Boyce Park Nature Center 

WINTER SEASON (January - March)

Winter programs/activities scheduled as weather & conditions permitting! 

DATES 

2014 EVENTS 

PARKS 

APPROPRIATE
AGES
 

1/4 - 3/8   Winter Natural History Tours/Walks - Tours of the Natural History Museums, Boyce Park/Harrison Hills Park and interpretive hikes on the parks trails.
(WO - Historical Home / Health & Wellness)
 
BP DL HH
HW WO 
 
All Ages  
1/10 - 10/10  Native American Stories & Wildlife Activities - Unique tales connecting Environmental/Historical Projects.  BP HH+  All Ages 
1/10 - 2/28 Horticultural/Arts Therapy (Greenhouse) - Therapeutic activities with nature and botanical topics. BP WO All Ages
1/11 - 2/8  Natural Art - Share your "calming" talents drawing and painting nature subjects.  BP HH WO  All Ages 
1/11 - 2/15 Winter Additions - Making "edible" ornaments and placing them along the nature trails to help active wildlife. BP HH
WO
All Ages
1/18 - 3/14  Signing & Stories - Environmental tales told, read with the practice of nature "sign language."  BP HH
WO
 
All Ages 
2/8 - 2/22  Mini-Maple Steps - School groups ONLY. Maple sugaring "beginnings" explained in an outdoor setting.  BP DL
HH HW
 
All Ages 
3/15  Maple Sugaring Festival! - Pre-register groups 4-H, clubs, scouts, special organizations; individuals and families.
During the month of the Maple Moon, sample the sweetness of the maple season. Learn the history & lore (pioneer/Native American) of the maple sugaring process. Experience first hand how to identify maple trees, tap,  collect sap & sample various forms of syrup.
BP
 
All Ages
3/21 - 4/11  Horticultural Series: Seeding (Greenhouse) - Learn seed planting techniques concerning annuals, perennials, herbs, grasses and veggies, too.

BP WO** HH+

All Ages

HH+ = Outdoor Classroom
WO** = Health & Wellness Center    

SPRING SEASON (April - June)

 

DATES 

2014 EVENTS 

PARKS 

APPROPRIATE
AGES
 

4/5 - 6/4  Signing & Stories - Environmental stories read, told and shared along with "sign language" practice!  Also, special activities. BP DL HH+ HW WO  All Ages  
4/11 - 6/20  Spring Natural History Tours/Walks - Guided tours of the Natural History Museums, Boyce Park/Harrison Hills Park with interpretive walks on the nature/hiking trails.  BP DL
HH HW WO
 
All Ages 
4/11 - 6/27  Horticultural/Art Therapy (Greenhouse) - Nature/Botanical activities with mentally and physically challenged individuals. (Art Therapy available at both parks)  BP WO**
 
 
All Ages 
4/12 - 6/14  Senses Awakened - Observing nature "close-up" with the use of your special senses!  BP DL HH+ HW WO  All Ages 
4/12 - 5/10  Arbor Days - Tree planting techniques, identification, uses, history and lore at various parks! (shrub, tree share)  BP DL HH HW NPMI WO   All Ages 
4/22 - 4/26  Earth Activities - Awareness projects concerning our natural world! (shrub, tree share)  BP DL HH HW NPMI++ WO  All Ages 
4/26 - 6/14  Horticultural Series: Transplanting (Greenhouse) - Practice transplanting techniques with various organic grown plants  BP WO** HH+  All Ages 
5/2 - 10/24   Nature FairyGardens (Greenhouse) - Imaginative, small special places  BP HH+ 
WO** HW
 

All Ages 

5/9 - 10/18   Wetlands - Explore park ponds, streams, lakes and discover fascinating plant, animal and insect life activities. Also, Boyce Park's "special mine" pools. BP HH DL WO  All Ages 
5/16 - 5/23  Journal Memories - Creating an "easy-to-make" recording of your nature observations! BP DL HH+ HW WO  
5/16 - 9/27  Wings - Butterflies, birds, bats, bees & other "flying" species' lifestyles studied. 

BP DL HH+
HW WO
 

All Ages 
5/16 - 10/17  Environmental Children's Gardening (Greenhouse) - Creating amazing never ending niches.  BP HH+  All Ages 
5/20 - 10/15  Insectory Meadow - Create a natural habitat for predators, parasites & important pollinators, the helpful bugs.  BP HH
NPMI++
 
All Ages 
5/23 - 8/15  Beyond Borders (Greenhouse) - Transporting organic-grown container plants to various garden/habitat sites for planting! (shrub, tree share)  BP HW
WO HH NPMI++
 
