 25.

Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m.
  
Family Workshop: Succulent Fairy Garden
Spend time as a family at Lauritzen Gardens. Each month families will complete a craft project together and explore a related garden with a guide. One craft will be provided per family (any combination of adults and children, as long as one adult is participating). Includes garden admission. This month families will tour the Lithuanian Sculpture Garden, talk about myths and legends, and plant and decorate their own fairy garden to take home. Workshop is $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required by May 4.
For more information or to register
Advance registration is required at least one week in advance of all Lil' Sprouts classes. Register online at www.lauritzengardens.org or call Allison Dush at a.dush@omahabotanicalgardens.org or (402) 346-4002, ext. 253. Registration is requested, but not required by Read and Grow in the Garden.
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