The Children's Discovery Room allows a safe space for your children to explore and play outside your home. Families will have the ability to rent out individual time slots for the Discovery Room for a indoor group play experience. This unique environment allows for fun educational opportunities by allowing children to use their own curiosity and imagination to interact with their environment. $10 per hour. Room capacity is 6 people. Visit: https://vilesarboretum.org/discovery-room for more information.
December 4, 11, 18
Come decorate an ornament with us! We have several different wooden ornament options to choose from. Paint and markers are provided for decorating.A great activity to do with the kids! Participants may arrive anytime between 11:00 and 2:00 to make an ornament. Cost is $5 per ornament, there is no limit on the number of ornament you can purchase. Additional ornaments can be purchased the day of the event while supplies last.
February 8th, 12:00-1:30
In this workshop Thomas Schmeelk from the Maine Forest Service Insect and Disease Lab will walk you through Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and how it applies to brown-tail moth. With a better understanding of IPM you will be able to make safer, more effective decisions on how to manage pests such as brown-tail moth in your own backyard.
February 13th, 11:00-3:00
Join us for a four course meal as you travel our trails in a winter landscape. Enjoy good food and good company while supporting the Arboretum in one of our largest fundraising events of the year. An excellent opportunity to dig out your snowshoes and skis if weather permits.
March 26 , 11:00-1:00
Celebrate the Maine tradition of maple syrup production. We will discuss tree identification, proper tapping techniques, syrup collection and processing. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in learning how to make their own syrup.
If you have ever wanted to get into bird watching, but haven’t known where to start, this is the opportunity for you! Our bird walk programs are hosted by a knowledgeable Arboretum staff member who is capable of pointing out some of Maine’s unique bird species by sight and sound. No experience, binoculars or bird books required to attend.
Wild Seed Project.
April 16, 10:00-12:00
Who says lawns need to be monocultures or made only of grasses? We can do better than the default landscape material that covers most of the suburban landscape. Discover how to diversify your lawn, transition it to meadow or convert it to layers of native plants to create a rich, wildlife-friendly tapestry.
This event is open to all members and volunteers (existing and new!). A delicious pancake breakfast served in the Education Center, followed by our annual meeting, volunteer day events, and 40th anniversary celebration!