Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

Monday, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, and May 18th, 2015 Noon—1:00 p.m.

In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Image of a Gnome home in a forest

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.



Children's Botanical Drawing Winter Art Workshop

Saturdays, February 28 & March 7, 2015 1:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.

In the Frances Plecker Education Center, $35 fee for children ages 8—12 (includes sketch journal)

Image of nature drawings in a sketchbook

With Jewel Yoder Hertzler, Artist and Workshop Facilitator
BS Art Education, Certified K-12 Art Teacher

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.


St. Patrick´s Day Free Public Concert

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 5:00—5:45 p.m.

At the Jurney Stage Garden

Irish musicians performing

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!



St. Patrick's Day Bird Migration and

Citizen Science Lecture and Dinner

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:00—8:30 p.m.

In the Frances Plecker Education Center, $35 per person

Closeup of clover field

With Amy Richert Goodall, 

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.


Birds of the Arboretum

Enjoy the Lecture and Slide Show with 
Diane Lepkowski of the Rockingham Bird Club

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, noon—1:30 p.m.

In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Photo of an Eastern Phoebe by Diane Lepkowski

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.


And then take a Guided Bird Walk with Greg Moyers 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8:00 a.m.

Meets at the Pavilion

Photo of a Magnolia Warbler by Greg Moyers

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.



Other Events Coming Soon in the New Year

  • March 29, 2015A Latte' Jive, Alzheimer’s Benefit 5K Run and Concert, 12:30—3:00 p.m., Sigma Kappa and Tau Kappa Epsilon cosponsor an annual 5k benefit for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association, on the arboretum grounds, “A Walk You’ll Remember!” with live music at the 5k conclusion, and runners cool down and enjoy coffee, decaf, tea, and water served free compliments JMU Catering.

  • April 3, 2015, Good Friday Observance, 5:00 pm to 8:00pm, at the arboretum on the main lawn. JMU RISE hosts an interdenominational worship observance of Good Friday open to the public.

  • April 4, 2015Easter Egg Hunt,  11:00 am. Egg hunt will start in the Pavilion, for young children with the Theta Nu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, Saturday, pre-registration required. Cost is $5 per child.

  • April 5, 2015, Easter Sunrise Service,  date to be announced online approximately a month ahead, 10:00 am to noon, at the arboretum on the main lawn. JMU RISE hosts the annual inter-denominational Easter Sunrise Worship Service.

  • April 13, May 11, & June 8, 2015Monarchs at the Arboretum, noon—1:00 pm in the FPEC. A three session (attend one or attend all three) workshop series with facilitator, Gail Napora, exploring the Monarch butterfly, its migration, life cycle, habitat needs and much more. This is a program for all ages. Young and Old will enjoy the thrill of releasing Monarchs at the arboretum at the second and third sessions. Online registration opens 30 days in advance of this session.

  • April 17 & 18, 2015, Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am — 3:00 pm in the parking lot of the *FPEC. In the prime time of spring, the Arboretum offers a wide selection of wildflowers, contrasting foliage plants like native ferns, with unusual shrubs and trees that can make home and business landscaping ecofriendly and lovely! To honor those who educate youth, all city and county public school teachers receive 15% off tree purchases presenting a school ID!

  • April, 2015, Wildflower Walks, date to be announced online approximately a month ahead,at 10:00 am, Arboretum Exploration Series Tours with the Arboretum Director, enjoying over 50 varieties on exhibit at the EJC Arboretum. Walks meet at the Pavilion. No advance registration.

  • April 22, 2015, Guided Bird Walk, date to be announced online approximately a month ahead, 8:00 a.m., in the Pavilion. Led by a birding expert, Greg Moyer, in partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club.

  • April, 2015, Campus Cookies Easter Egg Hunt for JMU students, date to be announced online approximately a month ahead, 1-4:00 pm, Sunday. Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life, JAC card required, JMU students with JAC cards search for hidden Easter eggs holding valuable coupons and discounts to area merchants and a free cookie from Campus Cookies!



  • Interested in seeing more of what's coming up next? Please check our Annual Calendar of Events.

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