Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Arboretum Happenings & Earth Focus Day Camps

The following events are especially designed for children and families. The events are free, thanks to support from Friends of the Arboretum.

Events are open to the public, and tours take place regardless of weather unless the naturalist decides it would be unsafe. Call 608-263-7888 if in doubt. Unless otherwise noted, tours begin at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Visit our Web site at uwarboretum.org

Arboretum Visitor Center Hours: Weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Weekends 12:30 - 4 p.m.

June 8 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Who's that buzzing in your ear?" Discover the fun and fascinating world of insects on a walk especially tailored to families.

June 14 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Caterpillar Capers." If you want to have butterflies, you have to have caterpillars. Learn about these fascinating creatures, make a rearing cage, and have the opportunity to adopt Cecropia caterpillars to rear all summer. (Please bring a clear 2 liter plastic bottle to make the cage.) Cecropia caterpillars will be growing and on display at the Visitor's Center all summer. Dress for the weather; there will be a hike.

July 13 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Butterflies." Warm, sunny days in July are the best times for seeing lots of butterflies and other fascinating insects that visit flowers on the prairie.

August 10 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Pond Stuff." This walk introduces children to the fascinating world of pond life.

While not free, the reasonably priced Earth Focus Day Camp held at the Arboretum in June, July and August offers kids 3-14 age-specific experiences in the prairies, woodlands and wetlands of the Arboretum. More information at: http://uwarboretum.org/education/efdc/

For more information, please see the Arboretum's website:

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