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August 2021

EXPLORING PLANTS

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 25, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join us for hands-on activities, games, and scientific exploration about plants and garden life. Scavenger hunts, exploration walks, book readings, poem writing, small crafts, and seed plantings will all be explored over the course of the summer. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Educational Programs in The Arboretum at Penn State. Best suited for children and families. No registration required. August 4, 11, 18, and 25 All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and…

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MUSIC IN THE GARDEN

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 25, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join musician Kyle Siskron-Leonard and make some wonderful sounds in the children’s garden! Best suited for children and families. No registration required. August 4, 11, 18, and 25–10:00 a.m. to noon All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o f inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. All minors must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian during all events, programs, and activities unless registration or marketing materials explicitly state otherwise.

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ROOTED IN WATER HYDROPONICS WORKSHOP

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

This workshop, which teaches a simple hydroponics method called the “kratky method,” is perfect for the whole family! We’ll discuss the importance of roots to plant and soil health, allow participants to taste test different leafy greens grown hydroponically, and, ultimately, work with participants to create their own simple kratky method containers to take home. This program is supported by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Educational Programs in The Arboretum at Penn State. Fee: Free Best suited for: Families…

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STORIES UNDER THE SKY

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Join researchers from Penn State’s Department of Anthropology and storytellers from the broader State College community as they share histories, myths, and legends from diverse cultures under the open sky in the Arboretum. Stories will be followed by stargazing if conditions permit. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Education in The Arboretum at Penn State. Best suited for families. No registration required. All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled…

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BACKYARD BIRDS AND BEYOND

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until August 13, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join Alissa of Paper Bird Creative and Education for demonstrations and activities focusing on our feathered friends. Learn how the avian and human worlds intersect and why birds are not only beautiful but important to our local environment. This program is supported by The Arboretum at Penn State’s Avian Education Program. No registration required. Best suited for children and families August 6 and 13–10:00 a.m. to noon All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled…

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NURTURING NATURALISTS

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 14, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join Alissa of Paper Bird Creative and Education for fun games and activities about a variety of nature-based topics. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Education in The Arboretum at Penn State.  August 7 and 14–10:00 a.m. to noon All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o f inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. All minors must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian during…

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CENTRED OUTDOORS—HIKES IN HARTLEY WOOD

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Overlook Pavilion, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens at corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join a guide from The Arboretum at Penn State on an interpretive hike through Hartley Wood. Explore the different types of trees and herbaceous plants that make up this unique remnant of an old-growth forest right in our backyard. Learn about the impact of invasive species on the forest landscape and what efforts are taken to manage them. Wrap up the visit with a self-guided stroll through the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens and take in the sights of summer.…

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FOOD FROM FORAGE: SUMAC LEMONADE

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Have you ever looked at a pile of grass clippings and seen an enticing salad? Perhaps not, but many of the plants we encounter every day can be eaten if properly prepared! During the Food from Forage summer workshop series, we'll explore both food and first aid products that can be made from plants commonly found in Centre County and throughout Pennsylvania. This last session focuses on a “lemonade” drink made from staghorn sumac, a Pennsylvania native. This program is supported by the Mark Jay…

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CENTRED OUTDOORS—HIKES IN HARTLEY WOOD

August 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Overlook Pavilion, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens at corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join a guide from The Arboretum at Penn State on an interpretive hike through Hartley Wood. Explore the different types of trees and herbaceous plants that make up this unique remnant of an old-growth forest right in our backyard. Learn about the impact of invasive species on the forest landscape and what efforts are taken to manage them. Wrap up the visit with a self-guided stroll through the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens and take in the sights of summer.…

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EXPLORING PLANTS

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 25, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join us for hands-on activities, games, and scientific exploration about plants and garden life. Scavenger hunts, exploration walks, book readings, poem writing, small crafts, and seed plantings will all be explored over the course of the summer. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Educational Programs in The Arboretum at Penn State. Best suited for children and families. No registration required. August 4, 11, 18, and 25 All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and…

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MUSIC IN THE GARDEN

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 25, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join musician Kyle Siskron-Leonard and make some wonderful sounds in the children’s garden! Best suited for children and families. No registration required. August 4, 11, 18, and 25–10:00 a.m. to noon All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o f inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. All minors must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian during all events, programs, and activities unless registration or marketing materials explicitly state otherwise.

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LINCOLN CAVERNS

August 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Discover the wonders of the world below our feet with cave science educators from Lincoln Caverns! Best suited for: Children and families No registration required. All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o f inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. All minors must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian during all events, programs, and activities unless registration or marketing materials explicitly state otherwise.

