Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spring Events at the Arboretum

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

GENERAL ARBORETUM EVENT INFORMATION:
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.

March 8 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Arboretum Family Walk: "Mud." Mud isn't just for pies, it is a great place to see animal tracks. What is mud anyway, and why is there so much of it in the spring?

March 22 - Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Tim-m-m-ber-r-r!" Learn about lumbering in Wisconsin with the Wisconsin Historical Society and Arboretum naturalists. Hear tall tales, look at different tools and see if you can fit into Paul Bunyan’s shoes. Dress for the weather; outdoor and indoor activities are planned.

April 12 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Arboretum Family Walk: "Frogs." Frogs make wonderful sounds in the spring and on summer nights -- and they have fascinating life cycles. This will be an introduction to the frogs of the Arboretum.

April 26 - Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Nature's Opera: Songbirds in Spring." Songbirds delight our senses with quick flashes of color or pattern and drawn out melodies. Learn how to identify common song birds by sight and sound. Take a bird watching hike and learn how to welcome songbirds to your yard. Dress for the weather; indoor and outdoor activities planned.

May 10 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Arboretum Family Walk. "Spring Is Here." This naturalist-led walk is tailored to families with young children and explores the prairies, woodlands or wetlands near the Visitor Center.

May 24 - Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Spring Ephemerals and Alien Invaders." Discover drifts of wildflowers along the woodland trails. Explore the relationships between spring wildflowers and invasive species. Help with restoration activities by pulling invasive garlic mustard and dame's rocket. Outdoor and indoor activities are planned.

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