Activities & Events

Slayton Arboretum Schedule – 2014

For more details, contact Laurie Rosenberg, Program Coordinator,, 517-607-2241.

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June 30, July 14, July 28, and August 11

Session I: Ages 5 - 8, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Session II : Ages 9 - 12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Nature Art: Summer Children’s Art Series - Children’s program

Back by popular demand with instructor Lorie Dickenson! The program will be held every other Monday morning from the end of June through the beginning of August. Register for one class or all four. Class will include guided nature walk with observations, and then the kids will learn a variety of artistic styles and media for creating art projects from their experience. Supplies and snacks provided. Meet at Stone Lab near Arboretum entrance on Barber Drive.

Cost: $12/session per child; friends of the arb $10. Sign up by June 23.

Monday–Friday, July 21- 25
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Nature Explorers Day Camp - Children’s program

The theme for this week of exploring is “Plants and the Animals That Love Them!” Each day we will explore a new habitat and learn about the plants and animals that depend on each other to survive. We’ll learn about the relationship between insects and plants, discover the critters that make up a pond food chain, find out how a tree is like an apartment building, go on a small world safari, and more! The registration fee includes all supplies and a daily snack. Ages 7-10. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Cost: $35 per child; friends of the arb $30. Space is limited; sign up by July 14.

Thursday, August 7
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Birds, Butterflies and Bees - Children’s program

If your child has a keen interest in nature and wants to take it to the next level, this program will teach him or her how to observe, identify, track, and conserve these ever-present and fascinating animals. Become a wildlife watcher with a “life list,” keep a nature journal, gather data using the scientific method, share your finds with scientists around the world, and learn what you can do to help these creatures right in your own backyard! Ages 9-13. This class will involve age-appropriate reading and math skills. Meet at Barber House on Hillsdale Street.

Cost: $3 per child. Space is limited; sign up by August 1.

Friday, August 8
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Mordents and Dye Materials 

Saturday, August 9
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dying Techniques and Project Ideas

Natural Dyes with Common Plants – Ages 8 to Adult

Join us at the Arboretum’s Stone Lab for a hands-on experience preparing cloth or yarn for dying, making a dye bath from easily available plant materials, and discovering some easy crafts to make with your dyed material. This two-day class is suitable for ages 8-adult. Class participants will be provided with wool yarn and cotton cloth samples and may bring their own all cotton t-shirt to dye if they would like.

Cost: $8 per person for the two-day program; $7 Friends of the arb. Space is limited; sign up by August 1.

Saturday, September 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Seed Saving – Adult Program. Children 10 and up welcome with adult supervision.

This year, why not save some seeds from your garden to plant or trade for next year? Horticulturist Laurie Rosenberg will teach you simple ways to harvest and save seeds and get more plants for free!

We’ll also cover ways to trade seeds with others and prepare those seeds for planting the following year.
Meet at Barber House on Hillsdale Street.

Cost: $3 per person. Space is limited; sign up by September 2.

Saturday, September 20
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

We Love Apples! - Children’s program

Apples and fall go together, but what makes these fruits so special? Discover the amazing apple—its many uses, the legends and lore, the science behind the growth of an apple, and the beauty and fun of this fruit. Activities include stories, games, crafts, and apple tasting! Ages 6-12 and ages 3-5 if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Cost: $3 per child. No cost for the accompanying adult. Sign up by September 15.

Saturday, October 11
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Autumn in the Arb – Fun for the whole family

See the Arboretum decked out in its fall foliage finery! Hike the trails, explore the science lab, plant bulbs, go on an insect safari, and make a pine cone spider and yarn web to take home and decorate your room! Fun for the whole family. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Saturday, November 8
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Reading the Landscape: What plants can tell us about where we live

Plants bear silent witness to the conditions through the years in the habitats where they are found. Enjoy a walk on the grounds of Slayton Arboretum and get to know some of the trees and shrubs in new ways. Learn their natural history and the stories they can tell us about the places they live. The walk will begin at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Cost: Free. Ages 7 through adult.

Thursday, December 4
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Winter Lights Festival - Fun for the whole family!

The Barber House Children’s Garden will be illuminated by thousands of lights, creating a winter wonderland through which visitors can stroll. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for warming up inside, and you can make a natural ornament to take home. Poinsettias will be on sale for $10, with profits benefitting the Arboretum.