July Classes for Children and Adults

July Classes for Children and Adults

Did you know it’s time to start planning your fall garden? We’ve got a class for that! For kids our annual Bug Out! returns but heads-up – it’s not in the Crystal Bridge. Learn more. 


Weekly Walkups

  • Through August 10, Monday-Friday, 10am – Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child
  • Come to the Children’s Garden for some fun activities that explore the world of plants. 
  • Groups of 10 or more please contact Lily Christman, at (405) 445-5162, for more information about group activities.
    • Make-it Mondays:  Each Monday children will “make and take” something home using a variety of natural and craft materials.  We’ll make a summer full of fun garden crafts like wind chimes, chia heads, and seed bombs.
    • Tasty Tuesdays:  Don’t miss this fun morning where you’ll get to play with food! Combine different shapes of fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep! This activity is a great way to turn a “yuck” into a “yum” and to learn about these foods and where they come from.
    • Reading Wednesdays:  It’s that time of year when Reading Wednesdays moves back out into the garden!  We’ll be reading nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the garden each week and then make a craft.
    • “Think Green” Thursdays:  This day of the week is devoted to fun crafts that focus on the 3 R’s of environmental kindness:  reduce, reuse, and recycle.  We’ll upcycle unused or discarded items to make something new and cool like transforming a plastic bottle into a bird feeder!
    • Find-it Fridays:  This is a self-guided scavenger hunt, leading you on a discovery of nature in the Children’s Garden with all of its shapes, textures, and beautiful colors.  Use fun tools like magnifying lenses and binoculars, as you wind your way through the garden!

Little Sapling Series

  • Every other Tuesday
  • July 17, 31; August 14, 28; September 11, 25, 10 – 11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch 
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before HERE

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.

Tropical Treats

  • Wednesday, July 18, 1- 2pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Friday, July 13 HERE

Learn about the plants we use to make tasty tropical popsicles and ice cream as we explore the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. We’ll go on a scavenger hunt for plants such as the chocolate tree, the coconut tree and the vanilla orchid, then make a colorful craft and end with a refreshing, tropical popsicle from Pitchfork in the Park.

Family Workshop: Sun Prints

  • Saturday, July 21, 2-4pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $10; Nonmember $11
  • Jeanne Parkhurst, local educator and teaching artist
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, July 17 HERE

Take advantage of summer’s sunny days! Jeanne will teach participants about sun prints, also known as blue prints or cyanotypes. This simple process was one of the earliest forms of photography without using a camera. We will use the conservatory as inspiration to create our own images for sun soaked pictures. Cool drinks and shady areas will be provided while our prints do their thing outdoors!

Leafy Living: Garden Camp for Kids

  • Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24, 8am- 12pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $60; Nonmember $70
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Wednesday, July 18 HERE

Kids will become expert garden adventurers in this camp focused on healthy living and nature. Each day will include a gardening lesson, basic cooking class, nature scavenger hunt and crafts. Kids will head home with the enthusiasm and skills to continue exploring nature, staying active, helping out in the garden and creating their own, healthy snacks.


Ladies’ Night Out: Floral Designs

  • Friday, July 20, 7-8:30pm
  • Park House Event Center
  • Member $45; Nonmember $55
  • Chelsea Hughes, Asst. Maintenance Supervisor, Calvert’s Interior Plants
  • Register by Monday, July 16 HERE

Gather your friends, sisters, and mother for a party with light refreshments and soothing tunes as you learn the basics and finer points of fashioning floral arrangements. No experience necessary!  Please bring pruners and a bag to take your arrangements home.

Designing Your Fall Garden

  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $14; Nonmember $19
  • Lori Coats, My Raggedy Herbs
  • Register by Thursday, July 19 HERE

Fall vegetable gardening can be one of the most pleasant times to grow your own food in Oklahoma, yet often overlooked.  In this class, Backyard Kitchen Gardener and owner of My Raggedy Herbs, Lori Coats, will guide you in planning an autumn garden space, identify proper planting dates and select the best-suited varieties for Zone 7.  Once you understand how wonderful gardening can be in cooler temperatures, you may expand your garden!

Smart Gardening: Growing Food Made Easy

  • Saturday, July 28, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Dale Spoonemore, From Seed to Spoon
  • Register by Thursday, July 26

Growing your own food is a smart choice. Just ask Dale Spoonemore, a self-taught horticulturist, who transformed his once empty backyard into an efficient organic food farm.  By growing his food, Dale has saved money and improved his health.  Listen as Dale explains how he embraced innovative gardening approaches to expand nutritional selections for his young family. Dale’s self-designed sustenance gardening smartphone app will be one of many tools he will exhibit, so you too, can easily grow your own food.