Hoyt Arboretum offers a variety of field trips and nature programs to get youth outside and to nurture the next generation of environmental stewards.
Tree Time! is scheduled on Mondays at 10am year-round and explores toddler-friendly themes like slugs, spiderwebs, and flowers. Recommended for children ages 2 to 6 year olds.
Pop Up Nature! encourages youth to learn about different science topics through self-led activities. Free to all, Pop Up Nature! is a great way to get acquainted with all that the Arboretum has to offer. This program seasonally runs April to October.
School field trips for elementary students and other private youth groups can be coordinated for parties of between 20 and 60 students. Trips are led by our knowledgeable volunteer Arboretum Naturalists and introduce students to the life cycles, adaptations, and biodiversity of trees.
Family Tours are running weekly on Wednesdays alternating in grade level for youth. This tour will focus on the diverse life cycles and adaptations of trees that allow them to survive in environments from all around the world. Come learn in our living tree museum! All walks are 2 hours and led by our Volunteer Naturalist Educators. This program seasonally runs April to October.
Junior Naturalist program is monthly emails with youth activities for ages 7-12 years old. Each month families will receive an email with STEM focused projects and activities to be done at home, in your neighborhood or at Hoyt Arboretum. Each month will celebrate a seasonal theme to explore environmental science topics and guide youth on hands on activities.
Family Forest Days is a monthly environmental education celebration running April-August. Hoyt Arboretum will be exploring environmental education with activity tables out on the trails. Bring the whole family to learn about new rotating nature topics as you walk through the park.
Discovery Packs are backpacks supplied with field guides, scavenger hunts, magnifying lenses and activity ideas for children in grades K-5th grade. Each pack has enough supplies for a group of up to 5 children with an adult. Packs can be reserved and picked up at the Hoyt Arboretum’s Visitor Center Kiosk. They are perfect for families or small student groups that are looking for self guided exploration of the Arboretum.
Upcoming Youth & Family Events
Family Forest Days- Spring Flowers (In-Person) May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tree Time! Preschool Walk May 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tree Time! Preschool Walk May 31, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Family Forest Days - Pollinators (In-Person) June 19, 2021 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family Forest Day- Birds (In-Person) July 10, 2021 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family Forest Day- Bugs! (In-Person) August 21, 2021 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm