HF&G Classes

Nature is our greatest teacher; every plant, tree and flower. HF&G classes take cues from the natural world around us and encourages participants to take a moment to get to know some of the pollinators, native plants, songbirds and wild mushrooms you can find locally and even in your own backyard!

Holden Forests and Gardens is looking for instructors, contact us if you are interested in becoming an Adult Education Instructor.

A Peek Inside the Hive 

Presenter: Trent Balduff, Founder of T’s Bees

40 minute, pre-recorded program

$10 per download

In this pre-recorded program, join Trent Balduff, Founder of T’s Bees for a bee-ginners guide to understanding beekeeping. Balduff shows viewers the tools of the beekeeping trade and then takes you up close and personal for a look inside his hive. While there, Balduff dives into the various components of his hive, introduces you to his bees and describes the complex relationships and their hierarchy, and discusses common threats to bees that can occur within a hive. Lastly, learn about the importance of protecting bees and what you can do to help save our local bee populations.

This is an approximately 40-minute, pre-recorded program and includes contact information for the instructor, should you have any questions about the content.


Virtual Tree Talk-Lakeview Cemetery 

Presenter: Margeaux Apple, Holden Forests and Garden Plant Recorder

40 minute, Pre-Recorded Video 

$5 per person

In our first virtual Tree Talk, join Margeaux Apple, Plant Recorder, in Lake View Cemetery where she provides an in-depth exploration of  four commonly found native and nonnative trees. In this virtual tour, participants will learn how to identify red and white oaks, ginkgos, and white pine and hear some significant cultural and historical stories about these trees that add a layer of charisma to their presence.

This is an approximately 40-minute, pre-recorded program and includes contact information for the instructor, should you have any questions about the content, as well as a map of where to find the trees showcased in this program.

Access to this recording is provided via a password protected link after purchase and can be found in your program’s confirmation letter. 


Sunset Tower and Night Hike

Instructor: Dan Donaldson

$30 per member, $45 per nonmember

Limited to 8 participants per hike

Enjoy the Arboretum’s evening sights and sounds while learning about the nighttime ecosystem hiking from the Corning Visitors Center to the Emergent Tower where participants will climb to the top to watch the sun set. All participants are required to wear a mask and social distance throughout the duration of this program. This hike will take place in the dark on uneven trails, please wear sturdy shoes. Weather related cancellations may be made up until 5:00 PM on Friday evening. Please make sure that we have a good contact phone number to reach you in the event of a cancellation by reaching out to Drose@holdenfg.org

Friday, September 25th | 6:30-8:30pm- SOLD OUT!


 

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Wednesday, September 23 | 6:00-7:00 PM

Instructor: Deyampert Giles, Horticulturist

$10 members, $25 non-members

Fall preparation can make spring gardening less stressful and more cost-effective. In this live, virtual class we will provide an overview of the best fall clean-up practices and pruning with an emphasis on rose care.


Summer to Fall Container Arrangements

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Instructor: Rob Dzurec, Horticulturist

Live, virtual class

$10 members, $25 non-members

Design considerations for summer planter arrangements can provide easy transitions to a fall display. In this virtual class, we will look at plants that work in summer arrangements but can serve as anchors for a fall display. Basic planter arrangement will be discussed with a focus on selecting plants that will provide two seasons or more of impact.


Holden Halloween House Parties

Fridays & Saturdays in October

Instructor: Tom Masaveg, Environmental Educator

Halloween is likely going to look a bit different this year. Let us help your kids celebrate this favorite holiday through a series of educational, interactive, virtual programs that will inspire a curiosity in the world of plants through Spooktacular activities, adventures and games. 

Holden Halloween at home is a variety of five, one-hour youth or family programs that offer your children an exciting new approach to tricks and treats! Celebrate the month of October and the fascinating roles that plants play amid all things magikal, mysterious and fantastical! By signing up for a program, you’re admitted to join an online costume theme party that comes with a kit full of tricky activities and fun treats. You’ll also have access to an augmented reality mask and original games that will make participating in our streaming program even more fun! Each session is limited to 15 participants. More information about Activity Pack pick-up will be provided after registration. 

