The Arboretum Grounds are open daily from 7AM to 7PM; Wisner House Gallery is open this Saturday from 10AM to 2PM and Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Please note that masks are required when entering any RRA building and when social distancing requirements cannot be practiced.

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Our Favorite Children's Books


As educators of our next generation environmentalists, we are always on the lookout for children's books to share with the children that visit us here at the Arboretum. Our literature rich programs include, Oaks and Acorns, Arboretum Afternoons, Home School Happenings, Kids Can Cook, and Let's Get Growing. Our student population ranges from PreK to 4th grade but many of the programs can cross grades. The topics we choose are, many times, guided by some of the established children's lite...

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The Butterfly [A]ffect(ed)

I was supposed to write about pollinator gardens, but Hurricane Isaias changed that.
. . . but did it really?  Bear with me as I meander and perhaps stretch a metaphor to its breaking point.

"You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby ... changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole."
— Fic...

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The Little Things

Sometimes when I go for a walk around the grounds I sometimes forget we are in the middle of a pandemic. While Covid-19 has turned our world upside down, the natural world is moving along as if nothing has changed – the flowers are blooming, the bees are pollinating, the fireflies are dancing; nature seems the way it have always been, rather normal. Though in nature, nothing is ever normal.

Whenever I am talking about adaptations, I always tell my audience, "Everything in nature – ...

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