Saturday, September 9

10:00 a.m. to Noon

Join Dr. Juan Mata for a guided mushroom walk of the Arboretum grounds. Dr. Mata’s students at the University of South Alabama have described him as “the best biology teacher in the South”!  Learn all about fungi’s fascinating ecology, taxonomy, and relationship to mankind. Come dressed to go outside. A knife, gloves, basket or bag are helpful, but not necessary. Members free; $5 for non-members.


Saturday, September 9, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Artist, poet, writer, world traveler, and nature appreciator Erlene Smith will touch on the various elements of art, types of media used for artistic expression, styles and periods of art, and the inspiration for her art and writing. She will discuss the art of writing, how to journal, subjects for writing, writing memories, and the reasons people choose to write.  Reservations requested. Members free; non-members $5. Limited to 20 persons. 

Fall Gallery Exhibit Opening: Erlene Smith

Saturday, September 9, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Opening event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibit runs through November 30.


Friday, Sept. 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

9:00 to Noon, pre-registered school groups

Noon to 2:00 p.m., homeschool groups

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. night collecting

Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Explore the world of entomology with insect collecting, identification, and more, with Extension Entomologist Dr. John Guyton, along with professors and students from the MSU Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology Department! Schools will enjoy a Friday field day, and the evening will offer night-collecting activities (bring your flashlight!). Explore a Buggy Midway with entomology-based children’s crafts from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday. The New Orleans Audubon Institute’s Bugmobile presents from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Field day: Students $2; no charge for teachers or chaperones. Friday evening and Saturday admission, $5 for adults, $2 for children, free for Arboretum members.


Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Photographer Diana Thornton will show you how to get stunning images with your phone camera. Go beyond just snapping photos and start creating stunning, artistic images. Presentation will be followed by a photo walk. Designed for iPhone 5 or newer, but other camera phones welcome. Bring fully charged phone with adequate memory, walking shoes, bug repellant, and notebook. Ages 12 and up. Members free, non-members $7. Reservations requested. Limit, 12 persons.

To guarantee your space, please call the Arboretum office to sign up at 601-799-2311. If programs have filled, walk-ins will not be accepted, in order to avoid overcrowding.