Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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2016 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

>Wednesdays except July 4th week, Noon, EJC Arboretum Pavilion, free, no advance registration needed. Carry-in a brown bag lunch and enjoy lunch break with an informative talk.


Passion for Mothing - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Noon at the EJC Arboretum Pavilion. No registration.
Deborah Davis, artist and painter of native moths, shares about her love for these fuzzy, winged, nocturnal creatures, how she captures them causing no harm, and paints beautiful paintings from photographs she takes of her temporary captives.


Natural Waterways Acidification - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Noon at the EJC Arboretum Pavilion. No registration.
Scientist and JMU Faculty Dr. Dan Downey shares about harm caused to local waterways from acidification and how science is working to solve negative impacts to aquatic environments.


Ducks Unlimited - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Noon at the EJC Arboretum Pavilion. No registration.
Neal Roth, Senior Regional Director, shares on wetlands conservation in the region and leads a conversation with questions and answers on how Ducks Unlimited works to mitigate human impact to native waterfowl and their environments.


Fishy Fish - A FREE Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Event

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Noon at the EJC Arboretum Pavilion. No registration.
Thom Teears with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shares information about native fish commonly found in regional streams and ponds, rivers and lakes and the challenges natives face with invasive and detrimental kinds of competitive fish, crayfish, bacteria, and more.


Big Bug Hunt

"Insects don't bug us!"

Monday, July 11, 2016,
Noon—1:00pm in the
Frances Plecker Education Center.

A FREE program!

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!

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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.

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.

Storytime in the Understory

Tuesdays, July 12, August 9, and
September 13, 2016,
11:00am—Noon (approx.) in the
Frances Plecker Education Center.

A FREE program!


Engineering of
Moths & Butterflies
with Virginia Master Naturalist
Gail Napora

Friday July 15, 2016
Noon—1:00 pm in the
Frances Plecker Education Center.
A FREE program!

Bring your lunch and eat while Gail uses props to demonstrate the impressive engineering of Moths and Butterflies for vision, flight, taste, hygiene, and staying power. The complexity of the creatures is presented so that both adults and young children (who have an adult hand to hold) can appreciate and respect the engineering. Then walk to the Monarch Waystation to hear tales of specific differences.

Gail Napora regularly volunteers to present about Butterflies, Moths, and Pollinators at the EJC Arboretum and facilitates the Monarch releases. She is a Virginia Master Naturalist who has authored several books that feature her photography of creatures in her yard.


All materials are included for all four-days. This is a class beginners can enjoy as it does not require previous drawing experience. The trees of the EJC Arboretum will be the focus of this project. Using information from the reference library or online, students will create a collage on a 12"x12" canvas with computer printed images or drawings as desired. The instructor, Lynda Chandler, Artist in Residence, will have a prepared example for this workshop for inspiration.

This workshop requires registration online at the Events page of the arboretum website, and pre–payment to the EJC Arboretum. Click here to register for this workshop.

Collage on Canvas

with Artist in Residence
Lynda Chandler

Monday—Thursday, July 25—28, 2016
1:00 pm—4:00 pm in the
Frances Plecker Education Center.
$140 per student.


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.


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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