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UPCOMING EVENTS


 Check back for our spring 2020 programs!

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!


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Spring Interpretive Internship

Interpretive Interns will gain experience working in an Arboretum environmental education setting. Interns will work with the Arboretum Education Coordinator to lead interpretive guided tours to grade-school students, conduct and develop environmental education-based programs, and conduct outreach tabling events within the community. Interns will receive training and experience in interpretive techniques including researching, preparing tours, developing lesson plans, utilizing effective teaching strategies, identifying common native plant species, bird identification, and a broad understanding of arboretum facility management. Applicants should have a desire to work with kids and learn about native flora and fauna.

Full Intership Description

Internship Application

Please email application to Kristen Grimshaw at grimshkt@jmu.edu

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
The Herp Hop

November
Wondercraft Children's Worshop

*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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