Parks and Open Space

Early Childhood Education

little sprouts spring seriesLittle Sprouts

Who: Kids ages 2-5 with accompanying adult
Where: Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden
When: Dates vary, see below
Cost: Free!
Contact: Katie Bird @ (775) 785-4153 or  

Like an acorn that has just sprout, your child is growing and can benefit from nature.  Join us as we explore the animals and plants of the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden.  Little Sprouts will embark on parent child discoveries that promote hand eye coordination, social skills, curiosity, and questioning.  Lessons are inspired by patterns in nature and the beginning concepts of the natural sciences.  No matter the season, classes are held once a month and are free!  The format for each class varies depending on the weather, however all include a story time and guided exploration. Click the link above to go to our Facebook event page. Contact the Arboretum Educator to sign up today!

Winter Series Schedule:

December 18: Forever Green - currently full!
January 15: Goose on the Loose - currently full!
February 19: Herby the Herbivore - currently full!

Please call to be added to our waitlist!! 

Cabin Fever

Who: Children ages 4-6, with accompanying adult
Where: Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden
When: Mondays, December through February, see schedule below!
Cost: $5 donation/session or $30 for full series
Contact: Katie Bird @ (775) 785-4153 or to register! You can also register online via this google form.

Struggle to get your children outside in the cold? Join us to learn about nature in the winter! Each session will feature a short lesson, a story, an indoor activity, and a guided outdoor exploration. 

Dec 3: Winter Trees
Dec 10: A Snowy Owl Story
Jan 7: Let's Go On A Color Hunt
Jan 14: Arctic Animals
Jan 21: The Mitten
Jan 28: Snowflakes Are "Sew" Cool
Feb 4: Ice is Nice
Feb 11: A Winter Adventure Hunt


Who: Families with children 5 or younger.
Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden 
When: Summer. Dates vary, see below
Katie Bird @ (775) 785-4153 or  

Storytime is back this summer at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, in partnership with the Washoe County Library System!  Join us as we discover the joys of storytime in the gardens of the May Arboretum.  This program is designed for families with children ages 5 and younger.  Meet at the Arboretum South Entrance.  Contact the Arboretum Educator for more information. 

Check for dates next Summer!

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