Acorns & Oaks

Acorns & Oaks is a unique, homegrown, parent-child educational program that is rooted in whole-child philosophy & developmental play, set in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum!  

Designed to provide outdoor, nature-based learning experiences for babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 5, the goal is to help our little acorns grow into mighty oaks!  Acorns & Oaks fosters parent and child bonding through tactile play with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration. The program provides little ones with a natural environment in which to practice and further develop all growing abilities, particularly gross/fine motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. It also offers parents and caregivers the much-needed time to socialize and relax in a beautiful setting. 

The program is mixed-age for a “family learning” style, and siblings are warmly encouraged. All domains of development are nourished through intentional teaching and hands-on learning. A simple curriculum, group singing, & nurturing tactile play offer the perfect growth experience. Sessions offer direct contact with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration.

Acorns & Oaks is led by Betsy Edelberg, founder of Playgroup Los Angeles. Acorns & Oaks is mixed age for a family learning style, and siblings are welcome. Questions? Please contact Brooke Applegate at 626.821.5897 or


Participant cancellations made up to two weeks in advance of session start dates will qualify for a full refund. The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the class non-viable. If the Arboretum cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. In the event any weeks are required to close due to public health concerns or mandates, refunds will be provided for the canceled dates.


All participants (adult and child) need to purchase a ticket for this program.