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ARBORETUM NATURE KIDS

FALL 2020 ONSITE CAMP PROGRAM

Arboretum Nature Kids is a school-year enrichment program designed to provide children with joyful experiences in nature, exciting hands-on activities, and meaningful peer interactions, all in a safe setting.  By integrating playful exploration of our gardens with nature-themed science and art activities, Arboretum Nature Kids unlocks entirely new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace while fostering socialization and healthy child development.

All sessions are from 1:30-5:30pm:

September Session:  9/14/20-10/9/20

October Session:  10/12/20-11/6/20

November Session:  11/9/20-12/4/20

December Session:  12/6/20-12/18/20

 

Click HERE for full program details and registration information.

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ARBORETUM NATURE KIDS

FALL 2020 ONSITE CAMP PROGRAM

Arboretum Nature Kids is a school-year enrichment program designed to provide children with joyful experiences in nature, exciting hands-on activities, and meaningful peer interactions, all in a safe setting.  By integrating playful exploration of our gardens with nature-themed science and art activities, Arboretum Nature Kids unlocks entirely new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace while fostering socialization and healthy child development.

All sessions are from 1:30-5:30pm:

September Session:  9/14/20-10/9/20

October Session:  10/12/20-11/6/20

November Session:  11/9/20-12/4/20

December Session:  12/6/20-12/18/20

 

Click HERE for full program details and registration information.

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Register here for Wednesday, November 4, 5:30-6:45pm. Register here for Wednesday, November 11, 5:30-6:45pm. Register here for Wednesday, November 18, 5:30-6:45pm.

With careful consideration of safety guidelines, we are delighted to bring back yoga.  Classes are limited to 15. Masks and social distancing will be required. This class is also offered on Saturday mornings at 8:30-9:45am. *Please arrive 10 minutes before class to ensure you have time to check in!  Refunds will not be granted to registered guests who miss the class due to tardiness.   Step into the shady sanctuary of our gardens’ lush foliage and learn to release tension in your mind and body. Yoga has been celebrated for millennia for its ability to improve circulation, build mobility and flexibility, and support physical and psychological balance. Our gentle all-levels Garden Yoga program accesses the Arboretum’s natural tranquility to deepen your body’s capacity to heal and strengthen itself. Brie Wakeland received her 200 hour yoga instructor certification in Rishikesh, India. She has practiced privately for 16 years and has taught in group settings since 2013. Recently she became certified to also teach children through both Yoga for Youth and Zooga Yoga. Her mission is to help each individual find a yoga practice that works best for them. Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or email at education@arboretum.org. [post_title] => Yoga in the Garden - Evenings [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => yoga-in-the-garden-evenings [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-19 17:52:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-19 17:52:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.arboretum.org/?post_type=events&p=35651 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [META] => 1146946 [meta_value] => 2020-11-18 17:30:00 [day] => 18 [time] => 5:30PM [theRow] => 2 ) [3] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 32099 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2020-04-29 11:00:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-29 11:00:51 [post_content] => The Arboretum Library's book group explores the portrayal of western North American landscape in fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry, letters, graphic novels, etc.  The group generally meets the last Wednesday of the month in the Arboretum Library or out on the Arboretum grounds, weather and sunlight permitting.  Some dates are not the last Wednesday. Check the dates below. The group uses the Shared Inquiry™ method developed by the Great Books Foundation.  The discussion is greatly enhanced if the chosen book of the month is read. New participants are always welcome!  Click here to see the questions already asked for this year's past books and check out the history of the book club by hovering on the tab and see all the previous years and books to explore. COVID-19 Response: This group has decided to move the book club to Zoom for the immediate future. Please be sure to RSVP to Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org if you would like to participate in a specific meeting.  You will be sent the Zoom link for that meeting. For more information and to be added to the e-mail reminder list about the Book Group, please contact, Arboretum Librarian, Susan Eubank, at 626-821-3213 or Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org.  Please be sure to RSVP to Susan if you plan to attend.

