FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Arboretum at Flagstaff will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free of charge for all visitors. There will be regularly scheduled tours of the gardens at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Live Birds of Prey programs at noon and 2 p.m. The Arboretum welcomes special guest Seth Muller, author of the new book "The Mocking Bird's Manual." Muller will do a book reading and signing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The new book is one of the "Keepers of the Windclaw Chronicles" published by Arizona-based Salina Bookshelf, Inc.
The young-reader fantasy fiction series features a Navajo girl who learns how to talk to birds and begins an incredible journey across the landscape of the Navajo Nation. Illustrations are by acclaimed artist Bahe Whitethorne Jr.
Mark Jarecki, the Arboretum's new Director of Horticulture, will demonstrate tree-planting techniques. Trees and shrubs will be available for purchase by visitors who would like to leave a legacy in the gardens or plant at home.
Hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. feature crafts and scavenger hunts that explore forest health and conservation as well as weed identification and removal. Families can learn about ponderosa pine forest biodiversity in the new interactive exhibit, "Links of Life."
Visit the Herb Garden from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet Maybelle Little who will have an educational station focused on Navajo uses of native plants. Learn how common species were used traditionally for food, medicine, household and religious ceremonies.
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 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 normally $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-17 and free for children under the age of 6.
For more information, visit thearb.org or call (928) 774-1442.