VIRTUAL EDUCATION RESOURCES

In-person programs are on hold, but opportunities for education are limitless. See below for virtual ways to connect with the natural world, and check back frequently for new offerings.


Self-Guided Family-Friendly Activities


TAKE IT WITH YOU! 

Each week, we’ll be offering a family-friendly “Take It with You!” activity to add an extra layer of fun to your next Arboretum walk. Download a PDF, or simply snap a photo with your phone. A copy will also be posted on the back entrance of the Visitor’s Center, along with other information to keep you up to date.


ADKINS FIELD GUIDES

The Adkins Arboretum Field Guide series serves as an introduction to some of the 600-plus species of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns that can be found on our grounds. Whether you are able to visit us in person or only through the guides, we hope you will find these videos and support materials with activities as a helpful starting point in exploring the natural world around you—or as an aid in introducing a young naturalist to the wonders of the wild. We’ve purposefully included only select points of identification and a few examples of ecological benefits and cultural significance for each species—the rest is up to you.

View the Adkins Field Guide series here.


Other Resources


SYLVAN GREEN EARTH VIDEOS

Arboretum Science Advisor Sylvan Kaufman creates wonderful short education videos about the natural history of some of the plants on the Arboretum grounds. 

Each of these videos is packed with information on identification, plant-animal interactions, and some human uses for the plant. 

Click here to view Sylvan's catalog of YouTube videos.


WHAT'S IN BLOOM?

Illustrated guides of each month's blooming plants or plants with special seasonal interest can be viewed here.
 


LIVING COLLECTIONS DATABASE

Adkins Arboretum maintains a living collections database and web mapping platform that allows visitors and staff to research plants found on the property. The database allows users to search for a plant by its scientific or common name, or by what is currently blooming. This search yields extensive information about the plant habit, growing conditions, habitat, phenology, and ethnobotanical information. Click here to access the database.