Seven Events In Three Months At Arboretum

UPPER POTTSGROVE PA – A sale of plants native to southeast Pennsylvania, an orienteering race, and a trivia night: those are just three of seven engaging events planned between this Saturday (May 13, 2017) and late July for visitors to the Althouse Arboretum, the trail-filled nature center and township park located at 1794 Gilbertsville Rd. Here’s the latest list of what’s in store:

Native Plant Sale, May 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Arboretum students have worked hard in recent months to bring offer a variety of more than 40 different kinds of plants at its second annual Native Plant Sale. There will be plants for sun and shade, and house plants too. All proceeds support the arboretum. At 9:30 a.m. there will be a student presentation on why you should plant natives. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Plants start at $5.

Orienteering 5K, June 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join the arboretum for a competitive race with a twist. Using a map, find 10 stations set up throughout the woods. Best time wins. This race is about 5K in length but depends on the path you choose! Race solo or as a team! Recommended for 10 and up. $15 per person. Register here.

Trivia Night, June 30, starts at 7 p.m.

Grab a group of friends and join the arboretum for a night of fun and trivia in the great outdoors. It features 10 rounds of trivia, two of them as special lightning rounds. Each group can have as few as 2 or as many as 8 people. Tickets cost $10 per person. Dessert will be provided. Register here, and pay at the door.

Nature Story Time Hike, July 8, starts at 10 a.m.

Come to the arboretum for a morning hike and story, a fun family activity for ages 4-8. Meet Chewy Louie at story time, and then go on a scavenger hunt to look for his mess!

Elephant Ear Casting, July 13, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Elephant Ear (colocasia) is a plant so named because its leaves look like the ears of an elephant. Make elephant ear and other leaf castings to use for decoration or a bird bath. Costs $7 per person, which includes supplies.

Grandparents Day, July 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kids and their grandparents (or parents) can team up for a short hike through the woods, finding the special check points, and completing activities. Enjoy the day outdoors getting active with your family. $5 per person.

Lost And Found Challenge, July 29, starts from 5-7 p.m.

Take a map and complete the adventure course by finding 10 flags along the arboretum’s 1-1/2-mile-long Sprogels Run Trail. It’s a great chance for families to get active together. This event is best for kids 6-12 years old. Start any time between 5 and 7 p.m. $5 per person.

Photo from Althouse Arboretum