Education & Family Programs:
Programs are available both at the Museum and in your classroom. At the Museum, programs may be scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and vary from 1 to 2 hours in length. We offer Home School Workshops several times per semester, see below. All programs must be scheduled in advance. Please contact the Museum Educator for availability. April, May, and June dates are popular and should be scheduled a minimum of two months in advance. On-site programs have a 50-student-per-day limit.
SUMMER ADVENTURE PROGRAMS – July & August – spaces still available!!
Children will explore science, history and the arts in an inspiring historic environment through these week-long programs:
Nature Before Noon (ages 7-8), July 7-11 – children will observe and explore nature and express what they see using a variety of artistic materials.
Secrets of the Civil War (ages 9-12) July 28 – Aug. 1 – participate in hands-on project and learn about battles and home front activities.
Summer in the Secret Garden (ages 9-12) Aug. 11 – 15 – Spend mornings in the garden like the characters from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book.
Growing in the Garden is a twice monthly, year-round Preschool Program (Summer 2014 schedule) for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.
Home School Workshops, Spring 2014 Workshops are completed for the season, but stay tuned for Fall 2014 session information!
Friday, May 9, 2014, 1 – 4pm – National Public Gardens Day
The gardens will be open for visitors with special family activities as we participate in the American Public Gardens Association’s annual event in partnership with Rain bird. Help us promote awareness of the 500 botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos and historic gardens in the neighborhoods throughout North America. Free; preregistration required. Contact our Museum Educator .
New! Thomas Nast School Programs – This new program series follows Thomas Nast’s career from an up-and-coming artist with passion and courage, to an experienced political cartoonist who used his talent to influence public opinion over national issues in post-Civil War America:
Civil War School Programs – the Museum offers several interactive programs that focus on the lives of George Macculloch’s three grandsons who served in the Union Army and Navy during dramatic and critical moments during the war and Reconstruction:
For classes or groups wishing to schedule use of the historic gardens as an outdoor classroom, please contact the museum office for availability.
To schedule school programs, contact Museum Educator Cynthia Winslow (973) 538-2404 ext. 16.