The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum invites you and your children to come hear a story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home!
Join us in the Frances Plecker Education Center, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Monday, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, and May 18th for indoor story time followed by an outdoor activity.
Bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy during the story.
The February 28 and March 7 sessions are part of an ongoing series of seasonal art instruction where children create their own botanical journal. In the winter session, the focus will be bare woody shrubs, cones, pods, nuts, tree branches and evergreens. Interdisciplinary historical and science facts will be taught along with botanical drawing techniques. The Saturday classes will focus on drawing winter trees, branches and seed pods found within the Arboretum. Interdisciplinary historical and science facts will be taught along with drawing techniques. A key component will be to teach the students to look closely, and record what they see. Emphasis will be on contour line drawing, and drawing techniques include hatching, crosshatching and stippling. Students will use pencil and fine point sharpies. This program continues in the spring when children can add to their journals with illustrations of plants in leaf, bud, and flower.
Click here for online registration, or phone (540) 568-3194. Space is limited. Parents are welcome to remain with their children during class.
Gratify your Irish! Spoil someone with an afternoon of Celtic music! Enjoy a free public concert performed at the Jurney Stage Garden. Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets, and dress for the afternoon forecast. Nonalcoholic beverages and picnic dinners are welcome. Or, reserve online for the St. Patrick´s Day Dinner that follows!
NOTE: Inclement weather cancels this concert!
Join Dr. Goodall for a program about the strategies of bird migration, including the use of weather for moving long distances and recognition of landscapes for navigation. Through a photographic odyssey, see habitats used by migrating whooping cranes, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and inter-tropical songbirds. Learn about the long history of volunteer-collected data for understanding bird migrations and the increasing trend of public-collected data now emphasizing "citizen science". The internet era has opened opportunities for all who want to partner for the sake of future generations' enjoyment of birds and other wildlife. Get connected with programs like the Christmas Bird Count, Breeding Bird Survey, Great Backyard Bird Count and more. Join a light-hearted conversation about the generation gap between traditional naturalists that bird through experience and those newly learning with their "apps". Not even generation gaps or the differences between scientists and traditional naturalists and hobbyists can diminish the opportunities for citizen science to positively impact conservation.
Click here for online registration, or phone (540) 568-3194.
In partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club, Diane Lepkowski presents an informative review and slide show of birds found at the arboretum on Wednesday, March 26 from noon to 1:00 pm in the Frances Plecker Education Center. Any who want to linger and enjoy a question and answer period until 1:30 are welcome to stay. Lepkowski is a contributing bird photographer to the Arboretum Life website photo gallery and website birding pages. The Arboretum is an important migration "rest-stop," and spring sightings have included over a hundred species found on the arboretum website birding page.
Come to learn “how-tos” of equipment and technique, and hear Lepkowski recount humorous and insightful experiences of bird watching for enjoyment, including highlights of bird watching at the Arboretum.
After attending the lecture for overview of birding “how-tos”, take a guided bird walk at the EJC Arboretum led by birding expert and photographer Greg Moyers, starting from the arboretum Pavilion.
Click here for online registration of either or both events, or phone (540) 568-3194.