Outdoor Events Resume with New Nature Spaces for Learning and Exploration


Tree "tunnel" in children's activity area

In-person educational events resume outdoors beginning in June, with some precautions in place. In addition, we are excited to announce two new educational spaces for nature-based enjoyment and learning.

Sign at entrance to children's activity area
Sign at entrance to children’s activity area

The new children’s activity area in Longenecker Horticultural Gardens encourages families to explore pathways, discover plants and animals, and create nature art together. The children’s activity area is located in the southeast corner of the gardens, north of the maintenance area and near the trail entrance to Gallistel Woods.

The new outdoor classroom provides a venue for Arboretum classes and naturalist-led programs. The classroom will be in a large tent in the Arboretum’s nursery, west of the Visitor Center. To reach the outdoor classroom, park cars and bikes in the Visitor Center lots, then follow the signs along the service road on the south side of the Visitor Center to the mowed path leading to the nursery.

map showing locations of outdoor education areas
Map showing the locations of the outdoor classroom and children’s activity area (see blue arrows and circled areas).

Due to COVID restrictions, event capacity is limited and registration will be required for most programs (see event listings for details on specific programs). For Arboretum-hosted outdoor events, masks and physical distancing between people from different households will be expected. A portable toilet is available in the Visitor Center parking lot. Water fountains are not available so please bring filled water bottles.

For more on Arboretum operations during the pandemic, see COVID-19 updates.