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There is something for everyone at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  Below is a list of our scheduled events classes, and exhibits.  For details on any individual listing, just click on the event for more information.  If you still have questions, feel free to call the garden at 413.298.3926.  See you at the Garden!

Jul
29
Mon
Farm In The Garden Camp – Week 5 @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Jul 29 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm

Limited space remaining.  Please call the Garden to register:  413.298.3926
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Kids, parents, grandparents and farm animals all agree – Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Farm in the Garden Camp is THE place to be!

Have your 5-10 year old join us for one of our five, one-week sessions between July 1st and August 2nd. Children learn the connections that exist with themselves, nature, the food we eat and the friendships that develop in between. There are baby animals to feed, vegetables to tend to, songs to sing, food to prepare and a life-long relationship with the outdoors to start building.

Submit an enrollment form via mail or fax:

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About Farm in the Garden Camp

  • Open to 5 -10 year olds
  • One-week sessions
  • Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Drop-off at 8:45 a.m.
  • A maximum of 18 campers per session
  • Low staff to camper ratios

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Berkshire Botanical Garden has designed a program that will nurture the seeds of earth stewardship for young and old alike while connecting children to our food, our shared place, and to one another. The camp provides time, space, and guidance for children to do meaningful work and play in a caring, garden community brimming with expertise. The camp offers inherent pleasure and personal agency that comes with making things by hand. We will make cheese after milking our visiting goat, collect eggs and harvest and grind wheat berries before baking a quiche, and harvest dill to press carefully into goat cheese rounds. Our work at the garden will be to care for the plants and animals that sustain us and to make good use of the harvest. At Farm in the Garden Camp, participants are invited to join a community of children, grown-ups, plants and animals that engages one another through care, understanding, interaction, and sustenance.
Some of the things we do…
  • care for sheep and goats, feed bunnies, collect eggs
  • build a bean trellis, pull carrots, dig potatoes
  • make (and eat!) ice cream
  • sing songs and hear stories
  • eat snacks that we grew ourselves
  • card and felt wool
  • sell flowers at our farm stand
  • make new friends!

A typical day at Farm in the Garden Camp

  • 9:00 Campers Arrive/ Morning Circle
  • 9:30 Farm Animal Chores
  • 10:00 Snack
  • 10:15 Activity I
  • 11:15 Activity II
  • 12:15 Lunch/Circle of Thanks
  • 1:00 Story in the Schoolhouse
  • 1:30 Choice: Games, Craft, Animals, or Water Play
  • 2:30 Small group time
  • 3:00 Campers leave for the day

What to Bring to Camp

  • Campers should arrive in appropriate clothing for farm and garden work including a hat
  • Campers should wear comfortable, closed toe shoes
  • Snack, Lunch, Water bottle
  • Swimsuit & towel (for slip and slide)
  • Backpack or bag for bringing home swimsuit, towel, crafts, etc.
  • Sunblock/bug repellant should be applied before campers arrive
  • Please label all items with child’s name

 

 

Aug
9
Fri
Family Fridays – Birds of Prey – Tom Ricardi, Wildlife Rehabillitator @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 9 @ 2:30 pm

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Our popular Family Fridays are back!

Meet the feathered, hairy and scaly creatures that live near and far.  Family Friday programs are for children and adults, open to all, and free with paid admission to the garden.  Designed to develop an appreciation of the natural world, these programs will inform and delight participants of all ages.  These popular programs meet in the Education Center at 10:30am.

Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi for his ever popular presentation on birds of prey. This program is designed for families. Tom will share the natural history of these magnificent birds, demonstrate some of their unique behaviors and will inspire children of all ages to appreciate, respect and conserve these important members of our wild kingdom.

Tom Ricardi is a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. He runs Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center in Conway, MA, and is now retired after 40 years of service as a Massachusetts Environmental Conservation police officer.

Aug
16
Fri
Family Fridays – Meet Atka, Ambassador Wolf @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 16 @ 2:30 pm

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Our popular Family Fridays are back!

Meet the feathered, hairy and scaly creatures that live near and far.  Family Friday programs are for children and adults, open to all, and free with paid admission to the garden.  Designed to develop an appreciation of the natural world, these programs will inform and delight participants of all ages.  These popular programs meet in the Education Center at 10:30am.

Meet Atka, Ambassador Wolf

from the Wolf Conservation Center

Join Atka, a magnificent arctic gray wolf,  and Maggie Howell from the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, NY, for an awe-inspiring, up-close encounter with this important but misunderstood predator. Learn about the natural history of wolves in the United States, the importance of wolves in a healthy ecosystem and the efforts to save these magnificent creatures for future generations.

Maggie Howell is Director of the Wolf Conservation Center, the pre-eminent facility in the eastern United States for the captive breeding and re-release of endangered wolves. She earned a BS in Biology from Vassar College, with a focus on animal behavior. She has been working with large predators since 1998 and with WCC since 2005.

Aug
23
Fri
Family Fridays – Snakes and Frogs @ Berkshire Botanical Garden
Aug 23 @ 2:30 pm

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Our popular Family Fridays are back!

Meet the feathered, hairy and scaly creatures that live near and far.  Family Friday programs are for children and adults, open to all, and free with paid admission to the garden.  Designed to develop an appreciation of the natural world, these programs will inform and delight participants of all ages.  These popular programs meet in the Education Center at 10:30am.

Snakes and Frogs

Tom Tyning, Reptile Expert

This program, designed for families, is an introduction to local amphibians and reptiles, animals that are both fascinating and elusive. More than 30 different frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes inhabit Berkshire County, and we know little, if anything, about many of them. Professor Tom Tyning will encourage families to get to know these animals, from tadpoles and turtles to salamanders and snakes. A small collection of local live animals, including snakes, will be available for close examination.

Tom Tyning is Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College. He specializes in reptiles and amphibians in his research and actively researches local rattlesnake populations.

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