Youth Programs at MBGNA

Discover, learn, and play on our trails and in the Gaffield Children's Garden. Adventure backpacks filled with activities for self-guided fun are available during regular business hours from the front desk. We also offer several childrens' workshops and group programs.

Saturday morning programs reflect the activities offered in our newsletter, and you can sign up for them on an individual basis. If you'd like to bring a scout or youth group, our Thursday evening programs are tailored to meet badge and patch requirements.

Family Tree Registration

Please call Visitor services (734-647-0150) to use one of your 6 free passes. Please have your membership ID ready along with the names and ages of the children you are registering

Sweet Spot: Tea & Cocoa Party

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 10:00am

Learn how to host your own tea party and celebrate the joy of gathering together with friends. Create a decoration for the table using dyes made from tea, and make your own special tea blend to take home. Then sit together to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or herbal tea and a tea-cookie and make a new friend! This program may contain the following allergens: milk, wheat, chocolate. 20-YE-01 $12.00/child includes all materials and tea party. Recommended ages 5-12.

Fee: $12.00

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Faerie Door Workshop I

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30am

Faeries, gnomes, sprites, and pixies are creatures who protect the natural world. Learn about these woodland creatures and make a special faerie door to encourage them to visit. Program designed for children but is also open to adults or guardians who want to participate. Classes fill quickly; registration requested. Includes materials and activities. 20-YE-02 (9:30); 20-YE-03 (11:30) $14.00/person includes faerie door materials. Recommended ages 4-12. Note: Due to popular demand we are offering two faerie door programs on the same date. Both sessions are the same.

Fee: $14.00

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Faerie Door Workshop II

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 11:30am

Faeries, gnomes, sprites, and pixies are creatures who protect the natural world. Learn about these woodland creatures and make a special faerie door to encourage them to visit. Program designed for children but is also open to adults or guardians who want to participate. Classes fill quickly; registration requested. Includes materials and activities. 20-YE-02 (9:30); 20-YE-03 (11:30) $14.00/person includes faerie door materials. Recommended ages 4-12. Note: Due to popular demand we are offering two faerie door programs on the same date. Both sessions are the same.

Fee: $14.00

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Elzada Clover Day

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 10:00am

Elzada Clover was a pioneering botanist and the first woman to successfully raft down the Colorado River. She collected plants from her trip to bring back to the University of Michigan. Learn how she prepared for her trip to the desert and then make a desert plant terrarium to take home. 20-YE-04 $10.00/child includes all materials. Recommended ages 5-12.

Fee: $10.00

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Groovy Great Lakes

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am

The Great Lakes state of Michigan provides beauty at every turn. Explore what makes our state so wonderful and learn about surprising habitats, plants, and animals that call the Great Lakes home. Create a collage about the beauty of our home state and pot up seeds to attract Michigan caterpillars and butterflies. 20-YE-05 $10.00/child includes all materials. Recommended ages 6-12.

Fee: $10.00

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