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Powell Gardens Youth/Scout Options

Powell Gardens has a number of programs established for scouting-type organizations, from guided badge programs, Seed Starter field trip programs, volunteer opportunities, self-guided tours and scavenger hunts. In addition, they have a variety guided field trips as well.

While it appears that Powell Gardens has not yet developed a program specifically for American Heritage Girls, it seems likely that they would be willing to work with a local Troop. Contact the Youth Education Department for more information and scheduling.

Gardening and Plant Science, Insect-a Inspect-a, Nature and Wildlife, and possibly Our Feathered Friends are all candidates for a Powell Gardens outing. Be sure to let us know what you work out!

Water Gardens and Rain Barrels, May 18

Karen Smith, BAS Library Committee Chairperson, will discuss the basics of establishing water gardens and rain barrels in your home landscape for a more eco-friendly garden! (Recommended for ages 10 and up.)

Saturday, May 18, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Burroughs Audubon Nature Center and Bird Sanctuary
Fleming Park/Lake Jacomo
7300 SW West Park Road, Blue Springs, MO

Admission is Free
For more information, visit the Nature Center website

Kids’ Club 2013 Kickoff at Powell Gardens, April 13

Powell Gardens’ Kids’ Club hosts fun activities for children 5-12 spring through the fall. Monthly programs will feature guided walks and behind-the-scenes tours with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the plants and bugs that inhabit the Gardens’ natural world.

The Kids’ Club will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday from April through October. Parents must accompany children ages 7 and under. New Kids’ Club members will receive a T-shirt. All members receive a great program, a kid’s e-newsletter and discounts in the gift shop on meeting days.

April 13: Buzz about Bees
Join our special guest, the Midwestern Bee Keepers group, for a special program on one of our favortie insects, the Honey Bee! Learn about bees and how important they are in the garden. Plus you’ll get a chance to taste some local honey.

May 11: Wild Edibles Hike
Back by popular demand! Join us for a guided hike on the Byron Shutz Nature Trail. We will look for native wild edibles and talk about their uses.

June 8: Nature Connects
Take a guided walk through the Nature Connects exhibit.

July 13: Staying Cool
July is hot so we are going to staying cool with an ice cream social. We will pick fresh berries from the garden and use them to top our ‘baggie’ ice cream. Come prepared to play in the fountain too!

August 10: Butterfly Express
Take advantage of your exclusive club membership with VIP treatment during the Festival of Butterflies. Show your club card and get an express pass into the Butterfly Conservatory and get a special tour of the butterflies.

September 14: Insect-o-mania
September is a great month to study and collect insects. We will learn about these incredible animals and the head into the gardens to catch some!

October 5: Fall for Color
This one will be the FIRST Saturday in October.
Plants and animals alike are preparing for winter. We will take a look at how plants prepare for the winter months. Plus, we will make a colorful fall craft to take home.

$70/year for non-Members,
$35/year for Members


In Living Color: A Conservatory Exhibit, Jan. 12 – Mar. 10

RanunculusHave a craving for brighter colors? Satisfy it with a visit to Powell Gardens! The horticulture team has brought out the most vibrant cool-season blooms to create a spectacular conservatory exhibit. You will see ranunculus, dianthus, forsythia and other favorites in every color of the rainbow! The exhibit is open through March 10.

Winter Garden admission: $7/adults, $6/seniors, $3/children ages 5-12, FREE for children under 5

Powell Gardens
1609 NW U.S. Highway 50
Kingsville, MO

Website http://www.powellgardens.org

This outing is a way to address Gardening & Plant Science, naturally, but the garden designs are also applicable to Artastic and History’s Canvas.

Nature’s Notebook Observation Program

It took a bit to decide how to describe this site, because it has several interesting features.

Nature’s Notebook is collecting data on when and where plants and animals are observed throughout the country. You can see where sightings have been made, map where species are found, correlate climate data, and explore the timeline of a species’ presence in your area.

Best of all, you can help!

Useful Pages:

There are so many ways you could incorporate this into your Troop programming. Use the visualization tool as part of the Plant Science or Zoology badges. Turn a campout or hike into an observation day (Women Scientists?). Organizing a larger observation effort might make for a good Harriet Tubman, Dolley Madison, or Stars and Stripes project. What other ideas do you have?