August Classes for Adults and Children

August Classes for Adults and Children

CHILDREN

Sprouting Chefs: Salsa Garden

  • Saturday, August 11, 10–11:30am
  • Park House Events Center
  • Member $12; Nonmember $14
  • Donna Jung, Extension Educator with Canadian County
  • Best for ages 8 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, August 7 
  • REGISTER HERE

In this hands-on kid’s cooking program, families will learn how easy it is to make homemade salsa right out of the garden. We’ll go over the fresh ingredients needed to make a basic tomato salsa and a unique watermelon salsa, then discuss knife skills and get to cooking! Everyone will get to taste and take home samples of each salsa creation.

Little Sapling Series

  • August 14 and 28, 10–11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch (or north lobby in case of inclement weather)
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before
  • AUGUST 14
  • AUGUST 28

Join us in the Children’s Garden for an hour of songs, games, and interactive nature fun. Toddlers (and parents!) will get to learn about the exciting world of gardens in an engaging and educational way. Each week features a new theme with corresponding activities and learning opportunities. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

Reading Wednesdays

  • August 15, 22 and 29, 10am
  • Children’s Garden Porch (or north lobby in case of inclement weather)
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and children will enjoy creating a small craft after the story. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405)-835-6789.

The Art of Words: Plant Poems

  • Saturday, August 25, 10-11am
  • Meet in North Lobby of Crystal Bridge
  • Member $4; Nonmember $5
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, August 21
  • REGISTER HERE

Poetry and nature have always gone hand in hand. In this class, children will learn how to combine the two. Participants will learn how to write a simple poem followed by a nature walk to get a dose of creative inspiration. We will end with quiet time to compose our plant-inspired poems.

Family Workshop: Rock Terrariums

  • Saturday, August 25, 2–3:30pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $14; Nonmember $16
  • Molly Yunker and Stacey Evans, Oklahoma Geological Survey
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, August 21
  • REGISTER HERE

Calling all rock collectors and plant lovers! In this hands-on family workshop, each child will pot up their own small terrarium and learn how to care for it. We’ll also learn about the fascinating world of rocks and how many varieties there are. Then we’ll get to pick out a couple interesting ones to display in our terrariums to take home.

Reading Wednesday with the Downtown Library

  • August 29, 10am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

On the last Wednesday of every month, we’re excited to welcome the Downtown Library to Reading Wednesdays!  Library staff will be onsite to do our normal reading and craft as well as a fun additional activity.

 

ADULTS

21st Century Gardening: Strategies for Sustainability

  • Thursday, August 16, 6-8pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Dale Spoonemore, From Seed to Spoon
  • Register by Tuesday, August 14 
  • REGISTER HERE

The next generation of thinking for an age-old practice has arrived. As modern gardening strategies evolve to meet technological advances, local urban farmer Dale Spoonemore has been successfully blending the two for the last half decade. Since the launch of his self-designed smartphone app, Dale has been demonstrating the keys to sustainable living through sustenance gardening. Learn how you can also positively affect tomorrow’s future by reaping the benefits from your own garden today.

Myriad Kitchen: College Edition: Affordable Meals Workshop

  • Friday, August 17, 6-8pm
  • Park House Event Center
  • Member $20; Nonmember $27
  • Jenny Dunham, Culinary Expert & Restaurateur
  • Register by Wednesday, August 15
  • REGISTER HERE

The ability to prepare affordable, nutritious meals is vital in maintaining resilient health. This hands-on workshop will offer a guided kitchen experience in cooking nourishing, cost-effective dishes with minimal preparation. Participants will learn quick, tasty options whether designing cuisine for one person or a small group. All ages and ability levels are encouraged to attend. Please bring your apron and be ready for a delicious, light-hearted journey into culinary independence.

Gardens Walking Tour

  • Saturday, August 25, 10-11am
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with our educational walking tours. Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for our region – from spring color to drought tolerant choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our north lobby.