February 2017

WINTER BOTANY FIELD WALK

Saturday, February 4   

10:00 a.m. to Noon

Enjoy this introduction to winter botany on your walk through the Arboretum’s exhibits with MSU Extension Forestry specialist Dr. Glenn Hughes. Learn how to identify tree and shrub specimens in the winter by characteristics of their twigs, buds, and bark.  Non-members, $5. Please register by February 3.

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: PEANUT BUTTER PINECONE FEEDERS FOR WILDLIFE     

Saturday, February 4

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Birds and other wildlife often need extra food in the winter for fuel and warmth.  Children will enjoy making tasty delights such as peanut butter pinecone feeders and mixing up “bird butter” to attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard.  All materials provided.  Cost: members $3; non-members $5. Call to register by February 3. 

ARBORETUM ARBOR DAY NATIVE PLANT SALE

Saturday, February 18

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

(Members Admitted at 9 a.m.)

Grab a cart and choose from a great selection of native trees and shrubs at our Arbor Day Native Plant Sale. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to assist with plant questions and offer advice on plant selection for your site.  Free Admission.  Use Service Entrance.

A CELEBRATION OF ALDO LEOPOLD

Saturday, February 25

Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. His book, A Sand County Almanac, is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published, and he has come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the twentieth century.

These two programs will be led by MSU Extension Forestry Specialist Dr. Glenn Hughes and Coastal Ecology Specialist Dr. Eric Sparks. Each program, fee is $5 for non-members. Members free. Register by February 24.

READINGS FROM SAND COUNTY ALMANAC

 9:30 a.m. to Noon

Selections from Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac. Books are available for purchase for $6. Participation is encouraged, but not required. Limit 30 persons. Weather permitting, outdoor activities may take place.

“GREEN FIRE” FILM AND DISCUSSION

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

View the documentary film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time”. After the film, there will be a discussion of the film from the perspective of “Aldo”. The afternoon program will include short, selected readings and a “special guest.”