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UPCOMING EVENTS

Storytime

Storytime in the Understory

Tuesdays | June 12, July 10, August 14

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stories come to life for young children with animated readings on the second Tuesday of each month this summer, June through August. 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 to enjoy after our Storytime.

On days when the sun is shining and the temperatures are warm Storytime is outside at the Jurney Stage Garden! In the case of inclement weather, storytime comes indoors.

Free event, registration required:

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Backpacks

The Arboretum Backpack Program

We're excited to introduce the Arboretum Backpack Program! This program lends out educational, themed backpacks for children at no charge. Each backpack explores a different topic and helps guide parents and children through a self-directed, educational experience during their visit to the Arboretum.

HOW IT WORKS

1. Visit the Frances Plecker Education Center (FPEC) to sign out a backpack of your choice:

- Reptiles & Amphibians
- Flowers
- Exploring Trees
- Forest Mammals
- Butterflies
- Insects
- Macroinvertebrate Study

2. Leave a driver's license with us at the FPEC, to be picked up after the backpack is returned.

3. Enjoy the backpack's activities and adventure onward!


ANNUAL CHILDREN'S EVENTS

February
Spring Children’s Art Workshops

March
Wonderwater Children’s Workshop
Spring Children’s Art Workshops

April 
Docent-Guided Tour Season begins
The Herp Hop
Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes
Virginia Arbor Day Public School Gift Tree Planting Ceremony 

May
Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

June
Storytime in the Understory
Explorer Camp

July
Storytime in the Understory
Big Bug Hunt

August
Storytime in the Understory

September
Wonderground Children’s Workshop

October: Children’s Harvest Festival
Docent-Guided Tour Season ends October 31

View Adult & Family Annual Events

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

(540)-568-3194 | ejcarboretum@jmu.edu 
Grounds | Free to the public | Dawn to dusk | 365 days a year
Frances Plecker Education Center | Monday - Friday | 8 AM - 4 PM

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