November 18, 2020

  Maximum Sunlight by Meagan Day, Oakland, CA: E.M. Wolfman, [2016] ISBN: 9780998346106. “Like most of the people she interviewed for [the book, the author] first visited Tonopah, Nevada, by chance, just passing through on her way to somewhere else…[The book] is a long piece of investigative journalism and a short, intimate work of nonfiction. Day’s writing is observant and respectful, rooted in her personal experience. She moves, sometimes uncomfortably, in the proximity of strangers, revealing her thoughts in the moment and her reflections afterward. She shares doubts about her professionalism, analyzes her prejudices, confesses her fears. She never denies her assumptions, but she also doesn’t trust them. Her book is propelled by curiosity — about herself as much as others." — Olivia Durif , Los Angeles Review of Books Maximum Sunlight is a timely and incisive portrait of the people, communities, anxieties, and contradictions that make up what many think of--now, more than ever, after the 2016 election--as rural white America. Told through a series of candid interviews and sharp observations of town life in tiny Tonopah, Nevada, journalist Meagan Day and photographer Hannah Klein create a book that is both traditional reportage and searching portrait of this eccentric and yet archetypal desert town. Day, a journalist and editor, writes with Didion's penetrating keenness for detail and Stegner's sense of the beauty and spareness of life in the west--illustrated throughout by Klein's striking color photo-spreads of desolate vistas, dilapidated houses, and cluttered shelves of clown figurines and neo-Nazi paraphernalia. The unexpected brightness and shocking depth of color in the photographs juxtapose the harshness and expanse of Tonopah's exteriors with the sharpness and peculiarity of its interiors. Tonopah is a town of former skinheads, drunks, pawnshop owners, drifters, lifers, day laborers, military contractors, and 4H moms. It is a town of casino bars, a highly classified military base, UFO sightings, ghosts of dead miners, and a massive solar energy plant. It's most notable attraction is a clown-themed motel next to a 19th century miners' graveyard. Written in the years leading up to the 2016 election, the book emerges as a vital and nuanced portrait of white identity and experience in an era in which rural isolationism and white nationalism have been thrust into the national spotlight.

February 24, 2021

East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte Edited by By Romeo Guzmán, Carribean Fragoza, Alex Sayf Cummings, & Ryan Reft, New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2020]. ISBN: 9781978805484. “.The editors of [the book] see deeper truths. Greater El Monte, it turns out, is the setting for a story as rich and tangled as the flora that still covers the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, a patch of parkland that lies, relatively unspoiled, in the watershed the El Montes call home. East of East is a crowd-sourced history of the community, with essays by 31 contributors, many of whom draw from the archive of oral histories, photographs, and documents assembled by the activists of the South El Monte Arts Posse.” — Héctor Tobar, Los Angeles Review of Books East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte, is an edited collection of thirty-one essays that trace the experience of a California community over three centuries, from eighteenth-century Spanish colonization to twenty-first century globalization. Employing traditional historical scholarship, oral history, creative nonfiction and original art, the book provides a radical new history of El Monte and South El Monte, showing how interdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship can break new ground in public history. East of East tells stories that have been excluded from dominant historical narratives--stories that long survived only in the popular memory of residents, as well as narratives that have been almost completely buried and all but forgotten. Its cast of characters includes white vigilantes, Mexican anarchists, Japanese farmers, labor organizers, civil rights pioneers, and punk rockers, as well as the ordinary and unnamed youth who generated a vibrant local culture at dances and dive bars.

March 31, 2021

Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival, by Velma Wallis, New York Harper Collins 1993. ISBN: 0060975849. “In a straightforward and engaging manner...Wallis retells the traditional Athabascan legend of a nomadic tribe, caught in a brutally harsh winter, that can no longer care for a pair of old women who have become somewhat of a burden to them. Faced with imminent starvation, the tribe decides to leave the women,...behind. Once the old women have recovered from the initial shock of being abandoned, they begin an unexpectedly spirited battle against the cruelest of elements...Rediscovering the skills they learned in their youth, the women defy their death sentence...The conclusion affirms the importance of community, respect, and mutual contribution.”  Vanessa Holford , VCU Scholar Compass An Athabascan Indian of Alaska's Yukon flats, author Velma Wallis retells a classic legend wherein two old women are abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine and must survive on their own or die trying. A wise and simple story now in paperback. Winner of a 1993 Western State Book Award.

