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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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Bees Prepare for Winter

As the autumn colors begin to emerge and the temperatures start to drop, many animals begin their preparations for the winter ahead. Each type of animal has its own strategy for surviving the cold winter months-bears hibernate, some birds fly south, and squirrels and chipmunks begin storing nuts and seeds for the long days ahead. Insects are no different; many hibernate in various developmental stages, but few are active all winter long.

That's where honey bees are different. Note that...

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Extreme Gardens - An Occasional Series

I have had occasion to write elsewhere about the two gardening extremes, which I refer to as BF and SF. BF stands for brute force, and refers to a garden that achieves its goals by the application of much labor and many resources. SF stands for survival of the fittest, where the garden is established with varying degrees of design and intention, and then allowed to go its own way. Most of our gardens fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum, but this past summer, I was lucky enough to vi...

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