All Ages 
5/28 - 10/8  Natural Companions - Try a different approach to planting a garden with unique, organic harvests of several plant species, healthy inhabitants & historical techniques to learn & share.  BP HH  All Ages 
5/30 - 10/30  Storybook Gardening - A unique way to express your inspirational tales through detailed garden designs.  BP HW HH  All Ages 
5/31 - 10/24  Beneficial Corner/Salad Site - Plans for a welcoming, diverse plant garden alive with birds, special insects & some tastes for you too.  BP HH  All Ages 
6/4 - 10/22  Rain Gardens - Help native plants grow & attract wildlife by utilizing extra water from storms & run-off.  BP HH  All Ages 
6/6 - 6/20  Botanical Recipes - Learning how to identify and prepare wild edible and garden plants!  BP DL HH
HW WO
 
All Ages 
6/6 - 9/12  Kitchen Gardens (Greenhouse) - Utilizing resourceful style botanicals.  BP HH+ WO**  All Ages 

HH+ = Outdoor Classroom
WO** = Health & Wellness Center 
NPMI++ = Special planting projects with shrub, tree, plant, or seed share
 

SUMMER SEASON (July - September)

 

DATES 

2014 EVENTS 

PARKS 

APPROPRIATE
AGES
 

7/5 - 9/17  Horticultural Series: Containers (Greenhouse) - Help transfer container plants to their new growing habitats attracting bees (pollinators) and other living visitors.  BP WO** HH  All Ages 
7/10 - 9/20  Horticultural/Art Therapy (Greenhouse) - Therapeutic activities with nature and botanical topics.   BP WO**  All Ages 
7/11 - 7/25  Old-Thyme Herbs - History, lore and uses of unique herbal plant species.  BP HW
HH+ WO**
 
All Ages 
7/11 - 8/22  Small & Mighty - Observing our parks' seasonal insects with some hand lens use!  BP DL HH HW WO**  All Ages 
7/12 - 9/20  Signing & Stories - Environmental stories read, told and shared along with "sign language" practice!" Also special "connection" activities.  BP DL HH+ HW WO   All Ages 
7/18 - 9/19  Summer Natural History Walks/Tours - Guided tours of the Natural History Museums, Boyce Park/Harrison Hills Park and interpretive walks on the nature/hiking trails!  BP DL HH HW
WO
 
All Ages 
7/19 - 8/29  "Caution" Botany - Exploration and identification of the parks' poisonous plants!  BP DL HH HW
WO
 
All Ages 
8/1 - 9/5  Healing Treasures - Uses and identification of medicinal plant species!  BP DL HH HW
WO**
 
All Ages 
8/8 - 8/28  Everlasting Flowers/Sketches/Notes/Photos - Observing nature through drawing/photography and pressing/drying flowers!  BP DL HH+ HW WO  All Ages 

HH+ = Outdoor Classroom
WO** = Health & Wellness Center
 

AUTUMN SEASON (October - December)

 

DATES 

2014 EVENTS 

PARKS 

APPROPRIATE
AGES
 

10/2 - 10/23  Colors, Shapes & Textures - Examine unique "changes" with the trees and plants during this special season!  BP DL HH
HW WO
 
All Ages 
10/3 - 11/14  Autumn Natural History Walks/Tours - Guided tours of the Natural History Museums, Boyce Park/Harrison Hills Park with interpretive walks on the nature/hiking trails!   BP DL HH HW
WO
 
All Ages 
10/4 - 11/1  Horticultural/Art Therapy (Greenhouse) - Botanical/Nature activities with mentally and physically challenged individuals.   BP WO**  All Ages 
10/4 - 11/14  Horticultural Series: Collections (Greenhouse) - Learn seed gathering techniques, selections and proper storage from the various gardens. Also, seed packet designs!   BP HW WO**
HH+
 
All Ages 
10/9 - 11/8  Signing and Stories - Environmental stories read, told and shared along with "sign language" practice!  BP HH+
WO
 
All Ages 
10/9 - 11/13  Signs, Tracks & Homes - Study of various park animal habitats and activities!  BP DL HH
HW WO
 
All Ages 
10/10 - 10/24  Wildflower/Wildlife Habitats - Creating a balance of ecosystems for our plant and animal species! (plant, seed share)  BP DL HH HW
NPMI++ WO
 
All Ages 
10/16 - 11/13  Woody Plants - Diverse plantings of trees and shrubs for wildlife and human uses! (shrub, tree share)   BP DL HH HW
NPMI WO
 
All Ages 
11/15  Map & Compass Hunt/Hike - "Easy to follow" map route of park nature trails while practicing the basic use of a compass and following clues to nature treasures!  BP  All Ages 

HH+ = Outdoor Classroom
WO** = Health & Wellness Center 
NPMI++ = Special planting projects with shrub, tree, plant, or seed share 
 

NOTE: Conservation/Community projects (trails, wildlife/habitat plantings) available all four seasons! Programs are for all ages – Tuesday through Saturday – Pre-registration requested at (724) 733-4618.