Young girls looking through binoculars

Exploration and discovery at the Arboretum

The Visitor Center remains closed as we work through operational needs to provide safe and welcoming access for all staff, volunteers, and visitors. We anticipate it will remain closed for most of the summer. Outdoor in-person events have resumed, including modified family programs. See event listings for outdoor and virtual events, and COVID-19 updates for current information about Arboretum operations.

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

Two Sundays a month, starting at 1:30 p.m., we offer Family Nature Programs that explore 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.

The Family Nature Program also provides birding backpacks that can be checked out any time, at no charge, from the Visitor Center.

Earth Focus Day Camp

Since 1991, Earth Focus Day Camp has created outstanding summer nature programs for children ages 3–14. 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.