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Astronomy in the Garden – Family Night at Croy Canyon

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Dr. Tim Frazier, our favorite astronomy buff and president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will offer 4 nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018.

Participants will start inside at 7:00 pm with a featured lecture (see schedule below). Then, weather permitting, we’ll move outside at 8:00 pm to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects and other celestial wonders. Kristin Fletcher, SBG Education Director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes, if you have them!  Space is limited to just 20 participants and payment will confirm your spot.  Call 208-726-9358 to pay and reserve your space.

Cost (register online here)

  • Per evening: $10 Sawtooth Botanical Garden members/ $12 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.
  • For the series: $35 for SBG members/ $43 nonmembers; children under 16 – Free.

Schedule

  • January 23, Tuesday – 7 pm: Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes.  8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • May 22, Tuesday – 7 pm: Shoot the night sky with your camera or cell phone. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • August 12, Sunday – 7 pm: Family night at Croy Canyon; Perseid meteor shower will be a highlight.  In case of bad weather, we’ll relocate to SBG and feature some cool astronomy activities for kids. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.
  • November 13,  Tuesday – 7 pm: The horse, the maiden and the queen – winter constellations. 8 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy telescope viewing and constellation lore.

Discovery Club – Wednesdays 6/13-8/15

DISCOVERY CLUB

Similar to story hour at libraries, Discovery Club is perfect summer activity for youth 4 to 8 years old. The hour-long programs are free and require no pre-registration to participate. Each session features engaging stories, fun activities and Garden explorations around an environmentally related theme, including Worms!, Insects in the Stream, Our 5 Senses, Favorite Flowers, Fruits and Seeds, Leaves in Autumn, The World of Roots and more!

Discovery Club will be offered each Tuesday from 10-11 AM June 15-August 15.

Jr. Master Gardener Series

Do you know kids who like gardening?  Then, sign them up for the Junior Master Gardener camp at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden!  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.

Kids will enjoy individual and group activities, help prepare ethnic lunches, participate in fun educational games, learn life skills plus leave with a JMG Certification!

Instructors: Kathi Kimball (University of Idaho Blaine County Extension 4-H Program) and Kristin Fletcher (Sawtooth Botanical Garden Education Director)

Ages: 4th – 8th grade

Cost: $25, advance registration only

Register: Contact Kathi Kimball at 208-788-5585 or Kristin Fletcher at 208-726-9358 or click here.

 

Bug Zoo!

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The 14th annual Bug Zoo starts with a buzz with the enormously popular Bug Zoo Festival on Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The Zoo enjoys a 2 week run, from April 21- May 3. Closed on Sundays.  This year’s theme is the Web of Life.

You’ll see old favorites like tarantulas, chameleons, geckos and snakes and more! Get up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s famous creatures, make critter crafts, do a bug scavenger hunt, play buggy games and more! Bring the kids and explore engaging displays while learning about fun, weird and sometimes incredibly helpful creepy crawlers. This year’s Bug Zoo theme TBD.

Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3.00; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Bug Zoo Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 21:  Bug Zoo Festival

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Get up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s insects and their amazing adaptations and other famous creatures, make critter crafts, do a bug scavenger hunt, play buggy games and more!  General bug viewing and self-guided activities. Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Monday-Friday, April 23-27:  Scheduled School Field Trips & Public Viewing

9:00-3:00 p.m.  Experience Bug Zoo! with one of our specially trained Interpretive Educators.  This year’s theme is the Web of Life.  Act now to reserve your time slot as they fill fast! Call (208) 726-9358. Cost: Free!

3:00 -5:00 p.m.  We recommend public viewing during these hours.

Saturday, April 28:  Bug Zoo U (University) and Bugs After Hours

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Bug Zoo U is a terrific opportunity for adults and kids to go deep, learning more about these fascinating critters from storytellers, critter owners, beekeepers and more!  Stay tuned! Schedule of activities to be determined

Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3; Children 4 and under – FREE!

