Community Programs

Weekend Nature Walks

Who: Families with children ages 10 and younger. 
Where: Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arboretum West Entrance (next to May Museum)
When: Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m. Dates vary, see below.
Cost: Free!
Contact: Katie Bird @ (775) 785-4153 or kbird@washoecounty.us 

Join us every other Saturday for a family friendly walk as we explore the plants and wildlife of the May Arboretum.  Each walk will include a nature themed activity that can be modified for kids of all ages.  The schedule and activities can be found below. Click the link above to see our Facebook event page. Contact the Arboretum Educator for more information.  

More dates coming soon!

Nature Explorers: Nature Journaling for Home Schoolers

Welcome local home school children and parents to a new experimental Arboretum program! Join our educator, Katie, for guided outdoor explorations to learn more about the natural world, get better at drawing, and/or just spend time outside with your family. This program is best suited for ages 8 and up.

What is nature journaling?
Nature journaling is an activity for all ages where one spends time sketching & writing about the things that they experience outdoors. This activity does NOT depend on artistic skill, and instead is a pursuit of observation rather than of drawing mastery. Nature journaling is a valuable educational tool for children and adults alike to ask more questions about nature, and in turn develop a mindset more comfortable with scientific inquiry. Getting better at drawing is just a natural side effect of drawing a lot!

Nature journaling is popular in many home school curriculums, particularly with those using the Charlotte Mason method. We at the Arboretum are proud to include this educational opportunity to our Reno homeschooling community!

Session topics are inspired by Next Generation Science Standards, Nevada Visual Arts Standards, and the California Native Plant Society's Nature Journaling curriculum. Our "Nature Explorer" sessions will be 1-1.5 hours long and, generally, include a short hike, a guided activity, and free journaling time.

Drawing supplies (pencils, colored pencils, erasers) are provided. Feel free to bring additional supplies as you please. Journals must be supplied by the parent(s). Parents are also encouraged to bring a journal  and draw alongside their child. Don't worry if you don't think you're good at drawing -- it's not about making pretty pictures, it's about observation! 

Please register by calling our educator at 775-785-4153, or emailing her at kbird@washoecounty.us

Schedule and Meeting Places:
May 21: Arboretum Office porch 2:30-4pm
June 11: Arboretum Office porch 9:30-11:30am
June 25: Arboretum Office porch 9:30-11:30am
July 9: Arboretum Office porch 9:30-11:30am
July 23: Arboretum Office porch 9:30-11:30am
Aug 6: Arboretum Office porch 9:30-11:30am

Splash into your Watershed!

Who: All ages 
Where: 
Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden Office (next to Ranch House)
When:
Saturday May 18th 10-11:30am
Cost:
Free!
Contact:
Katie Bird @ (775) 785-4153 or kbird@washoecounty.us 

In collaboration with One Truckee River, the May Arboretum presents an interactive walking lecture to celebrate 31 days of river stewardship during the month of May. Our guide will be Natalie Allen, a UNR ecohydrology student. She is excited to raise awareness to protect our Truckee River watershed. Come prepared to learn about changes you can make in your life to positively impact our community's waters!

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes!! We will meet at the Arboretum Office, next to the Ranch house.Click the link above to see our Facebook event page. Contact the Arboretum Educator for more information.  

Blossom Blitz

Who: Everyone!
Where: 
Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden Office (next to Ranch House)
When: June 1st 10am-11:30am 
Cost: Free, just register in advance!
Contact: Katie Bird @ (775) 785-4153 or kbird@washoecounty.us

Explore the petal filled world of the Arboretum in the springtime and learn to identify beautiful flowers! This one time class will feature an indoor lesson on plant identification, followed by a guided outdoor adventure.

Class will be led by Forest Goggin, a UNR student and Arboretum volunteer. We will meet at the Arboretum Office at 10am. Class is free, but please email kbird@washoecounty.us to register! Kids are welcome, but parent attendance is required. 

Friday Bird Walks

Who: Everyone!
Where: 
Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden Office (next to Ranch House)
When: Fridays @4pm. 
Cost: Free!
Contact: Katie Bird @ (775) 785-4153 or kbird@washoecounty.us 

Join us on Friday afternoons to start your weekends right: looking for birds! We'll stroll through the gardens watching and listening for some of the West's most beautiful feathered creatures, while learning a bit about taxonomy and biology. All experience levels are welcome! We have a limited number of binoculars, so if you have them please bring them. Hope to see you there! Click the link above to see our Facebook event page. Contact the Arboretum Educator for more information.  

Upcoming Walks

May 24
May 31
June 7
June 14
June 21
June 28