April 28, 20201

The Cockroaches of Stay More by Donald Harington, San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1989. ISBN: 0151182701. “Harington dips into allegory, and almost dispenses with any human characters, by describing the run-down later days of his town. The animals who inherit its ruins, and worship Man, tell the present-day tale... Their foibles and personal epiphanies bring to the reader a sense of the timeless nature of love, longing, and passion. This sensitive and unconventional story was dedicated to Harington's grown daughters and stepson, and became a bedtime tale that he never told — nor that anyone would expect. And yet, like the best children's tales, it can disturb the sensibilities of adults much more. Doom, for the roaches, is rung out in a deep bell that's almost beyond their power of hearing — as other bells of truth, about the transience of love, may be for human readers..”— Steve Reed, Monadnock Review "Harington turns to the insect world of his Ozark town of Stay More. The cockroach community perambulate on gitalongs and apprehend their environment through sniffwhips. Maidens dance to the scents and sounds of the bewitching Purple Symphony of early evening. The faithful attend prayer meetings - the exalted Lord is Man, of the Holy House, (so called because when He's drunk He shoots holes in the walls with His guns). Meet our hero Squire Sam Ingledew, an intrepid fighter, philosopher, and leader, afflicted by deafness - and by acute bashfulness in the presence of females. Meet the lovely Letitia Dingletoon, who lives with her Maw, Paw, and forty-two siblings in an old log, and is in a fair way of losing her virginity. The cast of characters is rounded out with a few mammals, and mythological critters too. There is cliff-hanging action, there is merrymaking. So come visit, and stay more in this fanciful irreverent underworld."--BOOK JACKET.

May 26, 2021

Prison Truth: The Story of the San Quentin News by William J. Drummond, Oakland, California : University of California Press, ©2020. ISBN: 0520298365 “Drummond’s book is about the recent rebirth of ... a newspaper written, edited, and published by inmates at San Quentin prison. This newspaper delivered something the world has for too long suppressed: humanizing stories of prisoners, told by prisoners...News has great influence over public opinion; who creates the news affects where that influence takes us as a society. ...For anyone concerned with the prison reform movement, it is critical to engage with the media portrayals of inmates. And for that, Prison Truth is an essential book.”— Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein Los Angeles Review of Books San Quentin State Prison, California's oldest prison and the nation's largest, is notorious for once holding America's most dangerous prisoners. But in 2008, the Bastille-by-the-Bay became a beacon for rehabilitation through the prisoner-run newspaper the San Quentin News. Prison Truth tells the story of how prisoners, many serving life terms, transformed the prison climate from what Johnny Cash called a living hell to an environment that fostered positive change in inmates' lives. Award-winning journalist William J. Drummond takes us behind bars, introducing us to Arnulfo García, the visionary prisoner who led the revival of the newspaper. Drummond describes how the San Quentin News, after a twenty-year shutdown, was recalled to life under an enlightened warden and the small group of local retired newspaper veterans serving as advisers, which Drummond joined in 2012. Sharing how officials cautiously and often unwittingly allowed the newspaper to tell the stories of the incarcerated, Prison Truth illustrates the power of prison media to humanize the experiences of people inside penitentiary walls and to forge alliances with social justice networks seeking reform.

June 30, 2021

Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral translated and edited by Doris Dana, Baltimore : Hopkins University, 1979. ISBN: 9780801812569 “...She was: attentive to the present, dominated by the conscience of her deeds and of the course that history takes, incapable of refusing the claims of those who suffer from hunger or thirst for justice and love... It would almost be impossible to distinguish between art and life or to say if there is more authentic poetry in her verses than in her acts. Everything she did, said, and wrote was in some way saturated with that poetic air, revealing the marvelous, if somewhat delicate balance between the ‘is’ and the ‘should be.'” — Margot Arce de Vazquez, Gabriela Mistral: The Poet and Her Work "The work of the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in literature is translated with fine sensitivity. Each poem reflects the contained and tragically luminous spirit of this unique Chilean woman."-- Publishers Weekly  
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ARBORETUM NATURE KIDS

FALL 2020 ONSITE CAMP PROGRAM

Arboretum Nature Kids is a school-year enrichment program designed to provide children with joyful experiences in nature, exciting hands-on activities, and meaningful peer interactions, all in a safe setting.  By integrating playful exploration of our gardens with nature-themed science and art activities, Arboretum Nature Kids unlocks entirely new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace while fostering socialization and healthy child development.

All sessions are from 1:30-5:30pm:

September Session:  9/14/20-10/9/20

October Session:  10/12/20-11/6/20

November Session:  11/9/20-12/4/20

December Session:  12/6/20-12/18/20

 

Click HERE for full program details and registration information.

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Register here for Saturday, November 7, 8-10am. Register here for Saturday, November 14, 8-10am. Register here for Saturday, November 21, 8-10am. Register here for Saturday, November 28, 8-10am.

