*Classes are scheduled to be in person. All attendees will be expected to follow University of Tennessee COVID-19 guidelines which include wearing face mask and completing a UTK screening for visitors form which will be provided. Classes may be moved to a virutal format due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the event of classes going virtual, participants will be given a garden kit with garden materials to complete the class at home. For more information on University of Tennessee’s COVID-19 event guidelines visit: https://www.utk.edu/coronavirus/guides/hosting-campus-events-and-visitors​.*

 
 

 

 
Friday Fun Day: Planting Cool Season Veggies
Date: February 19, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon
Class size limit: 15
Cost: $10 members/$15 nonmembers

Did you know that we can grow plants even during the cold weather? This session will teach you about plants that love cold weather. We will plant a few cool season veggies in the garden, and each participant will get to take home their very own seeds to plant. Join us for some winter gardening fun!
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Friday Fun Day: Rainbows

Date: March 5, 2021
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: $10 Garden members / $15 Non-members

Where do you find a pot of gold? At the end of a rainbow, of course! But did you know that rainbows don’t really end? They are a circle even if we don’t always see them that way. Join us for this fun program all about rainbows! We will learn the colors that are in a rainbow and how they are formed. We might even get to see a rainbow if we are lucky! This program is designed for children ages 3, 4, and 5, but all children are welcome. Parents or guardians must be present with the participants during the program.

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Friday Fun Day: Spring
Date: March 19, 2021
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: $10 Garden members / $15 Non-members

The first day of spring is coming up sooner than you might think. During this program we will explore the garden looking and listening for signs of spring. We might see flowers, animals, and insects that could all be signs of the season. We will be walking around and romping through any mud puddles, so come prepared for some fun rain or shine! This program is designed for children ages 3, 4, and 5, but all children are welcome. Parents or guardians must be present with the participants during the program. 

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Wild Bird Eggstravaganza Kit
Pick-up date: Friday, March 26, 2021 from 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $8 per kit (materials for 1 person) or kit of 4 for $24 

Wild Bird Eggstravaganza is a yearly, fun celebration of spring at the UT Gardens. This year, we are choosing to bring the spring festivities right to your home! By purchasing a kit, you will receive enough materials for one participant to make crafts and activities. If you purchase a kit for four, then you will receive enough materials for four participants. Each craft and activity will be bird-related: what they eat, characteristics all birds share, and more. Of course, this kit will be food-allergy friendly since it will not include any food products. You will receive instructions via paper or video for each activity. This is a great way to celebrate the beginning of spring and to learn all about birds, so join us in bringing Wild Bird Eggstravaganza to your home!

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Friday Fun Day: April Showers

Date: April 16, 2021
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: $10 Garden Members / $15 Non-members 

Rain or shine, here at the UT Gardens, we love being outside, especially in the spring! During this outside program we will learn all about weather. While we are learning about the weather, we will practice counting and identifying numbers and patterns. This program is designed for children ages 3, 4, and 5, but all children are welcome. Parents or guardians must be present with the participants during the program.

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Friday Fun Day: Earth Heroes
Date: April 23, 2021
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: $10 Garden Members / $15 Non-members

Do you like being outside? Seeing bees and birds and babbling brooks? So do we! This Friday Fun Day is all about how we can help keep the Earth a beautiful place to live. We will learn about recycling and picking up trash (safely of course!), and we will plant something together to make our homes a greener place, too. This program is designed for children ages 3, 4, and 5, but all children are welcome. Parents or guardians must be present with the participants during the program. 

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Friday Fun Day: Plant and Play
May 7, 2021
10:00AM-12:00PM
$10 Garden members / $15 Non-members

Have you ever watched a plant grow from a seed into a flower and back into seeds? It is an amazing thing to witness and we want you to see it first-hand! Join us for this Friday Fun Day to learn about the parts of a plant, what plants need to grow, and how to take care of them. You will get your very own plant to take home and grow, too. We will also play and look for plants growing in the Children’s Garden during the program. This program is designed for children ages 3, 4, and 5, but all children are welcome. Parents or guardians must be present with the participants during the program. 

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Friday Fun Day: Nature Arts and Crafts
Date: May 21, 2021
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: $10 Garden members / $15 Non-members

To make nature art, we use natural materials. These can be berries, sticks, leaves, or anything we can find. During this program we will make leaf art, berry splatter paintings, and more using all things that might be found in a garden. Be sure to wear your crafting clothes because this program will get messy! This program is designed for children ages 3, 4, and 5, but all children are welcome. Parents or guardians must be present with the participants during the program.  
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Home Grown

 
2021 Homeschool Program- Nature School at the Garden
January - May 2021​
 
This semester we will learn all about different ecosystems! Join us once a month as we explore the different ecosystems at the garden and learn about the different plants and animals that live here. You may register for the entire semester at once (only until January 6th at 11:59PM) or you can register for each session individually. The UT Gardens Home Grown Home School Program is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 10, but all children are welcome. Parents or guardians must stay during the program.

 
Cost:
Cost per session: Garden member $10/nonmember $15
Cost for a semester (5 classes Jan-May): Garden member $45/nonmember $68

 
Sessions:
Date: January 8, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon

 
Date: February 12, 2021
Time: 10am-12

 
Date: March 12, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon

 
Date: April 9, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon

 
Date: May 14, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon
 
 
 
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