Water Features


Wednesdays are all about water! Arboretum Naturalists will lead outdoor activities focused on aquatic habitats, the creatures that live in them, the extraordinary power of moving water, or how to protect and conserve the water planet’s greatest resource. 

Wednesdays, June 9 – Aug 11

9am – Noon

$45 member / $60 nonmember (per class)

Ages 5 – 12

  • Classes will be conducted entirely outdoors.
  • Students will need to bring all of their personal items for the day in a backpack or tote bag that they can carry with them.
  • Water bottles required.
  • Please provide a snack for our mid-morning break.
  • Sun protection is recommended; please label your hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.
  • Students likely to get dirty, wet, and/or muddy; dress appropriately.
  • Class occurs rain or shine. In extreme weather, thunder and lightning, we will move indoors to a large classroom allowing for personal distancing.

Fish On!

June 9 or July 14

Catch all the fun with us, learning how to cast, bait a hook, land a fish, and identify the freshwater fish species of the Arboretum.

Pond Life

June 16 or July 21

Use dipnets and your observation skills to investigate all the interesting critters living underwater and around the Arboretum ponds. It’s eat or be eaten in these watery worlds where we’ll classify and link what we find into food chains and webs.

Water Quality

June 23 or July 28

Essential to all life on Earth, water is a shared resource. It’s everyone’s job to keep water sources clean and usable. Perform chemical tests and biological surveys to determine the quality of our watery environments, then engineer and build your own water filter.

Wandering Water

June 30 or Aug 4

Where does water go? Discover how it continuously moves through our environment with a water safari, water experiments and activities, and lots of watershed exploration!

Inside a Wetland

July 7 and Aug 11

Wetlands are our most biodiverse ecosystems and necessary for a healthy planet, yet they are rapidly disappearing around the world. Join us in the ponds and wetlands to take part in conservation efforts to remove invasive plants while learning how unique these wetland soils and plants are!