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Children's Hour - Tea Time with Sassy Sassafras

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Did you know Sassafrass is believed to be the first plant product exported from New England, the first shipload having sailed from nearby Cape Cod. This plant is not only a useful medicine, but delicious as well so this week we’re on the hunt for sassafrass. Join us on a nature walk to identify sassafrass in the wild. Learn how to harvest responsibly and use the many parts as food, medicine, and technology. Then join us back at the museum for refreshing glass of sassafrass tea! As our Blueberry Class was unexpectedly cancelled, we will also celebrate our favorite summer berries and enjoy some blueberry NaSaump, a traditional dish.

Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email