Date(s) & Time(s)::
January 7, 2016
Daily from January 30, 2016 until February 13, 2016
February 4, 2016
February 13, 2016
February 18, 2016
February 20, 2016
February 25, 2016
February 27, 2016
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun
Thursday Night Insight: Fossil Plants & Their Living Relatives
Thursday, January 7, 6 – 7 pm
When you take a summer hike in the woods or follow a meandering stream, you’ll likely discover clumps of ferns and clusters of horsetails along the water’s edge. Go back in your time machine to the Coal Age (Carboniferous) some 300 million years ago, and relatives of these diminutive plants would tower over you as giants of the forest. Their fossil remains are abundant in coal deposits around the world. In this session, we’ll examine examples of fossilized roots, stems and leaves of Coal Age plants and compare them with living relatives. Included will be photos from a fossil dig in eastern Kentucky that revealed nearly 20 feet of Lycopod root. Special Conservatory admission is just $1. Members and children under 2 admitted free.
Winterval at the Conservatory
Saturday, January 30, 10 am – 3 pm
Join the Conservatory and our Winterval partners in celebrating winter. At the Conservatory, you can make a winter bird feeder and have fun exploring in our “Dig This” exhibit. Other activities will be held around town at the Community Center, the Old Fort, and Science Central. Don’t forget about the Fort Wayne Rugby Club’s annual Snow Bowl at Lawton Park at 1 pm. Winterval is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, the Downtown Improvement District and Majic 95.1. Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427- 6440.
Saturday, January 30, 1- 2 pm
With Valentine’s Day approaching, we will be learning the basics of designing fresh flowers in a clear glass vase. Red and white carnations with baby’s breath will show off your talents. We will also be teaching bow making! Registration deadline: January 22. Min. 10. Max. 25. Fee: $45/public; $39/Conservatory member or volunteer. Enroll in all three winter workshops (December, January and February) and receive a $10 discount. Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street. To register, call (260) 427-6000.
Crystal & Geode Jewelry
Saturdays, January 30 – February 13, 3 – 4 pm
Polymer clay is the most versatile medium to work with, and its only limit is your imagination. Over several class periods you will learn how to work clay to mimic the natural beauty of crystal and rock formations. Your kit includes tools and supplies to make two finished pieces of wearable art. Instructor Lissa Brown is a Fort Wayne jewelry designer and mixed media artist, emphasizing the artistic expression of nature. No experience is required; just bring your curiosity. All materials provided. Ages 14+. Registration deadline: January 22. Min. 5. Max. 20. Fee: $149/public; $139/Conservatory member or volunteer. Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street. To register, call (260) 427-6000.
Thursday Night Insight: Woven Heart
Thursday, February 4, 6 – 7 pm
Have a heart this February… in fact, have a paper or felt heart! Crafter, Darlene Tomkinson will walk you through weaving a paper or felt heart just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s a fun and simple craft that can be enjoyed by anyone. Enjoy a “creative moment” on the first Thursday of the month. Pick up some new ideas and enjoy free coffee and tea. Special Conservatory admission is just $1. Members and children under 2 admitted free.
Rocks & Minerals: How + Why?
Saturday, February 13, 1 – 2:30 pm
Chet Perkins, a long time member of the Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society and a Certified Geology Merit Badge Counselor with the Boy Scouts, will discuss the three basic rock groups and their mineral content along with examples of each. Learn how to identify common minerals with hands-on participation that include the Mohs Hardness Test and the Scratch Test. The program will also cover the importance of minerals in our everyday lives and will look at how Indiana geodes are formed, with some examples.
Ages 7+. Registration deadline: February 5. Min. 10. Max. 25. Fee: $8/public; $4/Conservatory member or volunteer. Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street. To register, call (260) 427-6000.
Organic vs Chemical Lawn Care
Thursday, February 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Penny Alles, Advanced Master Gardener and Plant Diagnostic Specialist, will share both traditional and modern ideas on how to get that green lawn you desire. Whether you prefer chemicals or a more organic approach, you will leave with your own personal checklist and schedule to follow. Ages 13+. Registration deadline: February 11. Min. 10. Max. 32. Fee: $12/public; $6/Conservatory member or volunteer. Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street. To register, call (260) 427-6000.
Saturday, February 20, 10 am – 3 pm
What’s your favorite dinosaur: the T-Rex? Apatosaurus? Triceratops? Or do you prefer the scary tusks of the saber-toothed tiger and mastodon? This winter the Conservatory is hosting a Pre-Historic Party, and you’re invited! Wear a costume or get your face painted once you’re here. We’ll ask you to write or draw what you know about dinosaurs or fossils so you can share with other “Dig This!” garden visitors. Then we’ll all have fossil fun with crafts, games, and light refreshments. Regular Conservatory admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Children 2 and under are admitted free.
Hydro Tea 2
Thursday, February 25, 6 – 7:30 pm
Matt’s back! Fingerle that is . . . If you missed him last time, here’s another opportunity to learn about Hydro Tea and other unique growing methods such as Riverponics, air pruning, soil gardening combined with hydroponics, self-watering gardens, wicking gardens, compost, compost brewers, compost tea and vortexing. If you were fortunate enough to attend last time, this class will have added content as well as be more hands-on. Say goodbye to tiling, weeding and watering and place a garden where you once thought impossible! All ages. Registration deadline: February 18. Min. 10. Max. 32. Fee: $8/public; $4/Conservatory member or volunteer. Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street. To register, call (260) 427-6000.
“English Garden” Flower Arranging
Saturday, February 27, 1- 2 pm
The English Garden is a unique style of its own in fresh floral arranging. In this session we will focus on the placement and selection of flowers to create an arrangement in the style of Old England. Registration deadline: February 19. Min. 10. Max. 25. Fee: $52/public; $44/Conservatory member or volunteer. Enroll in all three winter workshops (December, January and February) and receive a $10 discount. Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street. To register, call (260) 427-6000.
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