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Adult Programs

The Garden provides a variety of opportunities for adults to expand their knowledge of plants and their place in nature. From gardening practices to botanical drawing and a wide range of selections in between, there’s something here for everyone! Let’s get growin’!

Huntsville Botanical Garden now offers Artists of North Alabama & South Central Tennessee an opportunity to attend classes focused on  Botanical Illustration!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Photography 201-Going from Snap-shots to Great Shots

Six Week Series:
January 4,11,18,25 & February 1, 8
6:00-8:00 pm
Murray Hall

Taught by local photographer Henry SmithIMG_7058
Henry is a retired Mechanical and Nuclear Engineer who has been seriously interested in photography for over 50 years. He is a Master Photographer in the Huntsville Photography Society, and has taught photography at UAH/OLLI, Learning Quest and at the elementary and high school levels

This is a six-week series designed for those who are familiar with using their camera and desire to improve the quality of their photos. Participants should be comfortable adjusting shutter speed and aperture (no phone cameras). The functions of the camera and their impact on the image, photographic composition and different approaches to photography will be discussed. Students are expected to complete and email weekly assignments to the instructor for in-class positive critiques the following week. No equipment is needed in the classroom and no auditing please.

Limited: The class will be limited to 20 students.

Birds & Brews

an afterhours social event benefiting HBG’s Education Department and the International Crane Foundation

Friday, January 26, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm
Carriage House
Purchase Tickets

On Friday, January 26, join local craniacs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., meet members of the Tennessee Valley Audubon Society, and raise a glass to our avian friends while enjoying an evening filled with brews from Old Black Bear brewery in Madison, Domino’s pizza and live music by the PMB band!  Test your avian knowledge with bird trivia and learn a few new facts about the endangered Whooping Crane too!

Ticket price for adults (must be over 21)
Member $20
Non-member $25

Hosted by the Education Department
Contact Soozi Pline
256-830-4447 Ext 252
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The Great Backyard Bird Count Birding Symposium

Four Incredible Presentations by Local Birding Experts!
Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Carriage House
First 30 people to register online will receive a complimentary gift!
Register Here

Live birds, HOPE the life-sized whopping crane puppet, virtual Lewis Birding Trail tour, cutting edge conservation research and much more!

On Saturday, February 17, there will be a special, family friendly, Birding Symposium held in the Guest Center Carriage House featuring four workshops taught by local birding enthusiasts including Herb Lewis, creator of HBG’s Lewis Birding Trail.  The theme this year is iconic BIG birds and will feature great horned owls, whopping cranes, kestrels and red tailed hawks!

9:30-10:30 am Amber Wilson-International Crane Foundation Intern will speak about the Whooping Crane, show the Traveling Crane Trunk and have a table set-up with ICF and WNWR information

Great Photo Opportunity With Special Guest, HOPE, the larger than life Whooping Crane puppet!

10:45-11:45 am  Curt Cearly will speak about the Rise Raptor Project, he’ll bring his great horned owl or red tailed hawk, and he’ll have a table set-up with RISE Raptor Project support material.

Lunch Break

12:30-1:00 pm Soozi Pline, HBG Director of Education, will give a brief overview on the GBBC and how to count birds for HBG (and at home too).

1:15-2:15 pm

1:15-2:15 pm Join Herb Lewis as he takes you on A Birding Adventure, sharing a virtual tour of the Lewis Birding Trail, featuring local and migrating species that frequent feeders and nesting boxes throughout the 112 acre Garden. Thanks to Herb and Terry Lewis’ dedication the Garden is now an eBird Hotspot with 110 species identified!   Weather permitting we will end this program with a guided walk along the Lewis Birding Trail!

Free for Garden Members; Garden Admission Required for Non-Members

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Botanical Brewing

March 8, 15, 22, & 29
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Carriage House

Register for March 8
Register for March 15
Register for March 22
Register for March 29

Each class will be taught by a local craft beer brewer!

The Brewers Association defines American craft brewers as “small, independent and traditional”.  Huntsville, Alabama is full of independently-owned commercial breweries that employ traditional brewing methods and emphasize flavor and quality, and we’re fortunate to have a few represented throughout the Botanical Brewing classes.

It’s not just the flavoring of beer that’s botanical, it’s the entire process from plant to alcohol! Learn the science behind your favorite brew as brewmasters walk you through the botany of beer; from wheat to spices to hops.  Not sure of the difference between a Porter, IPA or Belgium Wheat?  We’ve got the answers!
Light refreshments included along with a tasting of unique and different craft beers each week!
Door prizes!  Who doesn’t love a bit of swag from your favorite microbrewery!

Member $25/Non-Member $35
Class appropriate for adults 21 and older

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