Adkins Arboretum Offers Free Admission Sept. 25 and Oct. 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - SEPTEMBER 15, 2010)

Adkins Arboretum will waive admission fees on Sat., Sept. 25 in recognition of Smithsonian magazine's sixth annual Museum Day. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Museum Day reflects the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's museums in Washington, D.C. Doors of museums and cultural institutions nationwide will be open free of charge.

The public is invited on Museum Day to explore the Arboretum's 400 acres of native woodlands, wetlands, gardens and meadows along four miles of maintained paths; join a guided walk at 11 a.m.; and view the artwork of Kelly Adams. Visitors can also enjoy an audio tour that provides lessons about the Arboretum's plant communities and ecology. A variety of native perennials, trees, shrubs and grasses will be available for fall planting. Arboretum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can gain free admission by mentioning Museum Day or by printing tickets at http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.

Admission will also be waived on Sun., Oct. 3 for the Arboretum's quarterly Free Admission Sunday.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre living museum, native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.