Marie Rothwell, 4-H Extension Agent, Augusta County, shares about making room in backyards for more than flowers. Learn about urban chickens and milking goats, their space and housing needs, myths about backyard husbandry, breeds, feed and more for both chickens and dairy goats, both that will be at the talk for children to enjoy petting!
Brian Wagner, Principal Biologist with Ecosystem Services shares about the environmental restoration project at the arboretum, returning the arboretum's central waterway to a natural, winding flow and floodplain. Come to learn about the environmental benefits to the arboretum, the JMU campus, and beyond.
Bland Crowder and Marion Lobstein, with the Flora of Virginia Project, will describe the Flora App now in development for smart phones, tablets, and computers and the new learning modules being designed for adults who want to learn to use the Flora to identify plants.
Dr. James McNeil from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, shares how development, light pollution, and the way we garden affects this wonderful native insect's sustainable population. Support fireflies! Plan to be with firefly lovers at this lecture!
Dr. Katrina Gobetz, Mammalogy Professor at JMU shares about the weird adaptations and behavior of the flying animals that help with insect control and sometimes pollination. Learn about Virginia bat species experiencing population decline and how to help.
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.
The Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink workshop is the second workshop in a series of three: graphite pencil precedes, and acrylic wash follows. Adult art students, beginner to experienced, can enjoy taking one or all to learn botanical illustration.
Pen and Ink students learn how to produce different strokes and create tone by using stipple and line. Students need to also purchase an art supply package or shop from a supply list found on the arboretum website event posting. Enjoy a workshop with a botanical artist who has received the tribute of being commissioned by major educational agencies and whose work is published.
These dates are for the summer-themed workshop in an ongoing series of seasonal workshops for children's art instruction that will allow young artists to produce their own botanical journal that they will treasure for a lifetime.
The three morning sessions will focus on summer season woodland wildflowers found within the arboretum, teaching plant identification and basic science skills alongside botanical drawing technique. Journal work begins with rubbings and tracings, and then moves into sketching subjects. Workshop members will feel they're becoming young "John Clayton botanical explorers," using their pencils to document their findings as did the famous eighteenth-century botanical explorer and illustrator.
This workshop will continue next into the fall session for children that will focus on the arboretum's trees and their unique leaf color and fruits (nuts). Hurry to register your child. Space is limited to 10 children, ages seven to fourteen.
This summer three-session workshop time is geared toward all students. Parents are welcome to stay with their children during workshop sessions.