Metro Parks Tacoma

Conservatory Events

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SPECIAL EVENTS
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DIG IT: A PREHISTORIC PLANT EXHIBIT
June 17-August 11, 2019
During the exhibit you can also enjoy some self-led activities including a photo booth, prehistoric plant scavenger hunt and mini dino scavenger hunt.

DIG FUN FRIDAYS!
June 21, July 5, 19, 27, August 2

10 am-1 pm / $3 suggested donation
Drop in dino activities.

LECTURE ON THE LAWN WITH THE SLATER MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: Leaves of Change
June 27

6-7 pm / $3 suggested donation
10 am-1 pm / $3 suggested donation
Reading the Fossil Record the Earth has been around for a very ling time, and it has undergone quite a bit of change since its formation. Fossils offer insight into what many past organisms looked like and how they lived. By examining fossilized plants, we can learn more about the conditions that those life forms were living in. In this lesson in paleobotany, visitors will go back in time 110 million years and see how the climate of Washington State has changed since the Cretaceous Period!
Join conservatory staff after the lecture for a fossil fun hands on activity.

VISIT WITH THE BURKE MUSEUM
July 20, 2019

10 am-1 pm / $3 suggested donation
Get up close and personal with specimens, objects and artifacts that represent different areas of the Burke Museum's collections. Interpreted by Burke educators, these interactive exhibits encourage object-based, hands-on learning.

NEW! 2019 YOGA & MEDITATION

conservatory relax and renew

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SOUND BATHS & BLOOMS with Sara Corbishley
Last Session: June 17 / 6-7 pm
$20.00
Everything is energy. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. - Albert Einstein
Sound has been used for as long as humans have existed to bring about a state of Balance, Harmony and Holistic Equilibrium. Find a comfortable form, set an intention, bathe in sound and light, entrain with sonic frequencies and soak up the beauty of the flowers and plants that surround you. Limited space, reservation required.

BLOOM WITH YOGA & MEDITATION
Saturdays from 9-10 am
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 13, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

$15.00 suggested donation
Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leafy plants have been linked to enhanced creative thinking and a boost in happiness. Enjoy a moderately paced yoga class with a focus on conscious breathing and healthy alignment while gaining strength, flexibility and focus. Limited space, registration required.

 2019 MONTHLY EVENTS
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STRENGTH & STRETCH
Wednesdays at 4 pm / $3 suggested donation
Combine fun with fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance with a circuit workout among the trees of beautiful Wright Park. Meet at the Conservatory and meander through the trails in Wright Park while engaging in upper- and lower-body strengthening exercises, using exercise equipment (provided) and found objects, which are alternated with low-impact aerobic activities. This program is let by Adrienne Ione, who was just voted National Trainer of the Month. Adrienne gears all of her programs for community members who are 60 and older. To read more about Adrienne:
http://yes2aging.com/index.html
https://fit-pro.com/article-4501-Raising-the-Bar-Adrienne-Ione.html

Johnaye Kendrick

SECOND SUNDAY MUSIC
1-2:30 pm / $3 suggested donation
Local musicians add harmonious ambiance to the Conservatory during this concert series. The soaring glass architecture provides resonant acoustics for instruments and vocals of all kinds. Musical performances range from classical to folk. $3 suggested donation.
May 12 - Jessa Campbell
• June 9 - Clover Creek Ramblers
• July 14 - Kareem Kandi - Jazz
• August 11 - Cara Francis - Jazz Vocalist
• September 8 - Joe Contris
• October 13 - TBD
• November 10 - Castletown
• December 8 - TBD
(Contact tyras@tacomaparks.com if you are interested in performing on a future date.)

landmark conservatory storytime

Kids enjoy crafts at the Conservatory's Storytelling event.


 

CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR
11 am-noon / $3 suggested donation
Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the beautiful flowers for monthly storytelling along with a short hands-on art and science projects.
Wednesdays:
May 8 - Book: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith / Science: Planting Gardens / Art: Green Design
June 19 - Book: Redwoods by Jason Chin / Science: Paleobotany / Art: Gingko Leaf Design
June 26 - Book: How the Dinosaur got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland / Science: Fossils / Art: Fossil Rubbing
July 3 - Book: The Barenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone by Stan & Jan Barenstain / Science: Dinosaur Bones / Art: Q-tip Dinosaur Skeleton
July 10 - Book: Dining with Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching by Hannah Bonner / Science: Prehistoric Plants / Art: Sponge Painting
July 17 - Book: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith / Social Theme: Manners and Etiquette / Art: Thank You Notes
July 24 - Book: How to Grow a Dinosaur by Jill Esbaum / Science: Natural History Museums / Art: Handosaurus
October 9 - Book: Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White / Science: The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons / Art: Pumpkin Bookmark
November 13 - Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert / Science: Corn is Maize by Aliki / Art: Paper Mosaic
December 11 - Book: The Little Fir Trees by Margaret Wise Brown / Science: Evergreens / Art: Evergreen Bouquet
2020
February 12 - Book: Bears and Blossoms by Shirley Parenteau / Science: The Reason For a Flower / Art: Cherry Blossom Picture
March 11 - Book: Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall / Science: Clouds / Art: Cloud Pictures
April 8 - Book: It's Not a Daffodil by Elizabeth Honey / Science: From Bulb to Daffodil / Art: Daffodil Pictures
May 13 - Book: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney / Science: Wildflowers / Art: Sponge Painted With Lupine Pictures

2019 SPECIAL EVENTS
October Floral Display in Seymour Conservatory

HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Pumpkin Patch - October 15-November 3
Halloween Hurrah! - October 31
• 4-7 pm


 

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HOLIDAY EVENTS
Santa Visit - December 7
• 10 am-3 pm
Enjoy the much anticipated visit from Santa and his reindeer friends and memorialize the holidays with a professional photograph. Reindeer will be on the front lawn of the Conservatory from 10 am-1 pm while pictures with Santa will be inside the tropical warmth of the Conservatory. $3 suggested donation
Victorian Holiday - December 14 • 10 am-3 pm
Enjoy live music, crafts and delightful refreshments at this annual holiday festival. $3 suggested donation
Holiday Sing-Along & Cocoa - Date TBD • 6-8 pm
Enjoy an evening of hot cocoa, cookies and singing holiday favorites with friends and family. $3 suggested donation

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 MASTER GARDENER CLINICS
May Floral Display in Seymour Conservatory Saturdays Feb. 2 through May 25, 2019
12:30-3:30 pm
Stop by to ask a Master Gardener about your perplexing plant problems. We can assist with plant identification and also diagnoses of pests and common diseases. Please bring very detailed photos of your plant concerns.
Washington State University Extension
 

 

GARDEN SALES DISCONTINUED IN 2014
Conservatory and greenhouse staff and resources will be focusing on Metro Parks' core mission, enhanced interpretive programs and botanical displays at the Conservatory and floral displays in Point Defiance, Wapato and Titlow Parks. Specialty plants will continue to be available in the Conservatory gift shop, where members enjoy a 10% discount on every purchase.

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