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.
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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.
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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:
- Owl Prowl – Saturday, February 23; 6 – 8 p.m. This is event is SOLD OUT. Click here to be added to the wait list.
- Bat & Moth Party – Saturday, April 13; 8 – 11 p.m.
- What Goes HOP in the Night – Friday, May 10; 8 – 10 p.m.
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 Society. Children must be accompanied by an adult during all activities.
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