Special Events

Tapas on the Trails

Saturday, February 10

Educator Program

Educator Workshop: Weather Watchers

Thursday, December 14

Children’s Program

Winter Camp

January 2-5, 2024

Adult Program

Yoga on the Lawn

Sunday, December 17

Special Events

Holiday Sip & Stroll

Friday, December 15

New Year’s Walking Challenge

Registration is FULL!

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Hours & Parking

Grounds & Trails 7 am – dusk, daily
Nature Center 9 am – 4 pm, daily

Admission is free!

Parking is $5.50, free on Thursdays for all guests and year-round for Arboretum Members

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Upcoming Events

Second Saturday Bird Survey

December 9 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us on the second Saturday of each month in the courtyard behind the building for a two-hour bird survey led by Arboretum staff members.

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DIY Candles

December 9 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Light up the darkest days of the year by making your own beautiful beeswax taper candles and pouring beeswax tealights.

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News and Blog

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The Great Owl Rescue

On a cool February morning, a visitor spotted three white puffballs. They were Great Horned Owl chicks, and they were in trouble!

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Experiencing Fall Migration

Happy Fall Migration! It may have just started to feel like autumn, but for birds, the subtle change in daylight hours at the end of August was enough to trigger their urge to travel.

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The Dog Days of Summer

We’re entering the Dog Days of Summer in a much more literal way this year – with multiple coyote and fox sightings!

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Birding as Citizen Science

The Global Big Day is a challenge to bird watchers everywhere: see as many bird species as possible in 24 hours. Will you join the challenge?

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Earth Month Wrap-up

Thank you all for joining us during Earth Month! Just because April is almost over doesn’t mean that you have to stop helping the Earth. There are tons of great environmentally-friendly things for you to do all year.

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Earth Week

Get ready to go outside (even if it’s just in your backyard) and celebrate nature with us this week! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re getting ready for two fabulous events – a virtual Earth Day celebration and the City Nature Challenge!

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What Nature Means to You

Nature isn’t just a place to find animals and plants. Nature is relaxing, refreshing, comforting, and inspiring. Do you capture nature’s beauty with a camera or sketchbook? Do you jot down poems or creative writing in a nature journal? Use your art to show us how us how important nature is to you!

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The Art of Recycling

Reducing, reusing, and recycling are some of the most important things we can do to help the earth, but they can also be really fun!

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Build a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary

Welcome wildlife to your backyard! There are lots of ways to make your yard, flower bed, or patio into a wildlife-friendly haven.

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A Bird’s Guide to Gardening

Imagine you’re a chickadee designing a garden. What would it look like? When you’re a tiny, primarily insect-eating bird that nests in tree cavities, beautiful flowers and a well-manicured lawn are low on your list of priorities.

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The State of our Birds

2018 was a great year for birds here at the Arboretum.

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Attracting Birds with Native Plants

Why does the Arboretum get so many fall migrant birds? Because we have a lot of native plants!

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The Nature Playscape will be closed Thursday, December 7 as we work to remove several dead trees from the area.