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Out of the Gourdinary was designed as a collaborative community project that creates a unique way to combine architecture, art, nature, and agriculture! Contribute your own personal artistic touches to the gourd tunnel we'll be building at Good Hope Farm. Check out the Gourd Tunnel related classes to find programs where you can craft pieces of art for this one-of-a-kind installation! 

There are numerous ways for you to contribute to this community project. Join us for tunnel tours, gardening, nature exploration, art, and other opportunities to participate. Browse the programs below and visit often as we continue to add to the list!


Gourd Tunnel Classes & Programs

Birdhouse Gourds (age 3-9 with caregiver)
Saturday, June 2 | 9:30-11 a.m.
Paint a beautiful birdhouse from a dried gourd to use as part of our art exhibit at the Gourd Tunnel. At the end of the exhibit in October, you can take your birdhouse home.
Location: Cary Arts Center
Fees: $12(R) $15 (N)

Ladybugs Rock! (age 3-9 with caregiver)
Friday, June 29 | 9:30-11 a.m. OR
Saturday, August 4 | 9:30-11 a.m.
You and your caregiver will paint two ladybug rocks. One will become part of our art exhibit at the Gourd Tunnel and the other goes home with you!
Location: Cary Arts Center
Fees: $12(R) $15 (N)

"Gourd"-ous Pollinators (age 3-10 with caregiver)
Saturday, August 4 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Flutter into the world of the Very Hungry Caterpillar! Learn about the special relationship that butterflies and bees have with flowers. Without pollinators, we would have no gourds! Decorate a set of pollinator wings to wear and engage in a pollinator activity.
Location: Good Hope Farm
Fees: Free

Give a Hoot! (age K5-10)
Saturday, June 16 | 10 a.m.-noon OR
Saturday, July 21 | 10 a.m.-noon
Create a whimsical owl to be displayed in the Gourd Tunnel.
Location: Cary Arts Center
Fees: Free

Fungi Fun! (age K5-10)
Saturday, June 30 | 10 a.m.-noon OR
Saturday, July 7 | 10 a.m.-noon
Create mystic mushroom families to be displayed at the Gourd Tunnel. 

Community Volunteer Workdays

Come help us plant around the Gourd Tunnel and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while getting creative with your hands in the dirt! We will be planting along the Gourd Tunnel and the adjacent sunflower plots with an interesting layout of a variety of gourds, flowers, and pumpkins. All workdays are 9 a.m.-noon at Good Hope Farm. 

May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18

To register or to learn more, email Jewel Kichak.


Gourd Tunnel Tours

Interested in touring the tunnel? Join us on Tuesday, August 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a group tour and activities. Registration is required and must be done at least two days prior to the tour. To register, email Jewel Kichak


Celebrate Gourd Times!

We are planning an exciting family day for Fall 2018, right around harvest time! Stay tuned for the date and details.