Arboretum naturalists teaching families about insect identification.

Arboretum naturalists teaching families about insect identification.

The Visitor Center remains closed as we work through operational needs to provide safe and welcoming access for all staff, volunteers, and visitors. Check back for reopening information soon. Some outdoor in-person events have resumed – please see event listings for outdoor and virtual events, and COVID-19 updates for current information about Arboretum operations.

Twice a month we offer family-friendly 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.

On the second Sunday of every month we offer a one-hour Family Walk, from 1:30–2:30 p.m., on topics that appeal to youngsters.

The  Family Nature Programs are held once during most months on a Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30. They combine a naturalist-led tour outdoors at 1:30, followed by drop-in activities starting at 2:30 in the Visitor Center.

These programs are designed for families with children ages 3–11. See our events calendar for details and dates.

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