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Bonsai, The Living Art

First of all, it's pronounced "bone-sigh," not banzai. Bonsai means "potted plant" in Japanese, an appropriately understated description of a great – and greatly misunderstood – art form. Banzai, on the other hand, is a Japanese war cry, derived from the phrase "may you live ten thousand years." It seems a little counterintuitive to wish your enemy ten millenia of life, but in fact, this wish was intended for their emperor. The English equivalent might be "God save the king". What ever ba...

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Summer Camp

We just wrapped up our first week here at Elephant Tree Nature Camp. It's crazy how quickly those 5 days flew by! We still have some spaces left in our other camps as well. If you are interested in sending your child to summer camp at the Arboretum, here is a brief overview of what happens each week.

The Elephant Tree Nature Camp is perfect for any kids who enjoy playing outside, learning about the natural world, and making new friends. Every day, we go on a hike, visit our fish pond, ...

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The Monarch Miracle…continued

When the first part of this blog was posted our caterpillar was still inside its chrysalis; and it stayed inside for about 14 days. I was starting to wonder if something went wrong – usually the chrysalis becomes translucent but the one hanging outside our door was still very green. Was the butterfly ever going to emerge? Like a doting parent, I checked on it several times a day hoping that I would catch the moment when it began to crawl out of the chrysalis. As luck would have it, I came i...

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