HF&G Classes

Holden Forests & Gardens now offers its popular on-site classes virtually. The class schedule is below.

Nature is our greatest teacher; every plant, tree and flower. HF&G classes take cues from the natural world around us and encourages participants to take a moment to get to know some of the pollinators, native plants, songbirds and wild mushrooms you can find locally and even in your own backyard!

Holden Forests and Gardens is looking for instructors, contact us if you are interested in becoming an Adult Education Instructor.



A Peek Inside the Hive 

Trent Balduff, Founder of T’s Bees

40 minute, pre-recorded program

$10 per download

In this pre-recorded program, join Trent Balduff, Founder of T’s Bees for a bee-ginners guide to understanding beekeeping. Balduff shows viewers the tools of the beekeeping trade and then takes you up close and personal for a look inside his hive. While there, Balduff dives into the various components of his hive, introduces you to his bees and describes the complex relationships and their hierarchy, and discusses common threats to bees that can occur within a hive. Lastly, learn about the importance of protecting bees and what you can do to help save our local bee populations.

This is an approximately 40-minute, pre-recorded program and includes contact information for the instructor, should you have any questions about the content.


Virtual Tree Talk-Lakeview Cemetery 

Presenter: Margeaux Apple, Holden Forests and Garden Plant Recorder 

40 minute, Pre-Recorded Video 

$5 per person 

In our first virtual Tree Talk, join Margeaux Apple, Plant Recorder, in Lake View Cemetery where she provides an in-depth exploration of  four commonly found native and nonnative trees. In this virtual tour, participants will learn how to identify red and white oaks, ginkgos, and white pine and hear some significant cultural and historical stories about these trees that add a layer of charisma to their presence. 

This is an approximately 40-minute, pre-recorded program and includes contact information for the instructor, should you have any questions about the content, as well as a map of where to find the trees showcased in this program. 

Access to this recording is provided via a password protected link after purchase and can be found in your program’s confirmation letter. 

Children’s Storytime  

Session I: 11:15 AM -12:30 PM 

Session II: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM  

$5 per member participant, $20 per nonmember participant (includes admission)

Join us for a socially distanced, small group program where participants will stroll through much of the Garden’s campus making stops along the way to progress through a full story. Each walk lasts approximately 40 minutes and is stroller accessible.  After most stories, participants will each be stationed at their own picnic table to complete a craft or activity aligned with the theme of the story. Each week features a different theme. This event is weather permitting. Each session is limited to 9 participants,including caregivers. You must register EVERYONE who will be attending. 


Tuesday, October 6: Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown. Color your own sunflower seed packet filled with sunflower seeds​ and create a seed tape to take home for next year.



Tuesday, October 13: In the Trees, Honey Bees by Lori Mortensen. ​After we learn about colony bee pollinators, create a mason bee home of your own to offer a resting place for these lesser-known pollinators in your own backyard. Each participant will also receive a small jar of honey from our very own Hershey Children’s Garden beehive. 


If you are unable to make the program, the storybook pages will remain displayed throughout the garden on Tuesdays for you and your family to enjoy and read through during your visit.  

Summer to Fall Container Arrangements

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Instructor: Rob Dzurec, Horticulturist

Live, virtual class

$10 members, $25 non-members

Design considerations for summer planter arrangements can provide easy transitions to a fall display. In this virtual class, we will look at plants that work in summer arrangements but can serve as anchors for a fall display. Basic planter arrangement will be discussed with a focus on selecting plants that will provide two seasons or more of impact.

Holden Halloween House Parties

Fridays & Saturdays in October

Instructor: Tom Masaveg, Environmental Educator


Halloween is likely going to look a bit different this year. Let us help your kids celebrate this favorite holiday through a series of educational, interactive, virtual programs that will inspire a curiosity in the world of plants through Spooktacular activities, adventures and games.  

Holden Halloween at home is a variety of five, one-hour youth or family programs that offer your children an exciting new approach to tricks and treats! Celebrate the month of October and the fascinating roles that plants play amid all things magikal, mysterious and fantastical! By signing up for a program, you’re admitted to join an online costume theme party that comes with a kit full of tricky activities and fun treats. You’ll also have access to an augmented reality mask and original games that will make participating in our streaming program even more fun! Each session is limited to 15 participants. More information about Activity Pack pick-up will be provided after registration. 



Pumpkins and Patches 

Friday, October 9 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 10 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 3-6 years old with adult assistance 

$15 per member child, $30 per nonmember child 

A family program where guardians and children build dancing scarecrows as well as decorate their own real, mini jack-o-lanterns! Enjoy these projects as a group while listening to happy Halloween stories and songs. Be sure to visit our Hershey Children’s Garden’s Pumpkin Patch to snap a picture with your favorite scarecrow 



Zombie Plants 

Friday, October 16 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 17 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 7-10 

$20 per member child, $35 per nonmember child 

A virtual escape room adventure and activity exploring plants that seem to come back from the dead! Then, adopt two types of zombie plants of your own in our activity kits. Participants are encouraged to join us in costume or enjoy the augmented reality masks that we’ll be providing. After your program, add a surprise element from your activity kit to our Hershey Children’s Garden Grassy Knoll Graveyard.



Magikal Plants

Friday, October 23 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 24 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 7-10 

$20 per member child, $35 per nonmember child 

Collect clues scattered across time and space to solve a magikal mystery tangled in the secrets of plants. Work together to solve a mystery by playing games and solving puzzles. Then, learn how to make two types of  magik wands with herbs and items from your activity kit! Participants are encouraged to join us in costume and experiment with cool augmented reality camera effects. Visit our very own  apothecary shop in the Hershey Children’s Garden to see how we are using the Garden’s plants for magik 



Magikal Plants Jr. 

Friday, October 30 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Saturday, October 31 | 3:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM

Recommended Ages: 3-6 years old with adult assistance 

$15 per member child, $30 per nonmember child 

A magical mystery costume tea party with enchanted tricks and treats accompanied by an interactive story about magic beans. Help find hidden pictures in a virtual scavenger hunt that will teach us why beans are magikal. Then, we’ll decorate tea sets as pots for growing special beans that display secret messages when they grow! Participants are encouraged to join us in costume or play with the augmented reality masks that we provide. Visit our very own apothecary shop in the Hershey Children’s Garden to see how we are using the Garden’s plants for magik. 


Acrylic Painting in the Gardens: Full Day Workshop 

Sunday, October 11 (Rain Date Sunday, October, 18) | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Instructor: Susan Danko

$125 per member, $145 per non-member 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of fall at the Botanical Gardens in this day-long, primarily outdoor, acrylic painting workshop. Your day will begin with a demonstration of acrylic painting materials and methods to inspire your creativity and get you started. The remainder of your day will be spent outdoors painting what you choose in the Gardens.  Individual instruction and guidance will be provided throughout the day. 
All levels of experience and ages are welcome and all class materials will be supplied. Social distancing measures will be observed during this program and masks are required. Guests are permitted to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch from a limited menu in our cafe, which opens at Noon. Workshop is limited to 9 participants. Registration deadline is Oct. 5. 

After the purchase process is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. If it is a virtual class, the email will contain a link to the desired class video or login information for Zoom. Please contact drose@holdenfg.org with questions.