Join us every Wednesday Afternoon at the picnic areas near the playground for our Little Lizards Program. This drop-in, informal program will feature new activities every week relating to a monthly theme. Lizards will read, explore, create, and imagine while learning about the wonders of nature. No prior registration necessary. Weather permitting.
Date: Wednesday Afternoons
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price: Free with $5 Park Admission
Ages: 3 to 10
October: Butterflies - There is much to learn about these flying jewels! Did you know that female butterflies can lay up to 100 eggs? That’s a lot of baby caterpillars! In October we will learn about the butterfly lifecycle, look for caterpillars in the garden and learn of ways to help these beautiful pollinators.
November: Garden Edibles/Harvest - The fall is the perfect time to learn about edible gardening in Florida. Join us in November as we start planting veggie beds for the season. Take home your very own vegetable seedling and taste what we have growing in the garden after learning about the plant parts we love to eat!
December: Trees - They are all around us, but do we really know what makes trees so important to our planet? December is the month to learn all about these gracious giants! Some of the trees in Pinecrest Gardens are over 100 years old, and some over 80 feet tall! Hang a wish on our wishing tree and take home a seedling, and much more.
January: Florida is Nature - South Florida is home to many sub –tropical species. Learn what makes our state so unique, and be a part of our garden wide Florida is Nature participatory art project. The month we will draw, photograph, and become Florida Naturalists.
February: Seeds - Seeds come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some seeds are as small as a speck of dust, and others are as big as a basketball. Join us in February as we learn how seeds form, travel, and grow.
March: Flowers - Did you know that some flowers are edible, or that some will only bloom at night? Flowers are more than just a pretty face. In March we will become experts on one of nature’s most delightful gifts.
April: Bees - Join us as we learn about the world's most important pollinator! Did you know that some hives have over 40,000 bees living together, or that they are the only animal on Earth able to produce honey? Find out what the buzz is all about this month.
May: Weather – This month we will learn about weather patterns, the sun, and rain cycle. Find out what causes storms, and make a solar oven out of a pizza box! This month is going to be a hot one!
June: Art Naturally - Connect with Nature in the most Creative way! This month we will design our own gardens, learn about the color wheel, and go on an art scavenger hunt, exploring some of our garden’s current exhibitions.
July: Birds- Pollinators, seed spreaders, nest builders, and singing beauties! Learn about our history with birds and their incredible diversity! We will make bird feeders, go bird watching and seek to understand these living dinosaurs.
August: Reptiles - Like birds, reptiles have uniquely adapted to almost every corner of the globe. They crawl, jump, dig, and slither, and in our garden, they are abundant! Reptiles range in size from a tiny 7 millimeters, to up to 50 feet long, and we will discover everything in between.
September: Habitats - A habitat is a home for living things. This month we will explore the many different habitats of planet earth. What makes the habitat of a worm and a fish different and similar? What do a polar bear and a butterfly have in common? Join us this month as we discover about animal homes.