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Literature in the Garden
Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest
Valparaiso, IN
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Literature in the Garden
Bring your children ages 8-10 to Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest for a reading in the garden with an educational craft afterwards.

The class will be taught by Porter County Master Gardeners: Linda Mapes, and Carolyn Dye.

Attend all six classes to earn a Junior Master Gardener certificate.

Date: Thursdays June (3, 10, 17, 24) and July (1, 8) at 10:00 AM

Location: 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso IN 46385 in the Adventure Garden

Go to www.pnw.edu/gabisarboretum or email gabisarboretum@pnw.edu to register. Class size is limited to 15 so register today.

Registration is required to ensure enough supplies for all attendees.See schedule below.

June 3rd - Book 1:  Plantzilla written by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by David Catrow:

The problem started when soon-to-be 4th grade student Mortimer Henryson brought home the class plant over summer vacation.  Unbelievable things began happening in and around the Henryson home.  Could Plantzilla be to blame?  Bring your paint shirt and join us at 10:00 on Thursday, June 3 to hear about and meet some very strange plants.  We will meet in the Adventure Garden, read the book, examine the plants, make a craft demonstrating the plants' unusual features and play games.  Become a Junior Master Gardener as you learn more about plants.  See you then.

June 10th - Book 2: Miss Rumphius written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney and published by Penguin Group (USA):

As a little girl, Alice Rumphius had a simple dream, that one day made a big difference! Alice tells her grandfather that she wants to be like him, to travel to faraway places and to live by the sea one day. However, he tells her she needs to set a third goal: to make the world more beautiful. Alice reaches the first two goals easily, but it isnt until she becomes an old woman that her final mission comes to fruition. Her garden inspires her to spread beauty everywhere for all to enjoy. We will be dissecting plants from the gardens to determine parts of a flower to make monster flowers.   Using flower presses we will preserve flowers and leaves
June 17th - Book 3: Brother Eagle, Sister Sky Illustrated by Susan Jeffers and Published by Penguin Group (USA):

The words of Brother Eagle, Sister Sky were derived from the sentiments expressed by Chief Seattle, a chief of the Suquamish and the Duwamish tribes of Native Americans. Chief Seattle lived from about 1790 to 1866 in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. These words capture the central belief of many Native Americans and others: that people should respect the Earth and all creatures on it.

Although there is question as the historical accuracy of the speech adapted by Susan Jeffers in Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, the poetic text and powerful message coupled with rich and engaging illustrations make this book an especially effective tool in teaching students about their connection to the natural world. In this section, students will also learn about the Eastern Woodland American Indians, who were first to collect tree sap for syrup making, and the Lanape Indians use of blueberries. We will be doing an art activity called pollution doesnt stay where you put it, remove the flowers and leaves from the flower presses to make bookmarks, and end with a tour of the Railway Garden.

June 24th - Book 4: The Gardener written by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small and published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

After Lydia Graces father loses his job during the Great Depression, she goes to live with her Uncle Jim, a dour but kind baker in the city. Although the surroundings in her new home are dreary, the irrepressible Lydia brings her love for gardening with her and uses her green thumb to transform her surroundings with colorful flowers. This story demonstrates the impact that even one small individual can make in the lives around her. We will be making a monochromatic, analogous and complementary color wheel to paint a picture of the garden and plant seeds in flower pots we make.

July 1st - Book 5: Tops and Bottoms written and illustrated by Janet Stevens and published by Harcourt Childrens Books

Poor but hard-working and resourceful Hare strikes a clever deal with rich but lazy Bear in this updated version of an old slave story. Hare convinces Bear to split their crops into tops, bottoms and middles; once the choice is made, Hare plants accordingly. When Bear chooses tops, Hare plants root crops; the next time he chooses bottoms, and Hare plants corn. This book is an old-fashioned trickster tale of using your wits to overcome hardship. We will be using vegetables to determine which parts of plants we eat and participants will be able to take home seedlings from last week.

July 8th Book 6: Weslandia written by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Keven Hawkes and published by Candlewick Press

An outcast in his cookie-cutter suburban neighborhood, nonconformist Wesley creates a new civilization in his backyard. He discovers a new staple crop  the swist  and builds Weslandia around it, using his vast imagination. Wesley invents a new language, games, foods, clothes, a counting system and many other innovations to create his own unique paradise and ultimately triumph over his foes. We will be making butterfly seed cards and engage in an insect mouth parts activity called how insects eat.   Then we will view the Monarch Way Station and investigate monarch life cycles.


Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest (View)
450 W 100 N
Valparaiso, IN 46385
United States


Education > Classes

Minimum Age: 810


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