Young girls looking through binoculars

Exploration and discovery at the Arboretum

We offer monthly family walks and activities designed especially for children to explore seasonal topics through learning and doing.

In our summer camp, children explore Arboretum trails and habitats through observation and engaging activities.

Free Family Nature Programs

The second Sunday of each month, starting at 1 p.m., we offer a Family Nature Program that explores animals, plants, and natural phenomena through hikes, stories, crafts, and activities. These programs are free thanks to support from the Friends of the Arboretum. Meet at the Visitor Center. These programs are designed for families with children ages 3–11.

Learning Together

On the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m., we will share stories, an outdoor nature walk, and nature arts and crafts. Activities will be both indoors and out. We will also spend time in our outdoor children’s activity area. Learning Together is for preschool-age children and their adult caregivers. Adults must attend. There is a fee for this program. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Earth Focus Day Camp

Since 1991, Earth Focus Day Camp has created outstanding summer nature programs for children. EFDC helps children develop an understanding of how ecosystems work, nurtures a sense of wonder for nature, and guides children as they explore the habitats, plants, and animals of the Arboretum. Children are empowered to be a positive influence on their world. Our naturalists are enthusiastic and experienced, but the real teacher is our most treasured resource: the land.