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TITLE: Getaway: River Farm & Mount Vernon
DESCRIPTION: Includes motor coach, admission and lunch. Visit the home and splendid gardens of the American Horticultural Society at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia. Tour the gardens and enjoy a picnic lunch. Then visit George Washington's Mount Vernon to tour the mansion and the gardens followed by a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac River. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 9:30am, and returns at 5:30pm. Trip cancellation deadline is May 7, 2018.

TITLE: Hillwood Gardens, Washington DC
DESCRIPTION: Includes motor coach, entrance fee, tour and lunch. Tour Hillwood Estate's luscious formal gardens. Tour the spring gardens such as the French Parterre, Japanese Garden and the cutting gardens. Tour the mansion, then sit and savor lunch at Hillwood's cafe. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 9:30am and returns at 3:30pm. Trip cancellation deadline is May 23, 2018.

TITLE: Iced Tea Tasting
DESCRIPTION: (Adults) Any tea can become a cool, refreshing summer drink, but some are standouts. Taste a selection of brews that chill to perfection, learn how to make them, and arm yourself with the facts surrounding the hot vs cold tea debate. Delicious accompaniments served.

TITLE: Insect Safari (4-6 yrs)
DESCRIPTION: Come on a bug safari and explore bugs and insects that inhabit our gardens, woods and wetlands. Collect, examine and identify little creatures using magnifiers and microscopes. Learn about their important jobs as pollinators and decomposers through projects and investigations. Bring snack and water bottle. Download camp forms from website.

TITLE: Insect Safari Science Camp (5-11 yrs.)
DESCRIPTION: Come on an exciting safari and explore bugs and insects that inhabit our gardens, woods and wetlands. Collect, examine and identify little creatures using magnifiers and microscopes. Learn about their important jobs as pollinators and decomposers through projects and investigations. Bring snack and water bottle. Download camp forms from website.

TITLE: JGS-Gardener
DESCRIPTION: Girl Scout Juniors, Skill Building Awards, It's Your Planet, Love It!

TITLE: JGS-Gardener & Flowers Naturalist
DESCRIPTION: Learn all about flowers then design a garden full of them! Participants will create a garden starter kit to take home, complete with seeds and soil in a biodegradable pot. Completes requirements for both badges.

TITLE: Jr. Farmer Camp (9-14 yrs.)
DESCRIPTION: Pitch in on the farm and discover how food goes from field to the table. Learn about farm animals and the roles they play in our lives. Activities include goat milking, working in the garden, learning farm machinery and trying your hand at farm chores! Bring lunch and drink. No camp July 4. Download camp forms from website.

TITLE: Junior Farmer Fun
DESCRIPTION: (5-Adult) Junior Farmers and their families get to play an active role in helping to take care of our farm. Join us this season as we explore topics such as caring for our farm animals, tinkering with farm machinery, and learning the importance of our crops and gardens.Enjoy a new topic each week of the session as we go behind the scenes to help farmers with their work. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

TITLE: Kids Can Cook!
DESCRIPTION: (6-Adult) Create a healthy snack with food straight from Kidwell Farm. Participants get to harvest tasty treats from the garden and learn fun ways to put them together to make kid-friendly dishes. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.

TITLE: Living Wild: Animal Investigations 6-11
DESCRIPTION: See the world through the eyes of a wild animal. Learn the techniques animals use every day to find food, shelter and escape predators. Track and ID animals living at Green Spring. Explore their different habitats and the vital roles they play in the circle of life through hikes, games, crafts and observation. Bring snack, lunch and water. Download camp forms from website.

TITLE: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (16+)
DESCRIPTION: Includes transportation and lunch. In 1855 the Machens of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park took a horseback vacation through western Virginia. Retrace their steps through the Shenandoah Valley, learn about Native American culture through the 'Hear my Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present' exhibit, tour the Glen Burnie House and Gardens and enjoy a picnic lunch. Trip departs from the visitor center at 9am and returns at 4pm.

TITLE: Native Plants for Butterflies
DESCRIPTION: (Adults) Planting a native plant garden is not only beautiful, but is beneficial to butterflies. Horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol leads you through a butterfly safari in the gardens and highlights native plants that are terrific for the home garden and benefit butterflies as host plants or nectar sources.

TITLE: Orchid Re-Potting Workshop
DESCRIPTION: (Adults) Learn how to repot your orchids with the help of Smithsonian Gardens' horticulturalist Sarah Hedean. Sarah demonstrates how to stake and repot orchids for improved health and display and assist you in repotting your own. Learn about orchid containers, potting materials and when to repot. Bring up to two of your own orchids for a check-up and repotting.

TITLE: Park Explorers (3-6 yrs.)
DESCRIPTION: Want to get up close to check out snakes and reptiles? How about digging the past and tasting history? Join us for a week of songs, garden activities, crafts and hands-on exploration. Campers must be potty-trained and age three by the first day. Download camp forms from website.

TITLE: Plants & Design: Grow a Fruit Tree
DESCRIPTION: (Adults) Whether you have a small or large landscape there's always room for a fruit tree or two. Horticulturalist Nancy Olney highlights some unusual fruits like figs, dates, persimmons and blueberries that you can grow without pesticides. Learn how to care for these plants and optimize fruiting. Take home a rooted cutting from our fig tree to get started.

TITLE: Plants & Design: Herbs-A Baker's Dozen
DESCRIPTION: Herb Society of America member and horticulturist Peggy Riccio teaches you how to grow 13 common culinary herbs and creative ways to use them in the kitchen. Learn cultural requirements, harvesting, preservation, propagation methods, resources and recipes. Herb plants available for purchase in the plant shop to get you started.

TITLE: Plants & Design: Hummingbird Garden
DESCRIPTION: (Adults) Attracting hummingbirds to you garden is fun and easy to do. Learn fascinating hummingbird facts and how to create a garden habitat for hummingbirds with Green Spring horticulturist Nancy Olney. Nancy has selected a few choice plants for you to take home to start your garden, along with a list of other favorite hummingbird plants.

TITLE: Science in Motion Camp (6-11 yrs)
DESCRIPTION: Discover how things move with Mad Science. Take apart pellets to see what an owl cannot digest. View the world through a camera obscura. Join a team of camper engineers and build bridges, domes, cubes and pyramids. Assemble and control pulleys, levers, catapults and simple machines. Make your own sidewalk chalk, crystal gardens and chromatography-dyed T-shirt. Bring lunch and drink. Download camp forms from website.

TITLE: Smartphone Nature Photography Workshop
DESCRIPTION: Learn techniques to improve your smartphone nature photography with the help of professional photographer Cindy Dyer. Get a better understanding of composition, color and lighting and how to use your camera settings, then practice what you learned with an in-class garden photography shoot, critique and lesson on editing.

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