Enrollment is limited to 15 for this evening class. Masks and social distancing will be required. Advance online registration is required for Full Moon Forest Bathing. Sorry no drop-ins. Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us. On your walk, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at the Los Angeles Arboretum. There’s no right or wrong way to do it and it’s great for all ages; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest. *Please arrive 10 minutes before class to ensure you are not left behind!  Refunds will not be granted to registered guests who miss the walk due to tardiness.   [post_title] => Forest Bathing [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => forest-bathing-4 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-19 17:39:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-19 17:39:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.arboretum.org/?post_type=events&p=35645 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [META] => 1146800 [meta_value] => 2020-11-21 08:00:00 [day] => 21 [time] => 8:00AM [theRow] => 2 ) [6] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 35653 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2020-10-19 17:52:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-19 17:52:04 [post_content] =>

Register here for Saturday, November 7, 8:30-9:45am. Register here for Saturday, November 14, 8:30-9:45am. Register here for Saturday, November 21, 8:30-9:45am. Register here for Saturday, November 28, 8:30-9:45am.

With careful consideration of safety guidelines, we are delighted to bring back yoga.  Classes are limited to 15. Masks and social distancing will be required. This class is also offered on Saturday mornings at 8:30-9:45am. *Please arrive 10 minutes before class to ensure you have time to check in!  Refunds will not be granted to registered guests who miss the class due to tardiness.   Step into the shady sanctuary of our gardens’ lush foliage and learn to release tension in your mind and body. Yoga has been celebrated for millennia for its ability to improve circulation, build mobility and flexibility, and support physical and psychological balance. Our gentle all-levels Garden Yoga program accesses the Arboretum’s natural tranquility to deepen your body’s capacity to heal and strengthen itself. Brie Wakeland received her 200 hour yoga instructor certification in Rishikesh, India. She has practiced privately for 16 years and has taught in group settings since 2013. Recently she became certified to also teach children through both Yoga for Youth and Zooga Yoga. Her mission is to help each individual find a yoga practice that works best for them. Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or email at education@arboretum.org. [post_title] => Yoga in the Garden - Mornings [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => yoga-in-the-garden-mornings [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-19 17:52:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-19 17:52:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.arboretum.org/?post_type=events&p=35653 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [META] => 1147018 [meta_value] => 2020-11-21 08:30:00 [day] => 21 [time] => 8:30AM [theRow] => 2 ) [7] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 36559 [post_author] => 17 [post_date] => 2020-10-28 20:06:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-28 20:06:54 [post_content] =>

Introducing the Arboretum’s first-ever Whole-Family Yoga program!

Click CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

4 Week Saturday Series:  November 21, 28, December 5, 12 Time: 11:15am-12pm Series Cost Per Person: $60 Members; $68 Non-Members Price includes admission to the Arboretum. *For Arboretum members, remember to create your Arboretum account to get the discount at checkout. For instructions on how to create an account click here. To create an account click here. In this gentle, all-levels yoga series, we explore a nature-based theme each week with a correlating technique. Themes include Earth, Air, Mountains, and Fire. Immersed in the Arboretum’s natural tranquility, we will use our imaginations to deepen our body’s capacity to heal and strengthen itself while working on our grounding, calming, focus, and concentration. With the goal of building the strength of the Whole Family, everyone is welcome. See you outside!
  • WEEK 1: Earth- We will approach this class with a theme of grounding. When times are uncertain: we have a test we’re nervous about, an important meeting, or maybe just the world has us fuzzy- we ground ourselves! We find our center. We will learn poses and techniques that are about grounding-how can we stay in this present moment?
  • WEEK 2: Trees- This class will incorporate different breathing exercises! We have Bee’s breath, Lion’s breath, and more. We will talk about our integral relationship with the trees, and how breathing is the one thing we will do for our entire life! We will learn about how to involve our breath while we move and do yoga. How the breath leads us in this practice.
  • WEEK 3: Mountains- What we know about mountains is that they are still! What great teachers! In this class we will learn how to cultivate stillness. This class will be based around mindfulness techniques and balance! How can we balance our lives and our emotions? We do this through practicing balance in the body. We will learn about focus and concentration.
  • WEEK 4: Fire- What respect we have for fire! Let’s look at how much fire gives to us! This class will be about fire. We acknowledge how fire cooks our food and our food gives us energy. So this class we will break a sweat! We will learn how to create that internal heat in our bodies and how to direct our energy, using the techniques we have learned in all of our previous classes.
THE VALUE OF FAMILY YOGA- There’s so many reasons to be offering classes for the whole family at this moment. You have likely been spending a lot of time with our close family unit over the past 6 months, possibly more time than we ever have! Maybe you have even run out of ideas for family activities. This series will serve as an extension of opportunities and play that can be incorporated into daily or weekly life in the home. In addition to what I offer in the during the class, the instructor will provide caregivers with a digital archive of resources. This will include all of the lessons we have done over the course series, with photos and cues so they are easy to recall as well as ideas for other ways to incorporate mindful movement at home, providing tools that are integral for social, emotional, and physical development. *Mats and blankets are not provided- Please bring your own. *Classes are limited to 15 participants. *Masks are required for all participants 2 years of age and older. *Social distancing is required throughout the class. *Health screenings will be conducted prior to class participation. *Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for parking and health screening. About the Instructor:  Blaire Embrey starting training in dance at 4 years old, thus beginning her foundational practice of movement as healing. After 17 years of dance, she received her Childspace certification, a Feldenkrais based practice, that brings the trainees through their own physical re-birth. Her practice focuses on working with children and their parents by fostering development through play, encouraging this internal Wisdom to develop and bloom from birth.  In August of 2019 she completed her 300 hour Shamanic Yoga Certification. Her primary source of education has been through Medicine Wheel trainings and Mastery Trainings in Canada, Mexico, and Peru.
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Introducing “Acorns & Oaks!”

