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Children Explore Auburn’s Arboretum and Learn about Nature

Published: 12/02/2019

By: Maria Carol Gebhardt

“Auburn’s Arboretum is much more than just a garden,” explained Morgan Beadles, director of the Donald E. Davis Arboretum. “It is a place of learning for our entire community.”

A class from a local child care center visited the Arboretum and young children had a chance to learn about nature up-close.

The group took a walk through the Arboretum and learned about the native plants throughout the facility. Then, the children heard from educators who shared information about animals including a dessert box turtle and a gray ray snake.

The children learned about the different types of animals and what they should do if they encounter animals in nature.

The young learners then made fun name tags from pieces of wood that came from a fallen Dawn Redwood branch in the Arboretum.

Beadles showed the students how to count the number of rings and that this branch was 17 years old.

After their experience, the group gave Beadles paper hearts signed by all of the students as a sign of appreciation for their day of learning and fun.

“The Arboretum really offers something for everyone in our community,” Beadles added as she encouraged the class to return in the near future.

Thank you to Auburn's Natural History Museum for sharing the animals with these children. 

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