The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Winter is a great time to take a stroll and appreciate the conifers along the trails at the Arb and Gardens. If you wish to avoid the chill of winter, stop into the Conservatory at the Gardens to experience the sights and smells of plants from all over the world.
Check out the bloom calendar.
study spots
Looking for a location to hold a group meeting? We have some of the University's best study spots.

calendar of events

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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Bundle up for a glorious winter hike through the Arb or Gardens. See views normally obscured by foliage. The day after a snow fall is always beautiful and the animal tracks so clear.
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  • Exploring the Brazilian Pantanal
    At 75,000 square miles, the Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world, About 80% of this alluvial floodplain is located in Brazil, and is home to 656 bird species, including the magnificent hyacinth and golden-collared macaws, iconic jabiru stork, and striking helmeted manakin. Mammal watching can be quite good, with chances for giant anteater, marsh deer, giant river otter, and Brazilian tapir. During the dry season, lucky birders may also see the most elusive of forest cats, the jaguar, as it hunts the abundant prey at water's edge. Join Cathy Theisen for this exploration of the dry season Brazilian Pantanal. Cathy is a veterinarian, avid nature watcher and birder, and serves as the education chair for Washtenaw Audubon. Free and open to all.

    For more information, go to www.washtenawaudubon.org

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 1/18/2017

    Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

    More info: click here

  • Exploring the Brazilian Pantanal
    At 75,000 square miles, the Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world, About 80% of this alluvial floodplain is located in Brazil, and is home to 656 bird species, including the magnificent hyacinth and golden-collared macaws, iconic jabiru stork, and striking helmeted manakin. Mammal watching can be quite good, with chances for giant anteater, marsh deer, giant river otter, and Brazilian tapir. During the dry season, lucky birders may also see the most elusive of forest cats, the jaguar, as it hunts the abundant prey at water's edge. Join Cathy Theisen for this exploration of the dry season Brazilian Pantanal. Cathy Theisen is a veterinarian, avid nature watcher and birder, and serves as the education chair for Washtenaw Audubon. Presented by Washtenaw Audubon Society. Free.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Category: Adult Education

    Date: 1/18/2017

    Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

    More info: click here


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