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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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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

When you see a Monarch butterfly flitting past, have you ever paused to think about that insect's remarkable life? Not many insects have as interesting a journey as the Monarch butterfly. This summer we had the opportunity to witness the beginning of this insect's amazing life. I'd like to share it with you.


This story really began early in the summer when a lone milkweed plant began growing outside the Stackhouse Education Center. Having studied Monarch butterflies in the past, ...

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