Our Programs

The following programs are available either at the Arboretum, in your classroom, or where your group meets. More programs are being developed. Special arrangements may also be made to cover a variety of other environmental topics. Contact us at 626-7989 to make special arrangements as part of scheduling your group or class.


A walking tour of the Arboretum's plant collections, habitats, and historic sites, including seasonal natural history highlights. Supports MLR standards A1, A3, E1, and E2. Grades K-12.


Wildlife Habitat - Students compare and contrast living organisms in at least two habitats (Wetland, Pond, Forest, and/or field), then use what they have learned to assess how variations in a habitat can affect the organisms that live there, and how organisms maintain and/or change their habitats. Supports MLR standards A1, A3, E1, and E2. Grades 3-8.


Wetlands and Pond Life - Students collect and identify macro-invertebrates, then use what they find to assess the water quality in Viles Pond. Students also compare and contrast the plant and animal life in the nearby marshes to help them understand the similarities and differences between marsh and pond habitats. Supports MLR standards A1, A3, C3, E1, and E2. Grades 3-8.

Exploring forestry:

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Seed Dispersal - Students collect a variety of plant seeds to better understand the adaptations plants have made to help them survive in their chosen habitats. Supports MLR standards A1, A3, E1, and E2. Grades 3-8.

Tree Identification - Students learn to identify a variety of tree species by using a dichotomous key that requires looking closely at bark, leaves, branches and buds. Students then use arborists tools like diameter tapes and increment borers to measure the age, height, and circumference of a tree. Supports MLR standards B1 and E1. Grades 3-8.

Two new programs:

Geocaching Plus - Students learn about latitude, longitude, coordinates, and how to use a compass and a hand-held GPS unit to navigate their way to caches located around the Arboretum, each of which offers an opportunity for natural history investigation. Supports MLR standards B1, C1, C2, and E1. Grades 3-8.

Looking for Evidence of Humans - Students explore the Arboretum to look for evidence of past farming activity as well as the difficult time that was had trying to find pure drinking water for the State hospital. By doing so they will be able to explain how the environment supports and constrains human activity, and the role technology plays in altering the relationship between those factors. Supports MLR standards A1 and C3. Grades 3-8.