Be among the first seeds to sprout in this exciting new early childhood series!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  

Six Sundays Series: January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th Session 1: 9:15-10:15am; Session 2: 10:30-11:30am *November 8th -December 13th Session SOLD OUT.  

PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES ONE PARENT AND ONE CHILD.  Additional siblings and parents may join at the fees below:

Members: $205 per one-parent/one-child pair; Non-Members: $215 per one-parent/one-child pair  *Additional Sibling: Members: $102.50 per additional sibling; Non-Members: $107.50 per additional sibling *Additional Parent: Members: $102.50 per additional parent; Non-Members: $107.50 per additional parent  *This program is for children 5 years old and younger *For Arboretum members, remember to create your Arboretum account to get the discount at checkout. For instructions on how to create an account click here. To create an account click here. *This program has been modified from its original format to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines.  All participants two years old and above are required to wear protective face coverings.  Social distancing will be in place throughout the program, arranged by the instructor.  Families will have individual sets of supplies so that objects are not shared by different hands.  Groups will not exceed 15 participants, and health screenings of all participants (including temperature checks) will be conducted before the beginning of each class.   Acorns & Oaks is a unique, homegrown, parent-child educational program that is rooted in whole-child philosophy & developmental play. Starting November, you can experience this wonderful program in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum! Designed to provide outdoor, nature-based learning experiences for babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 5, the goal is to help our little acorns grow into mighty oaks!  Acorns & Oaks fosters parent and child bonding through tactile play with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration. The program provides little ones with a natural environment in which to practice and further develop all growing abilities, particularly gross/fine motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. It also offers parents and caregivers the much-needed time to socialize and relax in a beautiful setting. The program is mixed-age for a “family learning” style, and siblings are warmly encouraged. All domains of development are nourished through intentional teaching and hands-on learning. A simple curriculum, group singing, & nurturing tactile play offer the perfect growth experience. Sessions offer direct contact with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration. One of the most affordable and value-packed parent & me programs in the area, Acorns & Oaks is led by Betsy Edelberg, founder of Playgroup Los Angeles. Acorns & Oaks is mixed age for a family learning style, and siblings are welcome. Questions? Please contact Brooke Applegate at brooke.applegate@arboretum.org

