Upcoming Events at the Arboretum

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Spring Children's Art Workshops (Ages 7-10)

Friday, February 23, 12:00pm—1:15pm

Friday, March 16, 10:00am—11:15am

Friday, March 23, 12:00pm—1:15pm

Friday, April 6, 12:00pm—1:15pm

Art instruction will be planned around a nature-themed topic relating to Spring. Facilitated by JMU Art Education Students. Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Photography followed by a short guided walk outdoors.

Introductory rate is $10 per child per class, or register a child for all four classes and pay only $35. Click here to register.

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Join us for one of the greatest shows on earth-the annual Spring Bird Migration! We'll review the upcoming birding season, some of the highlight species seen this winter and some of the best spots to see these winged wonders at the Arboretum.

This is a FREE Arboretum event, but we require registration to participate. Click here to register.

"Wings of Spring" Bird Migration with Rich Wood

Wednesday, February 28, 12:00—1:00pm


Native Nuts from Mast to Mouth

Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00—4:00 PM

Frances Plecker Education Center

$35 per attendee

Being a nut farmer for the horticulturally challenged

Arguably, nuts are the highest echelon of food. Nut trees take longer to come into bearing than almost any other food crop and what they produce is of the highest nutritional quality. Good news is that you can be a nut farmer without waiting 20 years, owning land, debt, equipment, or even a single tree. Native perennial tree crops offer us a healthy, environmentally friendly alternative to commodity foods, and they are everywhere. Flour, oil, meat, and dairy can all be supplied by native nuts while enhancing the environment. Absolutely no time in this workshop need be devoted to the cultivation of nuts because established trees are already around us. This class will get right into what to do with them. This workshop will lay out which species of nuts are desired and their highest uses, the most efficient means to harvest, and the infinite things that can be used for.

Registration is already open for this workshop. Click here to register.

This event is in partnership with Blacks Run Forest Farm. To see descriptions and registration for the Saturday/Sunday portion of this workshop weekend, visit: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3337287

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Come join us for a delightful evening, and experience firsthand the revival of a local nut culture in our region. Bill will be sharing his practical experiences, nut products and vision that address common concerns about the food we eat and how it is grown. He has initiated models of agriculture that are creating opportunities for young people to become farmers of perennial tree crops without debt. From there, barriers to issues around our personal vitality, the health of our society, and our planet crack open. He believes that the Shenandoah Valley could be a good place to build on the vision of a Nutopia.

Registration is already open for this workshop. Click here to register.

This event is in partnership with Blacks Run Forest Farm. To see descriptions and registration for the Saturday/Sunday portion of this workshop weekend, visit: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3337287

Native Nuts from Mast to Mouth

Friday, March 16, 2018, 5:00—7:00 PM

$25 per attendee


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


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

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