Programs for Kids, Teens & Families

"Discovery Saturdays was a lot of fun. My kids loved using binoculars to find different bird species."

The arboretum offers many programs for children ages 3 and up. Each takes advantage of our unique natural setting, whether it's examining animal adaptations in the woodland forest, facilitating seed germination in the Louise B. Roehm Greenhouse, or taking part in a physical activity on the Great Lawn. The Discovery Weekends program is the perfect way for a busy family to escape a hectic weekday schedule and reconnect with each other and nature through hands-on learning.

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Classes

(for children ages 5-10) As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, where do all the garden animals go?  Do you ever wonder how animals prepare for the..

Saturday, October 1 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

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(ages 3 to 5 with adult) Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world will get a great start in this engaging weekly class. Take nature hikes, read stories, and..

Wednesday, October 5 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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(for children ages 5-8) After a long school day, your child will enjoy exploring nature with our Environmental Educators in this engaging drop-off program. There’s a different fascinating focus each..

Thursday, October 6 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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(2:45 pm for ages 3-5; 3:45 pm for ages 6-11) Sway like the leaves on the trees. Swirl like water. Leap like deer. This dance class is designed for children..

Friday, October 7 at 2:45 pm

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(2:45 pm for ages 3-5; 3:45 pm for ages 6-11) Sway like the leaves on the trees. Swirl like water. Leap like deer. This dance class is designed for children..

Friday, October 7 at 3:45 pm

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(For ages 6-10) Calling all homeschoolers! Join us for our fall semester of environmental science classes, which take place every other week in the fall. Learn through experience as we..

Tuesday, October 11, 10:00 am—11:30 am

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(ages 3 to 5 with adult) Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world will get a great start in this engaging weekly class. Take nature hikes, read stories, and..

Wednesday, October 12 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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(for children ages 5-8) After a long school day, your child will enjoy exploring nature with our Environmental Educators in this engaging drop-off program. There’s a different fascinating focus each..

Thursday, October 13 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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(ages 3 to 5 with adult) Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world will get a great start in this engaging weekly class. Take nature hikes, read stories, and..

Wednesday, October 19 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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(for children ages 5-8) After a long school day, your child will enjoy exploring nature with our Environmental Educators in this engaging drop-off program. There’s a different fascinating focus each..

Thursday, October 20 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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(2:45 pm for ages 3-5; 3:45 pm for ages 6-11) Sway like the leaves on the trees. Swirl like water. Leap like deer. This dance class is designed for children..

Friday, October 21 at 2:45 pm

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(2:45 pm for ages 3-5; 3:45 pm for ages 6-11) Sway like the leaves on the trees. Swirl like water. Leap like deer. This dance class is designed for children..

Friday, October 21 at 3:45 pm

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(for children ages 5-10) Put on your coats and join me in the garden to see what’s growing in our small pumpkin patch. Using found objects from nature, we’ll decorate..

Saturday, October 22 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

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(For ages 6-10) Calling all homeschoolers! Join us for our fall semester of environmental science classes, which take place every other week in the fall. Learn through experience as we..

Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 am—11:30 am

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(ages 3 to 5 with adult) Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world will get a great start in this engaging weekly class. Take nature hikes, read stories, and..

Wednesday, October 26 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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(For children ages 5 to 10) You'll scream with delight as you create cute and creepy treats to eat and share. Registration is required. Membership must be current on date..

Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 pm—5:30 pm

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(for children ages 5-8) After a long school day, your child will enjoy exploring nature with our Environmental Educators in this engaging drop-off program. There’s a different fascinating focus each..

Thursday, October 27 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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(ages 3 to 5 with adult) Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world will get a great start in this engaging weekly class. Take nature hikes, read stories, and..

Wednesday, November 2 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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(for children ages 5-8) After a long school day, your child will enjoy exploring nature with our Environmental Educators in this engaging drop-off program. There’s a different fascinating focus each..

Thursday, November 3 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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(2:45 pm for ages 3-5; 3:45 pm for ages 6-11) Sway like the leaves on the trees. Swirl like water. Leap like deer. This dance class is designed for children..

Friday, November 4 at 2:45 pm

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(2:45 pm for ages 3-5; 3:45 pm for ages 6-11) Sway like the leaves on the trees. Swirl like water. Leap like deer. This dance class is designed for children..

Friday, November 4 at 3:45 pm

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(for families with children ages 5 and up) Join us for a night of fun around the campfire with stories, songs, games, interesting nighttime facts, and [s’]MORE!! If the sky..

Friday, November 4 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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(for children ages 5-10) Savvy gardeners know that although it’s cold outside, you can still plant a garden. In fact, using recycled materials we can make a miniature greenhouse to..

Saturday, November 5 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

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(for children ages 5 to 10) Nature is full of wonderfully strange and surprising living things! We’ll explore and discover some of the coolest, most unusual inhabitants of the Arboretum..

Thursday, November 10 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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(for children ages 5 to 10) Enjoy a day outdoors in the Arboretum forest! Take a walk to engage our senses, ID trees and leaves, create a bark or leaf..

Friday, November 11 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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(for children ages 5 to 10) Hey kids, put on your aprons and roll up your sleeves! We're making and decorating holiday cookies! Registration is required. Membership must be current..

Wednesday, December 7, 4:00 pm—5:30 pm

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(for children ages 5 to 10) Hey kids, put on your aprons and roll up your sleeves! We're making and decorating holiday cookies! Registration is required. Membership must be current..

Thursday, December 8, 4:00 pm—5:30 pm

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Special Events

We are super excited to offer you the chance to meet our visiting goats at this special Meet & Greet event. Learn some fun goat facts, pet and feed the..

Thursday, October 13 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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We are super excited to offer you the chance to meet our visiting goats at this special Meet & Greet event. Learn some fun goat facts, pet and feed the..

Thursday, October 13 at 3:00 pm

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We are super excited to offer you the chance to meet our visiting goats at this special Meet & Greet event. Learn some fun goat facts, pet and feed the..

Thursday, October 13 at 4:00 pm

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We are super excited to offer you the chance to meet our visiting goats at this special Meet & Greet event. Learn some fun goat facts, pet and feed the..

Thursday, October 13 at 5:00 pm

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We are super excited to offer you the chance to meet our visiting goats at this special Meet & Greet event. Learn some fun goat facts, pet and feed the..

Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 pm

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Four Centuries in a Weekend is a Union County tradition that enables residents and visitors to travel through time and learn about the rich history of our community.  Held annually on..

Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Games, crafts, music, and of course goats...these are just a few of the activities that are part of our eagerly anticipated Celebrate Fall Festival! With Halloween right around the corner,..

Sunday, October 16 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

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Games, crafts, music, and of course goats...these are just a few of the activities that are part of our eagerly anticipated Celebrate Fall Festival! With Halloween right around the corner,..

Sunday, October 16 (11:00 AM Entry)

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Games, crafts, music, and of course goats...these are just a few of the activities that are part of our eagerly anticipated Celebrate Fall Festival! With Halloween right around the corner,..

Sunday, October 16 (12:00 PM Entry)

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Games, crafts, music, and of course goats...these are just a few of the activities that are part of our eagerly anticipated Celebrate Fall Festival! With Halloween right around the corner,..

Sunday, October 16 (1:00 PM Entry)

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