Slayton Arboretum visitors planting a tree on Arbor Day.

Programs & Events

For more details, contact Laurie Rosenberg, Program Coordinator, [email protected]517-607-2241.

Slayton Arboretum Plant Sale

Thank you to all who supported the plant sale fundraiser to benefit our children’s summer programs! If you would like to check the information on the plants you purchased, click here for a list of full list of the plants and information about their growing conditions.

Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers

Stories in the Garden Program 2019

Children ages 3-6 and an accompanying adult. Program includes story, songs, nature activities, craft and snack. Fun for kids and parents too!

Time and Place: 10:00 – 11:30 AM, first Tues. of each month. Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale St.

Cost: $1.00 per child for each program, space is limited, registration required one week prior. Register for one program or the whole series! Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

  • June 4, 2019 Topic: Characteristics of Plants, Book: Plantzilla
  • July 2, 2019 Topic: Pond Habitat, Book: In the Pond
  • Aug. 13, 2019 Topic: Nature as Inspiration for Art, Book: Camille and the Sunflowers
  • Sept. 3, 2019 Topic: Plant Rhymes, Book: Pea Pod Babies
  • Oct. 1, 2019 Topic: Fruit, Book: A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds
  • Nov. 5, 2019 Topic: Potatoes and Other Plant Harvest, Book: Oliver’s Vegetables
  • Dec. 9, 2019 Topic: Birds, Book: Birds In Winter

Slayton Arboretum Day Camps

Please note that Arboretum Day Camps June 24-28 “Home Is Where The Habitat Is” and August 5-9 “Trips and Trails” are full, we cannot take any more registrations at this time.

“Home is Where the Habitat Is”

Registration full, no openings left
Kinder Gardeners for 5-7 yr. olds
Cost: $35.00

June 24-28, 2019, 9-11:00 AM

Drop off and pick up: Barber House Children’s Garden, 291 Hillsdale St. Parking behind Waterman Residence.

We start with stories, songs and jokes, have hiking adventures to explore the habitats of the Arboretum and discover all the different plants and animals living there, and use them for inspiration for crafts, games and science activities. Daily snacks provided.

Space is limited, registration required by June 14. Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

“Birds, Bugs and Bats, Things that Fly!”

Nature Explorers for 8-9 yr. olds
Cost: $50.00

July 8-12, 2019, 9-11:30 AM

Drop off and pick up: Barber House Children’s Garden, 291 Hillsdale St. Parking behind Waterman Residence.

Some of our favorite Arboretum animals will be featured this week. In addition to our usual stories, songs, jokes games and hikes, we’ll make unique crafts with wings and learn how to identify and protect the flying wonders of our backyards and parks!

Space is limited, registration required by June 28. Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

“Photography”

Nature Explorers for 9-12 yr. olds
Cost: $50.00

Week of July 22-26, 2019, 9-11:30 AM

Drop off and pick up: Barber House Children’s Garden, 291 Hillsdale St. Parking behind Waterman Residence.

Featuring local artist and instructor Pamela Heckel, this week of camp will be filled with hands-on activities. Learn to make photographs of things in nature from unusual points of view. Make photographs with of a cardboard box camera that you build, discover how to create photos of very small subjects such as seeds and insects, and craft fun optical illusions with your camera using forced perspective. Lastly, make your own photography journal using images made during camp. Participants will need a camera.

Space is limited, registration required by July 12. Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

Nature Explorers Trip Camp

Registration full, no openings left
Nature Explorers Trip Camp for 10-13 yr. olds
Cost: $75.00

August, 5-9, 2019, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM M-W,
2:00 PM Thurs – 11:00 AM Fri.

Campers need to bring their own sack lunch every day except Friday. Dinner and breakfast Thurs.-Fri. will be provided.

This camp is for seasoned Day Campers who want to explore adventures beyond the Arboretum. The trips this year will be hiking at Hike Hidden Lake Gardens, biking the Falling Waters Trail, horse Riding at Pokagon State Park, and an afternoon canoe and evening camping trip along Kalamazoo River. Transportation, canoeing and camping gear will be provided. Students need their own bikes for the biking trip and sleeping bag and pad for the camping trip.

Slayton Arboretum Public Programs

Arbor Day at the Arboretum

Sat. April 27, 2019.

Trees take center stage on this day! We are debuting three new self-guided hikes about trees—poetry, cultural history and tree identification. Learn how to plant a tree properly and take part in adding new trees to the Arboretum collection. Take home a tree craft and free seedling to plant. Listen to three “read aloud” books on trees and tree conservation, The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, Just A Dream, by Chris VanAllsburg, and Our Tree Named Steve, by Alan Zweibel.

Ages: Adults and children of all ages.
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations welcome.

Autumn in Arb

October 12, 2019

Visit the arboretum while it is decked out in its colorful foliage finery! Hike the trails and look for fall treasures, plant bulbs, and make a fall craft to take home. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.

Ages: Adults and children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations welcome.

Winter Lights Fest

December 7, 2019

The Barber House Children’s Garden will be illuminated by thousands of lights, creating a winter wonderland through which visitors can stroll, listen to carols and look for clues to a scavenger hunt game. There will be hot chocolate for warming up inside, and you can make an ornament to take home.
Ages: Adults and children of all ages.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations welcome.

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