The “Discovery Room” at Viles Arboretum, which has provided opportunities for hands-on learning since it launched in January of 2021, is set to close at the end of May. In collaboration with the Children’s Discovery Museum, the room has been outfitted to create opportunities for exploration, with a nature sensory table, train table, loose-parts ball ramps, imaginative farmers market, microscopes and more.
"Native trees in Maine are facing extraordinary stressors on many fronts, to the extent that Maine is at risk of losing substantial native tree cover and thus vital ecosystem balance, biodiversity and economic resources. A number of species prevalent in our forests are at risk of significant decline or disappearance due to invasive insect pests or disease. In addition, climate change is likely to radically alter the balance of which tree species can thrive here."
"Rich in both past and present-day offerings, the Viles Arboretum in Augusta, Maine, sits on 224 acres of historic agricultural lands. Its six miles of trails create opportunities for all-season recreation, from hiking to gardening to cross-country skiing.
On May 14th 2022, Viles Arboretum will host its first ever Birdathon fundraiser. Birdathon is exactly as the name suggests - a birding marathon. It is $15 per person to enter the competition with all proceeds directly benefitting the Arboretum and its mission. Teams, or individuals, will compete to observe the most birds between sunrise and sunset on the Arboretum grounds.
Interested in learning to snowshoe or ski but don't want to commit to purchasing your own gear? Viles Arboretum in Augusta offers ski and snowshoe rentals Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 to 4:30. Our friendly staff will help you find the right size equipment and offer you information on trail conditions before you head out. We offer approximately 1.5 miles of groomed ski trails, and over 6 miles of snowshoe trails.
Viles Arboretum is a free and easily accessible botanical garden in Augusta. The 224-acre space includes six miles of trails, dozens of plant collections and a sculpture exhibit. The Arboretum’s preserved land, interpretive materials, exhibits, programs and events, and trail system are designed for people of all ages for education, recreation, and inspiration.
On August we wrapped up the first summer camp program hosted by Viles Arboretum in many years, the Young Stewards Summer Camp Program. 19 children between the ages of 7 and 10 attended the camp, each a budding outdoor enthusiast. The faces of this group represent the future of conservation and environmental stewardship in our community.