Update: The Arboretum parking lot is now closed to discourage people from gathering in groups. The grounds remain open.
Washington Park Arboretum's Youth and Family Self-Guided Adventures are a great way for individual families to continue getting fresh air and being physically active all while learning and engaging with the natural world, and at the same time following government directives to avoid gathering in groups.
Follow the simple step-by-step instructions; all you need is a phone, your family, the natural world around you, and maybe a writing utensil.
The Three D’s: Discover how to sustainably collect cool natural materials and use them to build a temporary fairy house!
Creative with Colors: Explore natural art by making your own dyes and paints from the nature around you.
Identity Sculpture: What makes you, YOU? Create a temporary nature sculpture that tells your personal story.
Pattern Play: Observe patterns in the outdoors around you. Play a guessing game to search for what your friends and family have found.
Seed Extravaganza: Explore a variety of seeds all over the park! (best in fall)
Sensory Buffet: Can you identify items around you by touch? Taste? Smell? Sound? In this adventure, you and your friends will take turns collecting items to create a feast for the senses.
Squirrel Chase: In this adventure, we’ll practice being extra sneaky as we play a game of predator and prey along the trail.
Super Stewards: Let’s explore some of the signs of human presence in the park and discover how we can be a super park steward!
Tiny Trek: Come on the world’s tiniest trek to see what things we might be overlooking along the trails!