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In spring, Matthaei and the Arb burst into life. Over 20,000 daffodils in a line emerge and bloom at the Arb The fragrance of lilacs is on the air. Woody plants show off their flowers and the peonies peak in June.
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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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  • Eco-Restoration Workdays - Arb
    Enjoy and learn about the beautiful natural areas at Nichols Arboretum as you contribute to our restoration efforts. Education and tools provided. Individuals welcome to drop-in; groups register in advance. Volunteers under age 18 must submit a permission form prior to participation; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? (734) 647-8528 or tgriffit@umich.edu

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    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 10/13/2012

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

  • Volunteer Opportunity Conservatory Ambassador Training
    After the blossoming glory of the display gardens has faded our visitors can find a welcome retreat in the Conservatory. Ambassadors greet and guide visitors to points of interest and informal learning opportunities. This training will introduce volunteers to the Visitor Services department and cover the basics about the tropical, temperate, and arid biomes and the many fascinating plants that are found in each. Ambassadors commit to two 3-hour shifts per month and attend ongoing educational sessions. Interview and pre-registration required. FULL

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 10/13/2012

    Time: 9 am to 12 pm

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  • Build Your Own Scarecrow
    Build a kid-sized scarecrow to take home! Listen to stories about scarecrows and how farmers relied on them to keep animals from raiding the farm and garden, then build and decorate your own scarecrow to take home. Bring a set of child sized clothing, we provide the rest. $10.00/ child includes activities and materials. 12-YE-23

    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens

    Date: 10/13/2012

    Time: 10 am to 12 pm

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