Educational Programs

LEGO® Robotics Workshops: Venus Fly Trap

Date:    March 15


Session I: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Session II: 2:30 - 3:30 pm


Cost: $10 per child


Each session will feature separate workshops for Junior Robotics and Apprentice Robotics. When registering, please indicate which session and workshop you wish to sign up for.


   Junior Robotics(recommended for children ages 5 to 8/Grades K-2nd)


   Description: A perfect mixture of fun and learning! Using LEGO® WeDo™

   Robots and LEGO® bricks, participants will build a Venus Fly Trap. They will    learn how to program and operate their creation using a laptop computer.


   Apprentice Robotics(recommended for children ages 8-14/Grades 3rd-8th)


   Description: In this workshop, participants will learn how to convert a LEGO®

   MINDSTORMS® robot into a Venus Fly Trap. They will brainstorm and build

   their robot creation, then learn how to program it using a laptop computer and

   LEGO® educational software. Teams of two will build one fly trap and compete

   with others to see who can catch the most insects.


Instructor: Engineering for Kids® Treasure Coast Florida


About the Instructor: Engineering for Kids® brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids ages 4-14 in a fun and challenging way. It is their goal to inspire children to build on their own natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts and promoting problem solving through hands-on learning. Amanda Hanks is the owner of the Treasure Coast branch, which serves Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties.



Growing Daylilies

Description: Daylilies (hemerocallis) are a versatile perennial known for their showy flowers which typically bloom no longer than a day. In this informative presentation, attendees will learn about the many species of daylilies (beyond the garden variety of yellow/orange daylilies), their classifications, blooming cycles, and how to grow and care for this hardy plant here in Florida.


Instructor: Jack Phillips


Date/Time: March 25

11:00 am - Noon


Cost:   $15 members, $20 non-members       


About the Instructor: Jack Phillips is an award-winning gardener and a member of the Bougainvillea Garden Circle in Vero Beach. He has written horticulture papers about a variety of plants and enjoys sharing this information with others. Jack traveled the world as an employee of the US Federal Government. Now retired, he resides in his hometown of Vero Beach.



Make a Succulent Wreath

Description: Make and take home your own living work of art!Succulent wreaths are easy to care for, require little water, and can provide the perfect accent to your outdoor space.In this workshop, participants willcreate a succulent wreath using a 12" wire wreath form, preserved green sheet moss, floral wire, soil and live succulent plantings. Participants are asked to bring an old screw driver to poke holes for the plantings. All other supplies and plant materials will be provided.


Instructor: Elaine Erlanger, Hidden Garden, LLC


Date/Time: March 28

10:00 am - Noon


Cost:   $60 members, $65 non-members       


About the Instructor: Elaine Erlanger is the owner of Hidden Garden, LLC. Her love of plants began as an adolescent, even building her own greenhouse on her family’s property at the age of 16. She has held a variety of workshops for local garden clubs and for individual groups on terrariums, succulent dish gardens, miniature landscapes, and succulent wreaths. Hidden Garden will be pairing with The Other Half Gallery to bring a unique experience to the heart of Vero Beach's historic downtown arts district, opening soon at 1847 14 th Avenue.


Creating a Food Forest

Description: Learn about this form of edible landscape that mimics a wild mature forest. Food forests are balanced, regenerative ecosystems that do not require fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Once established, they can produce abundant food without constant attention. In this informative presentation, attendees will learn about the eight layers where plants can grow as well as the process of succession in a wild mature forest and how it is mimicked, but controlled and accelerated, to create a food forest. Step by step examples from the LOV Juice food forest will be provided.


Date/Time:   April 17

     10:30 - 11:30 am    


Cost:      $15 members, $20 non-members


Instructor:   Lucie Burke, Florida Regenerative Landscapes, LLC


About the Instructor: Lucie Burke is a Certified Permaculture Designer and co-founder of Florida Regenerative Landscapes, LLC. Together she and business partner Adina Lehrman created the Peak Food Forest located at 801 20th Place in Vero Beach. This food forest provides edibles for the LOV Juice juice bar located on theproperty. Prior to becoming a permaculture designer, Lucie taught garden and art at Sungrove Montessori School for 14 years. She is also a Florida Master Naturalist and co-developed McKee's Garden Discovery Backpacks program.


Photographing Waterlilies

Description: Just in time for McKee’s June waterlily photo contest, find out how to give your photos a more professional look. Enjoy an early-morning photo shoot at McKee and learn to apply concepts such as framing, texture, pattern, light and depth to get your photos looking picture-perfect! Class will include an instructional lesson, a guided photo shoot and a critique session with the chance to review photos. NOTE: Participants should be comfortable with their camera’s basic functions before taking this class. Bring your camera, manual, an empty memory card and extra batteries.


Date/Time:   May 16

     8:30 am - 11:30 am


Cost:      $30 members, $35 non-members


Instructor:   Pat Rice, JPR Images

About the Instructor: Pat Rice has been a member of the Indian River Photo Club since 2004. He served as the group’s president in 2008 and previously held positions as second and first vice president. Pat also created the Club’s website, now run by his son, and has presented programs on Photoshop, Photodex and low-light photography to members. His passion is not only using his camera, but also teaching others how to use theirs.



Cooking Classes


Flavors of Spring

Description: Get inspired with simple, creative dishes that highlight the flavors of the season. Chef Chris Bireley will share his passion for cooking as he demonstrates how to prepare crab encrusted flounder with béarnaise, oven roasted potatoes, niçoise vegetables and sweet greens salad. Participants will enjoy samples of the featured dishes.


Date/Time: April 26

1:00 - 2:30 pm


Cost:   $40 members, $45 non-members  


Summer Brunch

Description: Create a delicious brunch with dishesthatreflect the tastes of summer. In this demonstration,Chef Chris Bireley will show you how to give a modern twist to classic brunch favorites. Recipes will be shared and a tasting will follow.


Date/Time: June 28

1:00 - 2:30 pm


Cost:   $40 members, $45 non-members



Instructor: Chef Chris Bireley, Osceola Bistro


About the Instructor: Chris Bireley is the owner and executive chef at Osceola Bistro in Vero Beach. His signature fresh, local cooking can also be enjoyed at McKee, where he is the exclusive caterer and proprietor of the Garden Cafe. A native of Vero Beach, Chris creates dishes reflective of his culinary travels. He is a graduate of the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, and has held positions in restaurants all over the world, from Napa Valley to northern Italy.


Intro to Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Description: In India,it is believed thata meal shared is a blessing multiplied. Let Urvi's passion for cooking and sharing with others inspire you during this lesson in Indian culture and cuisine. Find out what spices are utilized in Indian cooking, and enjoy samples of a variety of dishes. Past participants are welcome as different recipes will be featured. This class is always a favorite, so register early! Spice boxes will be available for purchase.


Date/Time:   June 7

     2:00 - 4:00 pm


Cost:      $55 members, $60 non-members


Instructor:   Chef Urvi Upadhyay

     Cooking with Urvi


About the Instructor: Born inthe State of Gujarat, India and raised in the United States, Urvi is a home chef and caterer who has been guided by generations of recipes which she has honed by adding her own personal touch.  She enjoys sharing her passion for Indian cuisine with others, and teaches private cooking classes out of her Vero Beach home where she encourages her students to "cook from the heart."


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