Thursday, September 11, 2008

ARBORETUM Family Events Sept, Oct & Nov

The following fall Arboretum events are free and especially tailored for young children and their parents/grown-ups:

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September 2008

September 13 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "The Scavenger Squad." Vultures, crows, beetles, flies and microbes are the scavengers. It's a tough job, but it's got to be done. See a live vulture and learn about the important role they play in the nutrient/food cycle. Dress for the weather, we will take a hike.

September 14 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Fun with Fungi." This family friendly walk investigates mushrooms growing in the Arboretum's natural areas.

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October 2008

October 11 - Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "B-B-Bats...the only mammal that can take flight." B-B-Bats....fearsome and dangerous OR fascinating and beneficial? Come to the Arboretum to see live bats and learn the reality of bats, and how you can help these amazing mammals.

October 12 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Why do Leaves Change Color?" Families can learn how to appreciate and understand the wonder of fall color in native trees and prairie grasses.

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November 2008

November 8 - Saturday, 1 p.m.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Ingenious Seeds On the Move." Fall harvest is the perfect time to investigate one of the most important missions of the plant world -- seed dispersal. In Curtis Prairie, the oldest restored prairie in the world, go on a scavenger hunt and collect prairie seed. Dress for the weather.
November 9 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Arboretum Family Walk: "Preparing for Winter." Animals and plants that live here need to prepare for winter long before the first snow flies. This short walk introduces young people to how plants and animals cope with the cold.

For more information:
http://uwarboretum.org/

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