Take a self-guided tour of some of our favorite trees on the grounds. Check our digital map for the tree trek, download a brochure or pick one up in the visitors center.
Scavenger Hunt Tree Trek Challenge
May 22 and 23
The perfect outlet for those looking for fresh air and team competition. Join in this fun scavenger hunt with up to 14 friends (Team limit is 15 or no more than 3 households). The competition will have up to 72 teams with the winning team completing the scavenger hunt with correct answers to clues in the shortest time. Champion will be announced on National Scavenger Hunt Day, May 24. Each member of the winning team will win bragging rights as well as an Arb tote goodie bag.
$30 per team plus gate admission for each team member
In-person registration will be allowed if not sold out.
Find Arb the Tree Gnome
Arb the Tree Gnome is a fun-loving creature who likes to explore. As his name implies, he especially loves to learn about trees. You can find him touring our tree collections and hanging around interesting trees throughout the Season of Trees. When you find him, answer the fill-in-the-blank trivia question. Collect the letters found on each gnome and unscramble them to find the answer. Collect all 24 answers for a chance to win Arb the Tree Gnome or one of his friends at the end of the Season of Trees. Click here to play.
Flora and Fauna Illustrata Coloring Pages
Want to get a jump on Arbor Day activities? We’ve turned images from the Andersen Horticultural Library’s Flora & Fauna Illustrata (FFI) collection into coloring pages. Help us celebrate this wonderful collection by adding your own artistic touch. When you’re done coloring, email a photo of your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we might post it on our Nature Notes blog, Instagram or Facebook.
Create a Pollinatory-Friendly Yard
There are many trees, shrubs and vines that are also favorites of bees, butterflies and other pollinators. You can add seasonal interest to your landscape while providing food and habitat for beneficial insects and birds. Use this guide from Univeristy of Minnesota Extension to find the right tree or shrub for your yard.
Self-Guided Digital Map Tours
Take a self-guided tour of interesting trees in the Crabapple Collection through May 31, and explore the Pine Collection starting June 1 on our digital map.
Turning Over a New Leaf Exhibit
The Andersen Horticultural Library’s latest exhibit, “Turning Over a New Leaf,” is centered on an especially rare book from 1755: Traité des Arbres et Arbustres or Treatise on Trees and Shrubs. A new page of this book and others will be displayed in the library each week through October 31.