Audio tours

Audio tours

Two audio tours are available at the Visitor's Center:

Adkins Arboretum Audio Tour

This tour offers 35 stops, each providing a mini-lesson about the Arboretum's plant communities and ecology. The sounds of the streams, forests and meadows all play a role in Adkins Arboretum's audio tour—a visitor orientation tool now offered at the Visitor's Center. Hear the voices of Eastern Shore natives, Arboretum staff, ecologists, biologists, teachers, gardeners and volunteers. The audio tour's educational lessons are mixed with entertaining music and humor that make the experience unforgettable. The tour is free with admission.

Learn about skunk cabbage in this audio tour excerpt.

View the audio tour map.

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A Journey Begins: Nature's Role in the Flight to Freedom Audio Tour

This audio tour explores the little-known relationship between nature and the Underground Railroad. Developed by Arboretum staff and volunteers in concert with noted historians Anthony Cohen and Dr. Kate Clifford Larson and consultants Q Media Productions, and funded through generous grant support from Maryland Humanities Council and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, this educational and thought-provoking self-guided tour examines how nature provided both obstacles and opportunities for freedom seekers.

The story of nature and the Underground Railroad also interprets the profound connection between landscapes and historic conditions and events, emphasizing the importance of preserving native landscapes throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. The tour is free with admission.

Listen to a track from A Journey Begins