Upcoming events at the Arboretum at Flagstaff

Share your passion for nature by volunteering at The Arboretum

FLAGSTAFF - The Arboretum at Flagstaff's Annual Volunteer Orientation will take place today, April 23 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Prospective volunteers will learn about the mission and history of the gardens. Volunteers will meet staff members and find out about the selection of volunteer projects for 2008.

The Arboretum is looking for crews of helpers that can come in each week to plant, weed, dig, mulch, sow seeds, etc. Assistance is also needed in the gardens, greenhouse, and gift shop as well as during special events. Find out about unique projects such as seed collecting trips with research staff and helping with the daily Live Birds of Prey programs.

Call (928) 774-1442, ext. 101 for more information or visit www.thearb.org.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff 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.

Celebrate Arbor Day at the Flagstaff Arboretum

Plant trees with family and friends at Willow Wash

The Arboretum at Flagstaff will be celebrating Arbor Day on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to all visitors. There will be regularly scheduled tours of the gardens at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. along with raptor programs at noon and 2 p.m. The Arboretum welcomes special guest, Dennis Jex, a member of the Tucson Herpetology Society who will have a snake display from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The display will contain live specimens for visitors to see up close. Learn about these venomous and non-venomous creatures that live in the woods, canyons, and grasslands of Arizona. There will be an assortment of educational games and quizzes pertaining to facts about every snake imaginable. Squirrel expert Sylvester Alred will also be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign his new book "Rascal: the Tassel-Eared Squirrel" and answer questions.

Gardens director Brian Keeley and gardens manager Nathan McLeod will host a mass tree planting operation at Willow Wash, located at The Arboretum from 3 to 5 p.m. Groups and individuals are invited to help plant saplings and tree plugs along the newly landscaped area. This a wonderful way to leave a lasting memory in the gardens that you can visit for years to come.

The Arboretum is a 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 S. Woody Mountain Road in west Flagstaff. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April through October. For more information visit thearb.org or call (928) 774-1442.

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