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Homeschool Series - Conifers and Cones
Feb 14, 2013
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Conifers and Cones:
Do all conifers keep their needles throughout the winter time? Why is conifer sap so sticky? What is the tallest species of conifer in Connecticut? Why are there so many different shapes and sizes of cones? Participants will meet a variety of coniferous species growing on the Arboretum’s property and take a closer look at different types of needles under microscopes. We will also learn how to measure trees from the ground and look for the tallest conifer at the Arboretum.

The winter homeschool series will be a six week series that will meet on Thursdays in January, February and March from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Ages 5-11 are welcome to attend. Parents can stay for the program or drop off their children for the hour. Each class will consist of indoor and outdoor time; parents should plan for their children to spend some time outside in winter weather and should dress appropriately.

Series Dates and Topics:
1/24/13 -Rain Forest Ecology
1/31/13 - Desert Ecology
2/7/13 - Science of Snow/Water Cycle
2/14/13 - Conifers and Cones
2/28/13 - Skunk Cabbage and Wetland Ecology
3/7/13 - Signs of Spring
Botanical Opera
Feb 14, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Botanical Opera features five of the greatest operas in the repertory: Puccini’s La Boehme; Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera; Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier; Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte; and Wagner’s Gotterdamerung. There are fascinating botanical references in each of these works. We will consider, via DVD, one aria or excerpt from each of the operas.

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