Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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2015 Summer Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

Wednesdays, July 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, and August 5th, noon, in the Pavilion, free, no advance registration, enjoy a brown bag lunch that you bring with you and an informative, interactive presentation. Attend one or all!

Fisheye perspective of a starry sky and nebula

July 8, Backyard Chickens and Dairy Goats

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!

Chicken and goat roaming in a backyard

July 15, Stream Restoration

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.

Logo of The Flora of Virginia

July 22, Flora of Virginia App

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.

Close-up of a firefly

July 29, Fireflies, Sustaining Nature's Lights

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!

Close-up of a firefly

August 5, Bats, Our Night Visitors

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.


Storytime in the Understory

Tuesdays, July 14th, August 11th, and September 8th, 2015,
11:00am—Noon (approximately). In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Participants working on their drawings

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.


Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink

With Artist in Residence Lynda Chandler

B.S. Agriculture, University of Florida, Major:Ornamental Horticulture/Minor: Scientific Illustration

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, & 28th, 2015, 1:30pm—4:30pm

$125 Workshop Fee (Supplies additional, see below.) In the Frances Plecker Education Center

Participants working on their drawings

Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink

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.

Click this link to download the supply list. (PDF)

Click this link to view workshop syllabus. (PDF)

Click here to register online for this event.


Children's Summer Nature Art Camp

Three sessions: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, July 20th, 22nd, and 24th, 2015,
10:00 a.m.—noon each day

In the Frances Plecker Education Center, with Grounds Collecting Excursions

$35 fee, for children ages seven to twelve (Fee Includes sketch journal and pencil)

Children's Summer Nature Art Workshop

With Jewel Yoder Hertzler,
Artist and Facilitator

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.

Click here to register your child or children for this camp.


Other Events Coming Soon in the New Year


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

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