There are many learning opportunities in the Arboretum:


At Home in the Woods Family Garden

The At Home in the Woods Family Garden project was completed in May of 2022.

StoryWalk - New Attraction at the Arboretum

On May 5th, the StoryWalk® opened at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. This project was made possible by efforts from the Harrisonburg Urban Wood Group, JMU Design Build Dukes and staff at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.

The StoryWalk® project and Reading Roost were built by JMU Students in Professor Nick Brinen's Architechural Design Class. View the video below. 

Location: next to the bridge in the Family Garden. 


What is StoryWalk®

StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you're directed to the next page in the story. StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT

Origins of StoryWalk
Currently on Display

The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land:  Bruchac, Joseph: 9780698116474: Books

The Backpack Program

Pre-School - Elementary

Explore the Arboretum with themed activities! This program is FREE. Backpacks are located in the lobby of the Frances Plecker Education Center, Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

How it Works

1. 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, to be picked up after the backpack is returned.

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

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