 

Alien Invaders  

Friday, October 2 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 3 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 7-10 years old

$20 per member child, $35 per nonmember child

 Help save the native plants under attack by alien invasive species by working together as a team. Participants are encouraged to join us from home in their own costume or try on our augmented reality masks as we play games to defeat the enemy threat! Then we’ll use our complimentary kits to make alien plants that really attack! After your program, stop by the Hershey Children’s Garden and visit our larger than life alien invader, Audrey II, from the Little Shop of Horrors, one of the original alien plant invaders. 

                

Pumpkins and Patches

Friday, October 9 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 10 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 3-6 years old with adult assistance

$15 per member child, $30 per nonmember child

A family program where guardians and children build dancing scarecrows as well as decorate their own real, mini jack-o-lanterns! Enjoy these projects as a group while listening to happy Halloween stories and songs. Be sure to visit our Hershey Children’s Garden’s Pumpkin Patch to snap a picture with your favorite scarecrow

           

 

Zombie Plants 

Friday, October 16 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 17 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 7-10

$20 per member child, $35 per nonmember child

A virtual escape room adventure and activity exploring plants that seem to come back from the dead! Then, adopt two types of zombie plants of your own in our activity kits. Participants are encouraged to join us in costume or enjoy the augmented reality masks that we’ll be providing. After your program, add a surprise element from your activity kit to our Hershey Children’s Garden Grassy Knoll Graveyard.

         

 

Magikal Plants

Friday, October 23 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 24 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 7-10

$20 per member child, $35 per nonmember child

Collect clues scattered across time and space to solve a magikal mystery tangled in the secrets of plants. Work together to solve a mystery by playing games and solving puzzles. Then, learn how to make two types of  magik wands with herbs and items from your activity kit! Participants are encouraged to join us in costume and experiment with cool augmented reality camera effects. Visit our very own  apothecary shop in the Hershey Children’s Garden to see how we are using the Garden’s plants for magik

         

 

Magikal Plants Jr. 

Friday, October 30 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 31 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 3-6 years old with adult assistance

$15 per member child, $30 per nonmember child

A magical mystery costume tea party with enchanted tricks and treats accompanied by an interactive story about magic beans. Help find hidden pictures in a virtual scavenger hunt that will teach us why beans are magikal. Then, we’ll decorate tea sets as pots for growing special beans that display secret messages when they grow! Participants are encouraged to join us in costume or play with the augmented reality masks that we provide. Visit our very own apothecary shop in the Hershey Children’s Garden to see how we are using the Garden’s plants for magik.

         


Family Bat Box Workshop

Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 10:00am & 1:00pm

Instructor: Tony Piotrowski

In-person program. Each Session is limited to 9 participants total. At least one adult is required to attend.

$35 per bat box. Additional $5 per non-member (admission included)

Registration deadline: September 28

During this hands-on workshop, families will learn about the importance of bats in our ecosystems while following step-by-step instructions for building a bat box to take home. Afterwards, take a short walk to see some of the Arboretum’s bat boxes. All supplies are included. Before you leave, visit out Halloween Whodunnit StoryTrail with a very batty suspect to learn even more about this nighttime creature.
                                                                                         

Fabulous Fall Colors at Carver’s Pond

Saturday, October 10, 2020 | 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Guide: Mike Watson, Conservation Biologist

In-person hike

$25 members, $35 non-members

Awash in fall color, Carver’s Pond offers some of the most breathtaking views in the area and contains incredible tree specimens. Join Conservation Biologist, Mike Watson for this hike only offered once annually where you’ll explore the woodland and ponds of this unique and seldom seen area of our campus. Hike is rugged and steep and often wet conditions. Please wear appropriate hiking footwear and clothing. Restricted to only 10 participants who must all wear a mask.
After the purchase process is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. If it is a virtual class, the email will contain a link to the desired class video or login information for Zoom. Please contact drose@holdenfg.org with questions.