Programs & Events

Programs & Events

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For more details, contact Laurie Rosenberg, Program Coordinator, lrosenberg@hillsdale.edu517-607-2241.

Stories in the Garden for Preschoolers

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.

  • July 6, Topic: Animals in the garden, Book: Whose Garden Is It?
  • Aug. 1st, Topic: Flower patterns, Book: Sunflower Sale
  • Sept. 5, Topic: Compost, Book: Compost By Gosh
  • Oct. 3, Topic: Pumpkins, Book: Too Many Pumpkins
  • Nov. 7, Topic: Fungus, Book: Plants that Never Ever Bloom
  • Dec.5, Topic: Animal tracks, Book: In The Snow, Who’s Been Here?

Slayton Arboretum Day Camps

Kinder Gardeners for 5-7 year olds

Date: June 26-30, “Nature Play”

This is a chance for your child to get outdoors and interact with the real world of nature. We’ll hike, build things, play and invent our own games. There will be stories and art and climbing and wading and digging and exploring.
Space is limited, registration required by June 16. Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

Nature Explorers for 8-12 year olds

Date: July 17 – 21, “Summer Science Fair”

During this week of hands-on exploration, your child will discover how scientists do their thing. We’ll cover a variety of experiments with soil, air, water, plants and animals. At the end of the week we’ll share our results by creating a museum of curiosity at the Stone Lab and hold an Open House science fair with demonstrations for parents and friends.

Kinder Gardeners for 5-7 year olds

Date: July 31 – Aug. 4 “Bug Camp”

If it doesn’t have a skeleton, we’ll consider it a “bug.” That means insects, spiders, worms, snails and clams, protozoa . . . there are more than a million different kinds of spineless creatures, and this camp is for the fearless kids who aren’t bugged by bugs! We’ll collect them, learn about them, get inspired by their weirdness and have fun exploring all the places they hang out.
Space is limited, registration required by August 21

Slayton Arboretum Public Programs

New Program –Night Hike and Perseid Meteor Viewing

Date and Time: August 12, 9:30 – 10:30 PM

The world of the night at the Arboretum has many beautiful and fascinating secrets which will unfold before us as we hike the trails and experience heightened senses when we go without light. If you’ve never watched the Perseid meteor shower, we should be able to catch a few falling stars if conditions are right. There is no cost for this program open to all ages. Meet at the front entrance and come dressed for the weather outside!

Garden Party

Date and Time: Sat. Sept. 9th  2:30 – 4:30 PM

Join us for a celebration of the Barber House Children’s Garden which will be a riot of color, motion, sound and scents. This will be a great time to visit if you have always wanted to know more about the Garden and would like to meet and socialize with the folks who make it happen. We’ll sample herbal teas and garden treats, and try our hands at some lawn games. Don’t forget to wear your best outdoor party hat! Meet at the Barber House on Hillsdale Street.
Ages: Adults and children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Autumn in Arb

Date and Time: Sat. October 7, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Visit the arboretum while it is decked out in its colorful foliage finery! Hike the trails and look for fall treasures, plant bulbs, make a fall craft to take home, and discover which plants are ready for harvest in the fall. Meet at the Arb entrance on Barber Drive.
Ages: Adults and children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Free, donations welcome.

Distinguished Guest Speaker – Dr, Stanley Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, University of Wisconsin, and Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation

Date and Time: October 19, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, informal reception afterwards 8:00 – 8:15 PM

Location: Dow Center Phillips Auditorium

Aldo Leopold penned many definitions of conservation. One concluded that “When the land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land; when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation.” Leopold knew there were many obstacles to conservation, among them: maximizing economic returns from one’s land, exercising the privileges private property, feeling no obligation to act in the public’s interest, suffering no consequences for abusing land, and simply being unaware of how one’s activities affect land. Leopold struggled throughout his career with how to overcome such obstacles. What would it take to induce land owners to practice conservation in the face of inclinations to do otherwise? He observed: “We seem ultimately always thrown back on individual ethics as the basis of land conservation. It is hard to make a man, by pressure of law or money, do a thing which does not spring naturally from his own personal sense of right and wrong.” This line of thinking ultimately led Leopold to his most enduring contribution: his land ethic, reflecting a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity.” Professor Temple will discuss the evolution of Leopold’s thinking and why it remains relevant today.

Hand-made Luminara Workshop

Date and Time: Sat. Nov. 18, 10:00 – 12:00
Luminara are decorative covers for candles or electric lights that illuminate your home or yard with a warm glow during the gloomy days of winter. In this workshop, you will make nature-adorned luminara out of re-cycled glass, metal and plastic to add to your holiday decorations. Space is limited, registration required one week prior. Call the Arboretum at 517-607-2241 to register or send in the registration form.

Ages: Adults and children 8 and up. Cost: $5.00 materials fee. Location: Barber House on Hillsdale St.

Winter Lights Fest

Date and Time: December 9, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

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

Ages: Adults and children of all ages.

Cost: Free, donations welcome.

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