History Walk

Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch 135 Dupree Place, Aiken, SC, United States

History Walk. Join Allen Riddick, Aiken’s own local historian, for a walk back in time to Aiken in the age of the Winter Colony (late 1800s). Learn about Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch, the historic properties, and the families (Rogerses and Iselins) who owned them. The walk is cancelled if inclement weather occurs. Please meet in front of the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. Online registration utilizing PRT online registration In-person registration is now available at the front desk of Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803. For more questions about registration, please email info@hopelandsgardens.com or call the Weeks Center at (803) 642-7631.

Explore Monarch Butterflies

Explore the wonderful world of Monarch butterflies! Spend the morning with Holly DeVault from the Savannah River Ecology Lab Outreach Team to discover about the lifecycle and great annual migration that Monarch butterflies complete. This hands-on STEAM class is designed for children ages 8-11 years old. Please meet in the Guest Cottage located next to the Rye Patch stables.

Join Michaela, Greenhouse Manager of Cold Creek Nursery, for a demonstration class. You’ll learn the art of crafting a beautiful holiday wreath using fresh, foraged greenery. She will guide you through the steps of selecting, arranging and securing the greens to create a natural holiday wreath. Please meet in the Guest Cottage located next to the Rye Patch stables. Online registration utilizing PRT online registration In-person registration is now available at the front desk of Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803.For more questions about registration, please email info@hopelandsgardens.com or call the Weeks Center at (803) 642-7631.

National Pet Day

Come out and walk with us around the pet with your leashed furry loved one. Aiken Dog Walks will lead a one-hour walk through the gardens. Speaker: Denise Parmentier- Aiken Dog Walks

Eco-Venture

Eco-Venture:  Eco-Venture Let’s go on a hands-on “walk and talk” at Hopelands!  Kids, grades 1st-5th, can join Kimberly Fickling (Director of Environmental Education at Ruth Patrick Science Education Center) on a fun, one-hour exploratory walk through the gardens. They will use their senses as well as some scientific tools to observe the world around them! Speakers: Gary Senn and Kimberly Fickling – Ruth Patrick Science Center

Amphibian and Reptilian Encounters at Hopelands Gardens

Amphibian and Reptilian Encounters at Hopelands Gardens- Participants will be able to observe live animals up close and learn how they help to keep the gardens healthy. Speaker: Sean Poppy – Savannah River Ecology Lab

Doing Beautiful Things in Our Community

Doing Beautiful Things in Our Community – Learn ways to do your part to do beautiful things in Aiken County Speaker: Kandace Cave - Program Coordinator, Keep Aiken County Beautiful

8 Types of Self-Care for Lasting Wellness

Topic: “8 Types of Self-Care for Lasting Wellness” Description: Typically, self-care is broken up into 8 areas of life, each addressing a different facet of our being - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, social, and financial. Speaker: Michelle Merriweather- Founder, Journey of Joy Walking Movement