Youth Classes

Youth Classes

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10 am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 am. 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. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

Themes: April 24 – Metropolitan Downtown Library

Family Workshop: Microworlds

  • Saturday, April 27, 10-11:30am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Molly Yunker and Stacey Evans, Oklahoma Geological Survey
  • Best for ages 8 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, April 23 o
  • REGISTER HERE

We’ll explore the hidden parts of soil in this class as we dive into the microscopic world of nature. We’ll examine all kinds of natural objects under microscopes and play guessing games to figure out what we are looking at, then learn about the tiny components that make up soil. We’ll end by potting up our own seeds in a mini planter to take home so we can continue to explore tiny worlds.

Gardening with Worms

  • Saturday, April 27, 1-2 pm
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $7; Nonmember $9
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, April 23 
  • REGISTER HERE

Did you know that worms can help your compost pile thrive and become rich in nutrients? Come and learn the recipe for excellent compost through the science of vermiculture- and be ready to get a little dirty! We will observe the compost bins in the Children’s Garden through a hands-on lesson and learn about what we should and should not add to make our compost healthy and safe to use. Participants will also get to create their very own “worm hotel,” complete with worms, to take home.

Little Saplings

  • Spring Session – every other Tuesday from March to June
  • April 30, 10-11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before
  • REGISTER FOR APRIL 30

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

  • Every Wednesday
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10am
  • Visitor Center Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 am. 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. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

Tiny Greenhouses

  • Wednesday, May 1, 6-7pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 7 to 10
  • Register by Friday, April 26
  • REGISTER HERE

Start spring seeds with your family as we create mini greenhouses made out of recycled materials. We’ll learn the process of seed starting with hands-on planting time and discover the importance of greenhouses for plants as we visit a not-so-tiny greenhouse – the Crystal Bridge Conservatory! Each child will get to create their own small greenhouse with planted seeds to take home.

Seed Bomb Walkup at Garden Fest

  • Saturday, May 11, 11am – 2pm
  • Children’s Garden Entrance
  • $1 for 2 seed bombs
  • All ages welcome

Join us to make homemade seed bombs so you create color explosion flower gardens in your yard and neighborhood. We’ll have information about the types of seeds in our wildflower mix and how you’re helping out local pollinator and animal friends.

Little Saplings

  • Every other Tuesday
  • May 14 & 28; June 11, 10-11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before
  • PICK A DATE 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.

Sprouting Chefs: Kid-Friendly Dips

  • Saturday, May 18, 2-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, May 14
  • REGISTER HERE

Get ready for your summer picnics! We’ll talk about what goes into our favorite dips, like hummus and salsa, and then learn to make a couple easy and healthy homemade versions, including one dessert dip. We’ll get to enjoy our tasty creations with veggies, chips, and crackers and head home with the recipes.

Family Workshop: Twig Engineering

  • Thursday, May 30, 2-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom and Garden Grounds
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 8 to 11
  • Register by Friday, May 24
  • REGISTER HERE

Calling all future scientists, engineers, and foresters! Kids will use their imagination and STEAM skills to create twig boats out of natural materials. We’ll discuss ideas for successful boats and put our designs to the test as we work in family or friend teams to craft small vessels that can float, move and hold cargo. We’ll end the class by testing our creations on real, open water!

Summer Celebration Series: Weather

  • Friday, May 31, 10 am-2 pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Member $5; Nonmember $7

Join us for the first of three Summer Celebrations in the Children’s Garden as we explore the thunderous topic of weather! Demonstrations, hands-on activities, experiments, crafts, games and more will be available for families to learn about cloud types, storm formations, and weather prediction. You won’t want to miss this exciting event for the entire family!