Admission to Lifelong Learning classes and workshops include admission to Naples Botanical Garden on that particular day.

Exploring the Birds of the Garden: A Guided Walking Tour

Instructor: Bill Overton

Class Description: Do the birds catch your eye just as much as the plants at Naples Botanical Garden? Expert birder Bill Overton will lead you on a 2.5 hour informal birding “walk and talk”. Don’t forget your binoculars and bird field guide. Classes are held monthly from November through April. Register for as many classes as desired there is always something new to see!

Date/Time: November 22, December 20, January 17, February 28, March 21, and April 18 / 7:30 - 10 am

Location: From Berger Entry Pavilion to the White Birding Tower

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members per class

Watercolor Pencil Workshop: Botany through Art

Instructor: Elizabeth Smith

Class Description: In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the media of watercolor pencils in the context of a nature journal, a combination of sketches and text. Drawing skills are helpful but not required. Our goal is to experience the process, and to broaden our connections to the natural world. A starter kit will be available for purchase, or students may bring their favorite portable materials.

Date/Time: December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 / 9 am - 12 pm

Location: Class will meet in Kapnick Center 124 and then move to the Garden

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members per class, the starter kit is sold separate on the day of the class ($40) paid by cash or check.

Exploring the Beauty of a Coastal Scrub: A Tour of the Smith Uplands Preserve

Instructor: Chad Washburn, Director of Conservation & Education at NBG

Class Description: Join Chad for this special look at the hidden treasures of the Smith Uplands Preserve. The Preserve is one of the few remaining coastal scrub habitats left in Naples and it is right in your backyard. Find out what makes this habitat so special and meet the plants and animals that call the area home. Please be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, and wear a hat and sunscreen if desired.

Date/Time: December 13, 2014 / 9 - 10 am

Location: Class will meet at the Berger Pavilion and then tour the Smith Upland Preserve

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

Advanced Photography in the Garden

Instructor: Dennis Goodman

Class Description: Calling seasoned photographers! Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to join Naples wildlife and nature photographer Dennis Goodman for a hands-on workshop. The class will focus on water lilies, butterflies and various plants that may be in bloom in the Garden. Dennis will share a brief presentation with all participants on tips, tricks, and techniques on camera settings, composition, bracketing, backgrounds, and lighting. Then the class will go out into the Garden and put these recommendations to work. Please bring your own DSLR camera, tripod, shutter release, and variety of lenses for different subjects.

Date/Time: January 8 and 29, 2015 / 8 - 10 am

Location: Class meets in the Berger Pavilion and finishes in Kapnick Center 123 or 124 if time allows

Cost: $95 Members / $105 Non-Members for both January classes

Journaling for Joy and Rejuvenation

Instructor: Jane Eberly

Class Description: “Under the palms, she put pen to paper and wandered through her mind, discovering wonderful bits of herself,” Jane Eberly. Find joy, insight, and energy in this informal journaling group. No talent required! Come to either – or both – workshops. The journaling activities will spark your memories, startle your thinking, and brighten your day. We’ll meet in Kapnick Center 124 for a bit of discussion about journaling, then spend time writing, and finally reconvene to talk about our experiences and – on a voluntary basis – share our work. Sometimes we will write at tables and sometimes in our laps. Bring writing materials -- a notebook with a hard cover or paper and a hard surface. Expect to surprise yourself!

Date/Time: January 8 and 15 / 10:30 - 12 pm

Location: Class will meet in Kapnick Center 124 then will move to the gardens

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members per class

Bromeliad: Biology and Care for the Home Garden

Instructor: Dennis Cathcart

Class Description: Are you in awe of the stunning diversity of bromeliads at Naples Botanical Garden and yearn to incorporate them into your own garden? A great way to start is to learn the basics from bromeliad expert Dennis Cathcart, who will explain bromeliad biology and preferred growing conditions. Dennis will also demonstrate how to assemble a bromeliad container garden so you can learn how to display these intriguing and hardy plants at home. The class also includes a take home bromeliad from the Naples Botanical Garden.

Date / Time: January 9, 2015 / 10 am - 12 pm

Location: Kapnick Center 124

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members (includes a bromeliad from the Garden's collection to take home!)

Vermiculture Workshop: All About Worms

Instructor: Rachael Singletary

Class Description: This class will start with an introduction lecture on earthworm’s value to our environment. Then it will discuss how to attract native worms to your garden though different planting and composting methods. And will finish with a demonstration on how to prepare a worm bin to create a valuable fertilizer and soil additive to incorporate into your garden. Each participant will have the opportunity to make their own worm bin to take home, but will need to sign-up for worm bin materials when registering for the class and will pay for the materials on the day of the class by cash or check.

Date/Time: January 24, 2015 / 10 am - 12 pm

Location: Kapnick Center 124

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non- Members

Advanced Photography in the Garden

Instructor: Dennis Goodman

Class Description: Calling seasoned photographers! Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to join Naples wildlife and nature photographer Dennis Goodman for a hands-on workshop. The class will focus on water lilies, butterflies and various plants that may be in bloom in the Garden. Dennis will share a brief presentation with all participants on tips, tricks, and techniques on camera settings, composition, bracketing, backgrounds, and lighting. Then the class will go out into the Garden and put these recommendations to work. Please bring your own DSLR camera, tripod, shutter release, and variety of lenses for different subjects.

Date/Time: February 4 and 18, 2015 / 8 - 10 am

Location: Class meets in the Berger Pavilion and finishes in Kapnick Center 123 or 124 if time allows

Cost: $95 Members / $105 Non-Members for both February classes

Registration:

To register for any of these classes, please call 239.325.1366 or email agrace@naplesgarden.org . You may also fill out the registration form below and mail it in or hand deliver to

Naples Botanical Garden
Attn: Lifelong Learning
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples FL, 34112.

Please note that certain classes fill up quickly and we will accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.

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Admission to Lifelong Learning classes and workshops include admission to Naples Botanical Garden on that particular day.

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