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Few places on Earth are as beautiful as Michigan on a fine fall day. Stroll through the trails & gardens during the early morning or later afternoon at this special time of year.
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There's always something happening at the Arb & Gardens, whether it's a single cactus blooming in the Conservatory or a few thousand people enjoying Earth Day celebrations. Free guided tours. Prescribed burns. Gardening and art classes for kids and adults. School field trips. Seasonal exhibits. Let our calendar help you find the activity that's right for you and your family.

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  • 5th Annual Michigan Consortium of Botanists (MiCOB) Meeting
    Education, Outreach and Research using public gardens and arboreta.

    • A one-day program that includes keynote speaker, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, and more.
    • Conference registration: $35 ($20 students). Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks.
    • Plus, half-day workshop presented by the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration Friday, October 24, at Matthaei.
    • Full conference information soon.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 10/25/2014

    More info: click here

  • Exhibit at Matthaei: Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts
    Featuring one-of-a-kind artwork created by memory-imaired adults in the U-M Geriatrics Center Silver Club Mild Memory Loss Programs working together with U-M students in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. Students and club members shared experiences and expertise to create this exhibit of evocative pieces that embrace artistic expression in a variety of media from watercolor to charcoal to textile.

    For the students the course heightened their awareness and sensitivity toward those experiencing changes in memory. 
    It also provided them with a holistic perspective of aging and memory loss and allowed them to explore the benefits of creativity and use the expressive arts to improve one’s quality of life. For memory-impaired adults in the class, this was an opportunity to share their insights with young adults. 

    Exhibit runs September 26 through October 26, 2014 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Free admission.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Other Events

    Date: 9/26/2014 to 10/26/2014

    Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm

    More info: click here


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