Classes & Camps

For All Ages and Interests.

More than 130 classes for adults, children, and parent/child pairs are offered year-round, and more than 30 engaging summer camps for children ages 4 to 14 are offered each summer. Camps vary from week-long to 4-day to 1-day camps and run from mid-June through mid-August.

Tips for Signing Up

The schedule for summer camps publishes in February; sign-up early as space is limited. Here is a complete list of the 2014 summer camps. Sign up for camps below.

For more information about any individual class or camp, email our Classes Coordinator or call (616) 975-3147. Scholarship assistance for children and adults is available; for information, call 616-975-3184. If a class or camp is full, call (616) 975-3147 to put your name on a waiting list.

Class Discounts

All members receive discounts on classes.
Check out other membership benefits and find out how to join or renew.

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Events in January, 2014

Apr
17
3:00 pm 4:30 pm

Discover how gardening can once again be a pleasure, providing gentle exercise in a tranquil environment, rather than a pain in the back! Learn how to select and adapt garden tools to make them body friendly and watch a demonstration of how to use them. Learn how to properly perform garden tasks using techniques that will help prevent pain and injury and learn a simple pre-garden workout that can help prevent soreness.

Instructor

Sue Bouchard

Cost

  • Members $20
  • Non-Members $27
Apr
19
10:00 am 11:30 am
Classes & Camps: Adult

Abstracting Nature: Photography

This slide illustrated class will demonstrate the tools and techniques for creating abstract photographs. Focus will be on learning to see abstract compositions by identifying design elements like form, shape, and texture. Creative camera and lens techniques will be explored as well as methods to optimize abstract photos with the computer. Time will be allowed at the end of class for independent photographing outside.

Instructor

Ed Post

Cost

  • Members $25
  • Non-Members $32
Apr
22
6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult

Infused Oils and Vinegars

Learn to combine citrus fruit and herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and others to make unique infused oils and vinegars. Make a bottle of herbal vinegar to take home to enhance the flavor of food or as a topping for hors d’ oeuvres. Samples and recipes included.

Instructor

Connie Hanson

Cost

  • Members $35
  • Non-Members $42
Apr
22
7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult

Where have all the Monarchs gone?

Have you seen fewer Monarch butterflies in recent years?

Instructor

Matthew Douglas

Cost

  • Members $15
  • Non-Members $22
Apr
25
8:30 pm 10:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult & Child

Astronomy Night: The Spring Skies

Take a tour of the night skies with astronomer, Jim Foerch. Observe through telescopes and build a planisphere to predict the timing of constellations. Listen to sories about springtime constellations and learn how ancient farmers used the constellations.

Ages

6-10

Instructor

Jim Foerch

Cost

  • Members $30 pairs
  • Non-Members $37 pairs
Apr
26
10:00 am 11:30 am
Classes & Camps: Adult & Child

Grandma and Me: Make a Garden Stone

Full Class

Work together arranging colorful rocks, shells,glass, and more in mosaic patterns to create a permanent stone for your garden. Learn about patterns as you plan your design on paper, then mix the cement and embed the materials. Voila! A garden stone to enjoy together.

Ages

6-10

Cost

  • Members $30 pairs
  • Non-Members $37 pairs
May
3
10:00 am 11:30 am
Classes & Camps: Adult

Introduction to Light Room

Looking for imaging software? Curious about Light Room’s features? Investigate the possibilities of Light Room with an experienced photographer who will explain Light Room’s features and discuss how the software fits into a photographer’s workflow.

Instructor

Ed Post

Cost

  • Members $25
  • Non-Members $32
May
7
9:00 am 12:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult

Spring Flowers in Pastel

Enjoy a demonstration of flower arranging and put together your own small arrangement of colorful spring blooms. Then discover techniques for layering and blending pastels, and create your own pastel in a 5” X 7” format. Flowers provided; bring your own small vase or taller one with a small opening.

Instructor

Rose Allerding and Kathleen Kalinowski

Cost

  • Members $35
  • Non-Members $42
May
10
9:00 am 12:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult, Bonsai Workshop

“Beginners Only” Workshop

Full Class

Gain hands-on experience pruning, wiring and repotting a lovely yew bonsai. Learn what to look for when selecting a tree with “bonsai potential” and how to determine the best style for your tree. All materials provided.

Instructor

Gene Deci

Cost

  • Members $50
  • Non-Members $57
May
10
12:30 pm 2:00 pm
Classes & Camps: Adult, Bonsai Workshop

Create an Erodium Bonsai

Experience level: Beginner to Intermediate

Create a “mame” bonsai, one that can be held in the palm of your hand, using Erodium, also known as alpine geranium. Rake out the soil, cut back the roots and pot it into a small pot. Then clean out the foliage to expose the trunk and discover the style for your new bonsai. This plant, ideal for beginners, can be grown on a windowsill, where you can enjoy its tiny leaves and small flowers. All materials provided.

Instructor

Kenneth Huth

Cost

  • Members $30
  • Non-Members $37