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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.
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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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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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  • Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens
    An exhibition of black-and-white photographs featuring African American folk gardens captured by artist Vaughn Sills. In the spirit of outsider and folk art traditions, these culurally significant gardens reveal a unique aesthetic that is disappearing from the American landscape. Sills, an associate professor at Simmons College in Boston, traveled throughout the south, photographing gardens in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina along with their creators.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/18/2013 to 3/10/2013

  • Hot Chocolate!
    Mmmm...chocolate! Get a head start on Valentine's Day with our Hot Chocolate program. Explore the rich history of chocolate, learn about why we need to protect the ecology of the cacoa tree, and create delicious chocolate treats to warm up a January day. Class fills quickly; register early to reserve your spot! A Winter Adventure Saturday program. $8.00/child includes materials and activities.

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 1/26/2013

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

  • Winter Stonefly Search
    The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC)  is conducting its annual winter stonefly search Jan. 26. Stoneflies are like the proverbial canary in the coal mine because they help researchers determine the health of a river.

    Two starting times: 10:30 am and noon. For more information and to register visit the HRWC website.

    Regsitration closes January 23.

     

    Location: Off Site

    Date: 1/26/2013

    Time: 10:30 am


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