Explorers Club Activity Descriptions
Living Museum Pack: The Arboretum is a tree museum. How do we take care of a museum with a living collection?
Items on bingo cards encourage observation and identification of tree characteristics. There are four different cards, so you can share one card as a group or compete against up to four individuals or teams. Good for a short or long walk. All ages.
Collect & Sort
Objects can be classified and organized in different ways; trees are the objects in the Arboretum’s museum collection. Collect items from around the Arboretum (on the ground only!) and then create a museum exhibit. Good for a short or long walk. All ages.
Champion Tree Challenge
Find the biggest tree of your visit, a.k.a. the champion tree. There are two card sets: yellow cards explore measurement through play, using our bodies as measuring tools. Green cards use real tools, like the ones used by Arboretum staff, to record actual tree measurements. Good for a short or long walk. Yellow cards for younger kids; green cards for older kids.
Save the Plants!
Just like animals, trees can be endangered and need our protection. This activity uses a grid map and themed plant cards to find the location of specific trees. There are two sets of cards; explorers probably won’t have time to do both sets in one visit. About a 1.5 mile walk. Better for older kids.
Science Lab Pack: Let’s be scientists exploring plants. What kind of plant science happens at the Arboretum?
Items on tic-tac-tree cards encourage observation and identification of plants and tools used in science research happening in the Arboretum. There are four different cards, so you can share one card as a group or compete against up to four individuals or teams. Good for a short or long walk. All ages.
Hula Hoop Eyes
Use your senses to create and then test a hypothesis. Set up a hula hoop on the ground and observe what’s inside the circle. Will it be different in a different location? Good for a short walk. All ages, but younger kids will not complete the hypothesis portion.
Is it Alive?
We understand the world by sorting and organizing. Sort picture cards into categories (alive vs. not alive, plant vs. animal), then use the cards to illustrate parts of a tree’s life cycle and look for the parts on a walk. Good for a short or long walk. Suitable for all ages, with modifications.
The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) needs to stay out of the Arboretum! Learn to identify trees using a key, then find trees in the Arboretum to make sure that no ALB is present. About a 1.5 mile walk. Suitable for older kids. (Younger kids could do the identification only, or try to identify and find only a few of the trees.)