6:00 – 8:30 PM. Bugs After Hours is a special opportunity for 15 lucky kids ages 4-8 years old.  Drop off your kids and have a night out!  Your child will not bug you!  Instead he or she will play buggy games, do buggy activities, make buggy treats and get one on one with some of Bug Zoos coolest critters.

Cost: $20 per child

Saturday, April 28: Bugs After Hours (NEW ADDITION!)

6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Got kids who love bugs?  Just drop them off at the Garden and have a night out.  We’ll do all the rest.  Kids will have a blast playing snaky games, making buggy snacks, getting up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s most popular critters.  For FSK (Very Special Kids) only ages 5-8 years old. Just $25 SBG for members/ $30 for nonmembers. Preregistration required.

Monday-Thursday, April 30 – May 3:  Scheduled School Field Trips & Public Viewing

9:00-3:00 p.m.  Experience Bug Zoo! with one of our specially trained Adaptation Educators.  This year’s theme is the web of life.  Act now to reserve your time slot as they fill fast! Call (208) 726-9358. Cost: Free!

3:00 -5:00 p.m.  We recommend public viewing during these hours.

Kid’s Garden Camp

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Sawtooth Botanical Garden is happy to be hosting a free half-day garden camp on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students in grades 1-3 are invited to join us for a morning of games, crafts, and stories to celebrate the environment and MLK!

Drop off will be between 8:30-9am with a pick up time of 12-12:30pm. Space is limited to just 20 students and therefore preregistration is required. Lana Silver and Ben Menard, SBG’s AmeriCorps members, will share their love of the garden with assistance from Jamie Truppi, a local AmeriCorps member.

Call 208-726-9358 to reserve your slot.

 

Roots to Seeds

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The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is offering “Roots to Seeds,” a great end of the summer children’s workshop on Saturday, September 16. During this fun 3-hour class children ages 8-10 will explore the plant world from the ground up through stories, games and hands-in-the-dirt activities. Cost is just $25 per student and includes materials and snacks. Advance registration required. Instructor: SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher.

Instructor: SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher

Date: Saturday, September 16

Time9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: $25, includes materials and snacks; advance registration required

Daisy Doodles – Art in the Garden

Daisy Doodles 

Tell a story…Explore the Garden…Journal…Create a Book…Bind & Glue…Paint….Sketch…Observe!

Daisy Doodles is a fun, 2-day exploration of book making, journaling and art under the mentorship a local artist. Children will weave stories by creating hand-made books inspired by the garden’s flowers, trees and creek. Materials and snacks are provided.  Suitable for ages 8-10 for a maximum of 10 children.

Dates:  July 10-11, Monday & Tuesday, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Instructor:  Kate O’Brien, art teacher at Bellevue Elementary School.

Cost: $25

 

Bug Zoo

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For the Birds – Build a Chickadee Birdhouse

 

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Bring your kids to this family friendly workshop and help our feathered friends. You’ll build a birdhouse that’s just right for backyard chickadees, and then take it home.  Materials are provided.

Date: Saturday, April 8, 10:00-noon

Instructors: SBG Education Director Kristin Fletcher and James Stireman are long time bird enthusiasts.

Cost: SBG members: $16 for 1 adult/1 child. Nonmembers: $20. Each additional child is $7. Preregistration required.

Daisy Doodles – Art in the Garden

Daisy Doodles

Daisy Doodles is a fun, 2-day exploration of book making, journaling and art under the mentorship of local artists.  Children will tell their personal stories by creating hand-made books inspired by the garden’s flowers, trees and creek.  The camp will be held July 26-27, Tuesday & Wednesday, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, with a snack break.

The camp is suitable for ages 9-10 for a maximum of 10 children.

Materials provided.  Free; donations to the Garden are appreciated.

 

Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a place filled with glory,

So, join this class of journal art and create a book (or two!) – a story!

Take some time with a mentor by your side,

Bind and glue and tear and rip to create your own design.

 

Journeying through the garden noting all you see,

Focusing on the treasures that you view for free.

 

Sketching as you wander with pencil, pens, paint, paper and glue,

Learning and creating treasure books that are just for you!