Dinosaur World: Build a Jurassic Terrarium

  • March 4, 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Terrariums and miniature succulent gardens are all the rage these days. You can find them in specialty garden centers and local boutiques, but have you ever seen a terrarium with a dinosaur in it?

In this workshop, participants will create a miniature habitat for the famous Stegosaurus. The first Stegosaurus fossil was found right here in Colorado—near Morrison! These Late Jurassic giants roamed across dry scrubland. They battled their dreaded enemy, the Allosaurus, near wooded riverbeds softened with mosses, ferns, horsetails, and cycads. In this class, you will design a whimsical, modern terrarium using plants that resemble those that lived during the time of the Stegosaurus. You will learn about late Jurassic dinosaurs and paleobotany, as well as plant and terrarium care.

This workshop is for playful adults, or for a parent and child planting together. In our fast-paced world, it can be hard to take time to create, especially with a child you love. This workshop offers a fun opportunity to sit side by side and build a one-of-a-kind miniature world for your dinosaur. Not only does this workshop give you a chance to design a beautiful terrarium, it also promises hours of imaginative play to come!

Materials to Bring:

  • A miniature Stegosaurus. For this project, you must bring the MINI size, i.e. 2.6 x 1.4 inches. (Schleich makes a detailed mini Stegosaurus that is the perfect tiny size for our terrarium project!)
  • Sticks, shiny rocks or minerals, sea glass, shells, bark, seedpods, or any other objects to personalize your terrarium.

Materials Provided by Instructor:

  • Planting tools & materials, including sand, pebbles, and charcoal
  • Glass cylinder container (most likely 4 inches x 8 inches)
  • Plants

    photo credit: Kate Rentz

Instructor Christine Bayles Kortsch, Ph.D. is a homebody with a gypsy soul. She is the author of Dress Culture in Late Victorian Women’s Fiction, as well as essays on backyard chickens and wilderness camping. You may have read her essay on backyard chickens in 5280 Magazine last summer! Christine teaches her Ink & Stem workshops (classes that combine succulent design and creative writing) at the Makerie, the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, the Farmette, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and Two Hands Paperie. She also teaches literature and writing at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and the University of Baltimore. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for gathering people together and inspiring them to chase the beauty and goodness in their everyday lives. Read more about Christine at cbkortsch.com.

No experience necessary.  This is a Parent Child workshop, which means that your child (ages 7-12) may attend with you for a reduced registration fee (you will share the same terrarium).  Please bring a mini Stegosaurus and any sticks, shiny rocks or minerals, sea glass, shells, bark, seedpods, or other objects to personalize your terrarium.

For participants ages 7 and older, minimum of 4 adult participants, maximum of 20.

Saturday, March 4th, 2-4pm



1650 Yellow Pine Avenue, Boulder, Colorado, 80304

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