Events at the Flagstaff Arboetum

Celebrate the Arboretum’s opening day Enjoy the gardens and unique wildlife with free admission

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Arboretum at Flagstaff opens for the 2010 season on Thursday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors of all ages are welcome to come and celebrate "Opening Day" at The Arboretum, free of charge. The Arboretum has 200 acres of meadows, ponderosa pine forest, wetlands, greenhouses, and cultivated gardens.

At 11:00 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. visitors can enjoy guided tours led by one of The Arboretum's knowledgeable docents. Tours will feature a sneak-peak into the Research Greenhouse, not regularly open to the public, and will also provide information on The Arboretum's history, research, and programming.

The Live Birds of Prey program, which includes "on the fist" demonstrations and dramatic "free-flight" shows, will be offered at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The early-season program will also give visitors insight into methods of raptor training.

The Arcade Gallery unveils its newest exhibition of photography by Rebecca Durrenberger. Her photographs feature plants, animals, and landscapes of our region. This exhibit is on display through the month of April.

Come enjoy a lifetime of memories, family fun and an enjoyable educational experience all in one day, free of charge.

Registration open for Arboretum summer camps

Children explore nature in a 200-acre botanical garden and nature center

The Arboretum at Flagstaff is now registering children for the 2010 Summer Adventure Programs. Nature-themed camps are designed especially for children aged four through 14. A maximum of 12 participants and two adult leaders will spend their time outdoors learning about plants, insects and animals native to northern Arizona.

Artist and naturalist Dr. Gwendolyn Waring is back this year to lead "Viewing Nature through an Artist's Eyes." This week-long program will use the meadows, forest and wetlands at The Arboretum as artistic inspiration for works in pastel, pen & ink, paint, and sculpture. Visit the Arboretum's Web site at www.thearb.org for detailed information about the Summer Adventure Programs.

For more information or to register call (928) 774-1442, ext. 123. Space is limited. Arboretum summer camps are generously supported by grants from Flagstaff P-12 Education Resources Fund through the Flagstaff Community Foundation, Flagstaff Cultural Partners, and the City of Flagstaff.

Volunteer orientation at the Arboretum

The Arboretum at Flagstaff's annual volunteer orientations will take place on April 14 and 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Staff members will provide information about the Arboretum's history, mission, research, and programming, as well as will introduce volunteers to the variety of opportunities available in the 2010 season.

Assistance is needed in the gardens, greenhouse, and gift shop, as well as during special events, raptor programs, and seed collecting trips. To register for the volunteer orientation, please call (928) 774-1442, ext. 124. For more information and to download a volunteer application, visit www.thearb.org.

The Arboretum is a 200-acre botanical garden, research center, and nature preserve dedicated to educating the public about the plants and plant communities of the Colorado Plateau. It is located four miles south of Route 66 on scenic Woody Mountain Road in west Flagstaff. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April through October. General admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for children 3-17, and free for children under the age of three. For more information, visit www.thearb.org or call (928) 774-1442.

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