Munk Botanical Gardens’ winter programs are ongoing

Munk Botanical Gardens’ winter programs are ongoing

WAUSAU — The fall semester is coming to an end, but programs are ramping up at Monk Botanical Gardens.

Gnome Monk Botanical Gardens. Image courtesy of Munk Botanical Gardens.

The new lineup of winter programs features indoor and outdoor activities.

Programs, such as Hands-on Plants, Weekend Wonders, and Tots in the Gardens, are returning, while other new programs, such as Babes in the Gardens, Lunch & Learn, and Crafts & Cocoa, are starting soon.

Practical workshops on plants are suitable for those who love plants, crafts or both. It takes place on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm. The remaining seasons include winter wreaths (November 28 and 29), figurines (December 5 and 6), and kissing balls (December 12 and 13).

New this year is that workshops will be held at Hsu Growing Supply in a warm, heated space. Advance registration is required.

The Gardens has a full schedule of lunch and learn sessions planned on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., from December to April. Sit back, relax and enjoy your lunch bag while learning something new about various garden and nature topics from our experienced staff and area experts. A list of topics is available on our website. $15 per person, advance registration required. Twenty percent discount for members.

Collaborate, socialize and connect with people with similar interests during Crafts & Cocoa. Bring a project you’re working on and relax in a yurt with a cup of cocoa for an evening of crafting. These sessions are from 5pm to 7pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month, December and April. $5 per person (cash at door), free for park members.

Babes in the Gardens is a new program for little nature lovers. Children and caregivers are invited to the gardens for a short time or activity. Participants are invited to stay and play or socialize afterward. This program is best for children ages 1 and younger. Siblings are welcome. Join the fun on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., January through April, at the Red Tent. Come too
Ready to spend time outdoors. $3 per child (cash at door), free for park members.

Bring your child ages 3 to 5 to Tots in the Gardens. Each month has a new theme, and each session includes an activity or craft and a story. Children’s courses are held on selected Tuesdays from 10am to 11am until the end of the year (November 28 and December 12), and every Tuesday starting in January. RSVPs are encouraged to ensure adequate supplies. $5 per child (cash at door), free for members and accompanying adults.

Weekend Wonders are hosted on the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. from November to April. Activities are designed for all ages of explorers to do as a family. Everyone is learning more about the plants and animals in our large backyard. $15 per family, advance registration required. Twenty percent discount for members.

You can find a full list of activities at monkgardens.org/visit/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/.

You can find all program details and registration information at Monkgardens.org. Learn more about memberships at monkgardens.org/support/membership. Contact Monk Botanical Gardens with any questions at info@monkgardens.org or 715-261-6309.

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