Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Flying Flowers: Butterflies & Moths

Monday, June 6, 2016, Noon—1:00 pm

With Virginia Master Naturalist Gail Napora

Bring your lunch and eat as Gail shows images and tells stories about some of the beautiful butterfiles and moths encoutnered and captured using a camera in her yard. As the stories unfold, learn why they are referred to as flying flowers; the principal differences in appearnace, behavior, and flight; and how Gail "sees" differently

Then walk to the Monarch Waystation to view a habitat which you could replicate.

Young children are welcome to attend so long as they have an adult hand to hold.

Gail Napora is a Virginia Master Naturalist who has photographed butterfiles and moths for ten years, though she has first studied and collected them as a teenager. She regularly volunteers for the Monarch releases at the EJC Arboretum. Come Back in July for Engineering of Moths and Butterfiles.


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Nature-Themed Greeting Cards

One-day Workshops

Monday, June 6, Wednesday, June 8, and Friday, June 10, 2016,1:00 pm—4:00 pm

Attend one or attend all. At the Frances Plecker Education Center.

Each session is $30. All materials are included for each one day workshop. Create nature-themed greeting cards using rubber stamps and plant parts, water-based inks, heated embossing powders, texture embossing folders and precision die-cuts to enhance card designs. Beautiful coordinating papers and trims will have any craft enthusiast wanting to take every workshop. The instructor will have four prepared designs for each workshop to inspire you.

Each workshop is independent of the other and requires registration and pre-payment to the EJC Arboretum. Click here to register.


Big Bug Hunt

"Insects don't bug us!"

Mondays, June 13 and July 11, 2016, Noon—1:00pm

in the Frances Plecker Education Center. A FREE program!

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Come with us on a scavenger hunt for the fascinating insects that call the arboretum home! Learn about the different parts of an insect and how other invertebrates, such as spiders and millipedes are different. Children of all ages will discover how to make their backyards bug friendly while learning about all types of invertebrates. After the Big Bug Hunt, create your own stick bug to take home! This educational children's program is free!

Click here to register for this exciting and educational program.


Storytime in the Understory

Tuesdays, June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13, 2016,
11:00am—Noon (approximately) in the Frances Plecker Education Center. A FREE program!

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Stories come to life for young children with animated readings. Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of natural waterways and how streams and wetlands support health and variety in plant and animal life from children's literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic lunch for after Storytime. On days when the sun is shining and the temperatures are warm Storytime is outside at the Jurney Stage Garden! Inclement weather~ Storytime comes indoors to the Frances Plecker Ed Center.

After story time, for young reading enthusiasts with energy left to burn, enjoy another learning adventure, an audio tree tour with any hand–held device with access to the internet going to the Arboretum's self–guided–tour.

For more information, or to learn of events and programs available at the EJC Arboretum for children, call (540) 568-3194, workweek days, business hours, or visit the Arboretum's Calendar of Events. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest and see all the arboretum social media online at our website.


Arboretum Explorer Camp

for Budding Nature Enthusiasts!

Monday—Friday, June 20—24, 2016
 8:00 am—noon for ages 5—7, 1:00 pm—5:00 pm for ages 8—10

in the Frances Plecker Education Center. $125 per child

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The Arboretum Explorer Camp at the EJC Arboretum is a summer program designed to encourage a love of the outdoors, foster environmental stewardship and inspire future scientists. Campers will catch bugs, learn about reptiles, investigate the pond, make crafts and go on daily nature walks. Cost per child is $125 for the week.

Click here to register for this exciting and educational camp.


Participate in this month's Photo of the Month Contest!

Click here for contest rules and entry information.


Other Events Coming Soon

April 25, 2016, Walk Up Plant Sales Shop from a limited selection of perennials plants in bloom, shrubs and trees at the Frances Plecker Education Center, weekdays, during normal business hours.

April 25, 2016, Private Greenhouse Shopping by Appointment Beginning in mid-April, and projected to continue until the first hard frost in the region which will be about mid-October. Shop from the entire greenhouse inventory of natives, exotics and cultivars perennials, shrubs, and trees, by advance appointment only, with $50 minimum purchase required. Call (540) 568-3194 to schedule an appointment.

June 20—23 (Session I), and June 27–30 (Session II), 2016, Collage on Canvas, Trees of the Arboretum. Monday—Thursday each session, 1:00pm—4:00 pm in the Frances Plecker Education Center. A four day workshop offered with two sessions each at $140, to create a collage on stretched canvas with paint and decoupage medium under the guidance of Lynda Chandler, Artist in Residence. Registration opens online 30 days before the program date.

July 15, 2016, The Engineering of Moths and Butterflies, with Gail Napora, Friday, noon—1:00 pm in the Frances Plecker Education Center, Free. Starts in the FPEC then goes outdoors to the Monarch Waystation Garden. Registration opens online 30 days before the program date.

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

 Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Events and Programs are Virginia Green.

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