Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Arboretum Happenings during Summer

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

June 27 - Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

"If Trees Could Talk." Madison arborist and author R. Bruce Allison will talk about and sign copies of his latest book written especially for children, "If Trees Could Talk," featuring trees that have an important story to tell about survival, respect and celebration. The event concludes with a walking tour of Longenecker Gardens led by Allison.

June 28 - Sunday, 1-3 p.m.

"Moth Madness and Interesting Insects."
Learn fun ways to identify insects, while discovering how plants and animals depend on these six-legged creatures. Adopt a cecropia moth caterpillar to rear. Bring a clear 2 liter bottle to make a rearing cage and go home with cecropia eggs and information. Dress for the weather; outdoor and indoor activities are planned.

July 12 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
"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.

July 26 - Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
"Nocturnal Animals." Hike with our naturalists and learn about our nocturnal animals. Activities using our senses will demonstrate some of the amazing things these animals can do. Dress for the weather; outdoor and indoor activities are planned.

August 9 - Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
"Pond Stuff." This walk introduces children to the fascinating world of pond life.

August 23 - Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Arboretum Earth Partnership for Families: "Remembering Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Prairie Fire." Awesome prairie fires surprised Laura’s family when the prairie was a boundless expanse. Experience these momentous events through Laura’s eyes and learn why fires are necessary and beneficial for the prairie. Take home a “flaming” windsock to remember this fun evening. Dress for the weather; indoor and outdoor activities planned.

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