Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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

Grab your mat, your water bottle, and a towel and join the newest instructors from The Nest Yoga and Fitness Studio for Yoga here at the EJC Arboretum. Advance registration is recommended because class size each week is limited. Visit The Nest Yoga and Fitness Studio's website at www.thenestyoga.org to register for one session or all.

Community Yoga:Visit The Nest Yoga and Fitness Studio's website at www.thenestyoga.org for updates.

Community Yoga

at the EJC Arboretum with
The Nest Yoga and Fitness Studio

Saturdays, September 16 and
October 7, 14, & 21, 2017, 8:30—9:30 am


En Plein Aire Sessions

with Artist Martha Crider Henderson

Friday, September 22, and
October 6 & 20, 2017,
9:00 am—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.

Black and white sketch of artists working

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 nature and how healthy environments 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.

After story time, for young reading enthusiasts with energy left to burn, enjoy an audio tree tour with any hand-held device with access to the internet by clicking on this link: the Arboretum's self–guided–tour.

Meets at the Jurney Stage Garden in fair weather, meets in the Frances Plecker Education Center in cold or inclement weather.

Storytime in the Understory

September 12, 2017, 11:00 am—noon.
See description for location info.
A FREE program!


Fall Plant and Bulb Sale

Starts JMU Family Weekend,
Friday September 22, 9:00 a.m.
at the Frances Plecker Education Center
and continues (except Sunday)
until Saturday, September 30, 2017,
closing daily at 3:00 p.m.

Starting JMU Family Weekend, Friday, September 22, shop natives and other plants, shrubs and trees, naturally suited to regional climate and soils, on the Ernst Terrace. And, shop bulbs that are top quality and hand-picked and come straight from the European grower, in the Frances Plecker Education Center at the EJC Arboretum.

Harrisonburg's local communities can enjoy this sale without traffic hassles or crowds by shopping during the week or Saturday, September 30. Purchases can be paid by cash, check, or charge and support Harrisonburg's favorite arboretum that is open daily from dawn to dusk, free to the public.

It's easy to have a beautiful spring garden by shopping the EJC Arboretum Fall Plant and Bulb Sale at the arboretum in the fall ~ the best time of year for planting shrubs and trees! Click here to place your order.

Field of flowers

Stock photo of two cupped hands with soil

Be a child scientist for the day with JMU Biology professor Dr. Morgan Steffen by collecting and then examining soil samples from the arboretum grounds. Elementary school age children will learn how to use a microscope to view and identify the bacteria in soil.

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.

Wonderground: The Dirt on Bacteria

Friday, October 6, 2016, Noon—1:00pm
in the Frances Plecker Education Center.


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


Other Events Coming Soon

  • Coming Soon in Early Fall 2017, Wonderground: The Dirt on Bacteria, date to be announced online approximately a month ahead, noon—1:00 pm, in the Frances Plecker Education Center and on the arboretum grounds. Take a peek into the microscopic world of terrestrial bacteria! Be a child scientist for the day and collect and then examine ground 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. Dress for the weather on the day of the workshop. This educational children's workshop is free. A parent or caregiver is welcome to attend with their child. Online Registration opens 30 days before event.

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

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