Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

Forward this page to a Friend!

Wine and Cheese
on the Ernst Terrace

Featuring: Big Fish Cider

Friday, September 9, 2016,
reception at 5:00 pm,
demonstration by the
Executive Sous Chef at 5:30 pm,
guest speaker at 6:00 pm.

Cost: $20 per person – includes chef prepared tastings, international cheeses and two alcoholic beverages of choice per guest other than JMU students.

Speaker: Kirk Billingsley from Big Fish Cider in Monterey, VA, speaks on antique and heritage varieties of apples, grafting techniques and the cider making process using apples from unkempt, organically grown orchards.

RSVP: Online pre-registration opens August 9 and is needed by 5:00 pm September 6. Click here to register.

Stock photo of wine and various artisan cheeses

Stock photo of wine and various artisan cheeses

Be a child scientist for the day with JMU Biology professor Dr. Morgan Steffen. Collect and then examine soil samples from the arboretum grounds. Elementary school age children will learn how to use a microscope to view and identify the bacteria that live in the ground. Healthy soil is a living, dynamic substance. Come discover what may be living in it! This educational children's workshop is free! A parent or caregiver is welcome to attend with their child. Space is limited!


The Dirt on Bacteria

Friday, September 9, 2016,
Noon—1:00pm (FILLED)
& 1:30—2:30pm in the
Frances Plecker Ed Center.

En Plein Aire Sessions

with Artist Martha Crider Henderson

Fridays, September 9 & 23,
And October 7 & 21, 2016,
9:00am—noon. Meets in the
pavilion before going on site.

Artists are invited to gather and bring an easel, canvas, pencils, paints, and brushes and everything needed for painting in the open air beauty of the arboretum with renowned impressionist and muralist painter, Martha Crider Henderson. These plein air painting sessions are free and open to all skill levels. Paint under a master and a painter known for her lovely landscapes depicting scenes of the Shenandoah Valley and the world beyond. The group size in each session is limited and advance registration is needed. Register for any or all of the four sessions. Automatic rain date is the Saturday following the session date, same time, if the weather is inclement. Click here to register for this free event.

Photo of a Monarch butterfly

Photo of a Monarch butterfly

All are welcome, free of charge, to hear expert Gail Napora's 11:00 a.m. presentation in the Pavilion. To be able to tag then release a Monarch, online registration with a $12 fee is required in advance. Click here to register. A small quantity of Monarchs may be available to purchase for $12, the day of for tagging and release for those who didn't have time to register in advance. Then all are invited to watch the Monarch release at noon at the butterfly garden, the Monarch Waystation of the EJC Arboretum at JMU.

Tag & Release a Monarch
at the EJC Arboretum

with expert Gail Napora

Saturday, September 10, 2016,
at 11:00 am in the Pavilion

Community Yoga at
the EJC Arboretum

with The Nest Yoga
and Fitness Studio

Saturday mornings,
September 10—
October 22, 2016,
from 8:30am—9:30am

Grab your mat, some water, and a towel and join the newest instructors at The Nest here at the EJC Arboretum for an hour of yoga on the lawn. If lawn conditions are too wet, then yoga meets on the Ernst Terrace. Advance registration is recommended by going to The Nest website. Or you can just show up with your mats and smiles and pay at each class. The Nest is supporting the EJC Arboretum with this partnership program. If you love yoga, and love being outdoors at the EJC Arboretum then Community Yoga is for you. Register for just one session or as many as you want to take. Weather does impact these classes. Check with The Nest website for information regarding weather cancellations. Please note parking information for September 24 and October 1 on the Calendar page.

Photo of a woman in a yoga pose sitting in a field of grass

Children gathered around listening to an adult reader

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.

Storytime in the Understory

Tuesday, September 13, 2016,
11:00am—Noon (approx.) in the
Frances Plecker Education Center.

A FREE program!

Participate in this month's Photo of the Month Contest!  Click here for contest rules and entry information.

Other Events Coming Soon

Now until mid-October's first hard frost, Private Greenhouse Shopping by Appointment 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.

Now until mid-October's first hard frost, 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.

September 23—October 1, 2016, Fall Plant and Bulb Sale, Friday September 23, and Saturday, September 24, at the Frances Plecker Education Center, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Then, plants and bulbs continue to be sold, Sunday excepted, until closing, 3:00 pm the Saturday of JMU Family Weekend. Also, buy the JMU Purple & Gold bulb collection at the arboretum table at the Godwin Field Fair 10:00 am—2:00 pm Saturday, October 1st before kickoff!

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.

Promotional photographs are taken by staff of arboretum events.
Written requests to the Web manager to remove a photograph will be honored.