The North Carolina Arboretum

Great Backyard Bird Count – Sat., Feb. 16 

Come celebrate our fine feathered friends! The Arboretum will celebrate its Great Backyard Bird Count Day on Saturday, February 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-friendly program will include hands-on activities, bird crafts and live bird demonstrations. In addition, participants in the Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE program who submit six “shares” during ornithology season will receive an invitation to a special ecoEXPLORER-only program during the event, as well as free parking at the Arboretum that day. This program is free; however, standard non-member parking fees apply.



Introducing New “Crafty Hour” Social Series

Grab a glass and get hands-on at the Arboretum’s new “Crafty Hour” social series. Led by Melissa Thomas of Flora living boutique, each workshop will feature a new project design that enables participants to craft their own personalized botanical masterpiece while enjoying an afternoon with friends. Held the last Sunday of each month, classes are $67 for Arboretum members/$75 for non-members and include a complimentary beverage, light food, supplies and all-day parking access to the Arboretum. Don’t miss our first event:

  • Bouquets with Your Bestie – Sunday, February 24; 3 – 5 p.m. Celebrate friendship with flowers! Bring your “bestie” and create hand-tied bouquets for each other while enjoying a glass of wine or beer.


In the Dark Exhibit Now Open in the Baker Exhibit Center

Explore the mysteries of the dark at the Arboretum’s new In the Dark exhibit, on display daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 12 inside the Baker Exhibit Center. This family-friendly, hands-on exhibit uncovers the unique ways that animals, plants and humans adapt to areas with little to no light. As part of the exhibit, the Arboretum will host several evening events:

Attendance is free, however, online registration is required, and standard non-member parking fees apply. A suggested five-dollar per person donation is welcomed and will help support The North Carolina Arboretum SocietyChildren must be accompanied by an adult during all activities.