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STORIES UNDER THE SKY

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Join researchers from Penn State’s Department of Anthropology and storytellers from the broader State College community as they share histories, myths, and legends from diverse cultures under the open sky in the Arboretum. Stories will be followed by stargazing if conditions permit. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Education in The Arboretum at Penn State.  Best suited for: Families. No registration required. All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled…

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BACKYARD BIRDS AND BEYOND

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until August 13, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join Alissa of Paper Bird Creative and Education for demonstrations and activities focusing on our feathered friends. Learn how the avian and human worlds intersect and why birds are not only beautiful but important to our local environment. This program is supported by The Arboretum at Penn State’s Avian Education Program. No registration required. Best suited for children and families August 6 and 13–10:00 a.m. to noon All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled…

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CENTRED OUTDOORS—HIKES IN HARTLEY WOOD

August 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Overlook Pavilion, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens at corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join a guide from The Arboretum at Penn State on an interpretive hike through Hartley Wood. Explore the different types of trees and herbaceous plants that make up this unique remnant of an old-growth forest right in our backyard. Learn about the impact of invasive species on the forest landscape and what efforts are taken to manage them. Wrap up the visit with a self-guided stroll through the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens and take in the sights of summer.…

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DIGGING DEEPER: THE STORY OF SOIL (MINI-CAMP)

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

“Digging Deeper: The Story of Soil” is a hands-on program that encourages children to draw connections between our world and the world just beneath our feet. We'll explore how soil is formed and learn to recognize the characteristics of healthy soil. In the process, we'll learn why soil is vital to both natural ecosystems and human society. This program is supported by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Educational Programs in The Arboretum at Penn State. You'll be provided with…

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NURTURING NATURALISTS

August 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 14, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join Alissa of Paper Bird Creative and Education for fun games and activities about a variety of nature-based topics. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Education in The Arboretum at Penn State.  August 7 and 14–10:00 a.m. to noon All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o f inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. All minors must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian during…

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ILLUMINATING PLANTS

August 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Come explore the children’s garden with us and discover how different wavelengths of light (or radiation), including ones invisible to us (ultraviolet light in particular), affect us, plants, pollinators, and other insects. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Educational Programs in The Arboretum at Penn State. Best suited for children and families Fee: Free No registration required. All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event of inclement…

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CENTRE WILDLIFE CARE

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Meet creatures from Centre Wildlife Care and learn how animal rehabilitators do their work, why animals need to be rescued, and how to help an animal in need. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Education in The Arboretum at Penn State. Best suited for children and families. No registration required. All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o f inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. All…

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EXPLORING PLANTS

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 25, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join us for hands-on activities, games, and scientific exploration about plants and garden life. Scavenger hunts, exploration walks, book readings, poem writing, small crafts, and seed plantings will all be explored over the course of the summer. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Educational Programs in The Arboretum at Penn State. Best suited for children and families. No registration required. August 4, 11, 18, and 25 All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and…

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MUSIC IN THE GARDEN

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 25, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join musician Kyle Siskron-Leonard and make some wonderful sounds in the children’s garden! Best suited for children and families. No registration required. August 4, 11, 18, and 25–10:00 a.m. to noon All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o f inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. All minors must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian during all events, programs, and activities unless registration or marketing materials explicitly state otherwise.

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ROOTED IN WATER HYDROPONICS WORKSHOP

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

This workshop, which teaches a simple hydroponics method called the “kratky method,” is perfect for the whole family! We’ll discuss the importance of roots to plant and soil health, allow participants to taste test different leafy greens grown hydroponically, and, ultimately, work with participants to create their own simple kratky method containers to take home. This program is supported by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Educational Programs in The Arboretum at Penn State. Fee: Free Best suited for: Families…

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EXPLORING PLANTS

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 25, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join us for hands-on activities, games, and scientific exploration about plants and garden life. Scavenger hunts, exploration walks, book readings, poem writing, small crafts, and seed plantings will all be explored over the course of the summer. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Educational Programs in The Arboretum at Penn State. Best suited for children and families. No registration required. August 4, 11, 18, and 25 All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and…

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MUSIC IN THE GARDEN

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until August 25, 2021

Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden, H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens
University Park, PA 16802 United States
Free

Join musician Kyle Siskron-Leonard and make some wonderful sounds in the children’s garden! Best suited for children and families. No registration required. August 4, 11, 18, and 25–10:00 a.m. to noon All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o f inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. All minors must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian during all events, programs, and activities unless registration or marketing materials explicitly state otherwise.

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STORIES UNDER THE SKY

August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Join researchers from Penn State’s Department of Anthropology and storytellers from the broader State College community as they share histories, myths, and legends from diverse cultures under the open sky in the Arboretum. Stories will be followed by stargazing if conditions permit. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Education in The Arboretum at Penn State.  Best suited for: Families  All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled in the event o…

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Cave Day: Explore the World Below Us!

August 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Cave Day The Arboretum at Penn State will host a one-day exploration of the world that lies beneath the limestone valleys of central Pennsylvania. In collaboration with community and University partners we will offer hands-on activities, engaging demonstrations, and presentations that enable visitors to rappel into the science and wonder of caves, karsts, sinkholes, and groundwater. Join us to discover the interconnections between our sunlit world and the realms below. All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and…

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September 2021

STORIES UNDER THE SKY

September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Join researchers from Penn State’s Department of Anthropology and storytellers from the broader State College community as they share histories, myths, and legends from diverse cultures under the open sky in the Arboretum. Stories will be followed by stargazing if conditions permit. This program is sponsored by the Mark Jay Tygel Endowment for Education in The Arboretum at Penn State.  Best suited for: Families. No registration required. All events, programs, and activities are dependent on weather and may be canceled…

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