Join us on Sunday afternoons to discover The Gardens and the plants that make each season special. Each program includes a story, a short hike, a take home nature craft and much more. Programs are designed for all and although not limited to scouts, program objectives may match badge requirements. Classes are limited to 20 children, so don’t hesitate to register as spaces fill quickly. For more information, contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or ehardy@bbgardens.org.

 

American Girl * Girls Just Like Me: Festival of Trees
For children age 5 and above
Instructor: Robin Geurs
Sunday, December 7 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$12 members | $15 non-members

Celebrate the beauty of the season in The Gardens with American Girl fun! Enjoy crafting with fragrant plant material such as evergreen and cinnamon, a short hike, holiday story, and delicious treats while learning how your favorite American Girl characters celebrate the holidays.

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Photography Class: Seasonal Series
Instructor: Hank Siegel
November 22 | 9 – noon.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Adventure Classroom
$65 members | $75 non-members

This course will introduce the participant to techniques, tools and skills necessary to capture visually stunning and interesting images through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes.

Class Requirements:
- Camera - a digital SLR or an advanced compact with Manual, Aperture and Shutter priority operational mode settings.
- A basic understanding of camera operations....Know how to use the different operational modes.
- Basic computer skills...Can download images from camera to computer and locate images once downloaded.

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Woodland in a Jar
Instructor: Brooke McMinn & John Manion
Saturday, November 22 | 1- 2:30 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $15 | Non-members $20

Join Plant Adventure Program Specialist Brooke McMinn and Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion for a children's workshop creating a terrarium with species native to Alabama woodlands. Part of the class will involve a walk through the Barber Alabama Woodlands garden to collect materials, so please dress accordingly. Appropriate for children ages 5-12.

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Photography Class: Memorable Images
Instructor: Hank Siegel
December 6 & 13 | 9 – noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Adventure Classroom
$100 members | $120 non-members

This class is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts in photography and digital camera operations including:
• Image Capture - understanding the light, know your camera, develop techniques
• Image Transfer - set up the computer, manage your image files, accessories
• Image Processing - software available, capabilities, techniques
• Image Sharing - E-mailing, WEB sites, printing

Whether you've got a simple "POINT-AND-SHOOT" digital camera or a more complex Digital SLR, you can gain skill and confidence in your ability to create memorable images.

Need to bring:
- your digital camera
- your camera's user’s manual

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Kitschy Christmas
Instructor: Bradley Gilbert
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden – Adventure Classroom
Sunday, December 14 | 2 – 4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

In this blast from the past class we will take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the soft tones and cheekiness of the 60's. Create small but interesting vignettes throughout the house using ordinary household objects. This will be a fun class indeed.

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A Few of My Favorite Things
Instructor: Bradley Gilbert
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden – Adventure Classroom
Sunday, January 11 | 2 – 4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

In this class we will create a tablescape that defines who we are using our favorite containers, favorite flowers and the objects we surround ourselves with. Participants are encouraged to bring a small cherished item from home to display during the class.

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The Junior Master Gardener program is an international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the mind.

JMG also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification and recognition.

Children can get involved in exploring their world through meaningful activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride and responsibility, and community involvement. Youth involved in the program develop critical thinking skills and the ability to identify community concerns and take action to address them through individual group projects.

Junior Master Gardener
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, January 24 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class

$320 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 2
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, February 21 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$320 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 3
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, March 21 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$320 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 4
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, June 20 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$320 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 5
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, July 18 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$320 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 6
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, August 15 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$320 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 7
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, September 19 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$320 package
Ages 6-12 years old

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