“Acorns & Oaks” classes are taught by Betsy Edelberg (founder of Playgroup LA) who has taught hundreds of parents and children over 12 years! Betsy holds a degree in Child Development. She has certifications in Children’s Yoga, Brain Gym, and training in Waldorf Early Child Education. *** THE VALUE OF OUTDOOR PARENT-CHILD LEARNING: Why does nature-based learning matter?  Nature-based learning provides children with boundless opportunities for mindfulness and self-centering.  By organically inspiring children to stop, listen, and look around, immersion in nature fine-tunes children’s observation and self-soothing skills, allowing them to check in with the world around them.  In addition to fostering stewardship for the environment and respect for other living creatures, strengthening immune systems, cultivating executive function and socialization skills, and setting up patterns for an active lifestyle, research shows us that outdoor learning supports a broad spectrum of healthy child development.  According to a study by the American Institutes of Research, outdoor classrooms and other nature-based learning experiences significantly boost academic performance.  They found that students in outdoor science programs improved their testing scores by 27 percent!  Whereas the traditional classroom can be concurrently overstimulating and limiting, learning with, in, and through nature offers children the opportunity to engage all of their senses in vibrant ways, touching and experimenting with things in a way that the pages of a textbook in a classroom could never do.  Additionally, as children are naturally inclined to play when outdoors, nature-based learning supports play-based-learning, a powerful tool in emotionally imprinting learning on the human psyche (for children and adults alike!).  “Acorns & Oaks” provides children with the opportunity to reap all of these benefits while simultaneously bonding with you through joyful joint activities.  (And don’t forget that strong immune systems, playtime, socialization and physical activity are just as good for adults too!)  [post_title] => Acorns & Oaks [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => acorns-oaks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-13 22:02:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-13 22:02:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.arboretum.org/?post_type=events&p=29986 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [META] => 795891 [meta_value] => 2020-11-22 09:15:00 [day] => 22 [time] => 9:15AM [theRow] => 2 ) [9] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 29986 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2019-12-28 21:45:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-28 21:45:59 [post_content] =>

Introducing “Acorns & Oaks!”

Be among the first seeds to sprout in this exciting new early childhood series!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.  

Six Sundays Series: January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th Session 1: 9:15-10:15am; Session 2: 10:30-11:30am *November 8th -December 13th Session SOLD OUT.  

PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES ONE PARENT AND ONE CHILD.  Additional siblings and parents may join at the fees below:

Members: $205 per one-parent/one-child pair; Non-Members: $215 per one-parent/one-child pair  *Additional Sibling: Members: $102.50 per additional sibling; Non-Members: $107.50 per additional sibling *Additional Parent: Members: $102.50 per additional parent; Non-Members: $107.50 per additional parent  *This program is for children 5 years old and younger *For Arboretum members, remember to create your Arboretum account to get the discount at checkout. For instructions on how to create an account click here. To create an account click here. *This program has been modified from its original format to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines.  All participants two years old and above are required to wear protective face coverings.  Social distancing will be in place throughout the program, arranged by the instructor.  Families will have individual sets of supplies so that objects are not shared by different hands.  Groups will not exceed 15 participants, and health screenings of all participants (including temperature checks) will be conducted before the beginning of each class.   Acorns & Oaks is a unique, homegrown, parent-child educational program that is rooted in whole-child philosophy & developmental play. Starting November, you can experience this wonderful program in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum! Designed to provide outdoor, nature-based learning experiences for babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 5, the goal is to help our little acorns grow into mighty oaks!  Acorns & Oaks fosters parent and child bonding through tactile play with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration. The program provides little ones with a natural environment in which to practice and further develop all growing abilities, particularly gross/fine motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. It also offers parents and caregivers the much-needed time to socialize and relax in a beautiful setting. The program is mixed-age for a “family learning” style, and siblings are warmly encouraged. All domains of development are nourished through intentional teaching and hands-on learning. A simple curriculum, group singing, & nurturing tactile play offer the perfect growth experience. Sessions offer direct contact with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration. One of the most affordable and value-packed parent & me programs in the area, Acorns & Oaks is led by Betsy Edelberg, founder of Playgroup Los Angeles. Acorns & Oaks is mixed age for a family learning style, and siblings are welcome. Questions? Please contact Brooke Applegate at brooke.applegate@arboretum.org

“Acorns & Oaks” classes are taught by Betsy Edelberg (founder of Playgroup LA) who has taught hundreds of parents and children over 12 years! Betsy holds a degree in Child Development. She has certifications in Children’s Yoga, Brain Gym, and training in Waldorf Early Child Education. *** THE VALUE OF OUTDOOR PARENT-CHILD LEARNING: Why does nature-based learning matter?  Nature-based learning provides children with boundless opportunities for mindfulness and self-centering.  By organically inspiring children to stop, listen, and look around, immersion in nature fine-tunes children’s observation and self-soothing skills, allowing them to check in with the world around them.  In addition to fostering stewardship for the environment and respect for other living creatures, strengthening immune systems, cultivating executive function and socialization skills, and setting up patterns for an active lifestyle, research shows us that outdoor learning supports a broad spectrum of healthy child development.  According to a study by the American Institutes of Research, outdoor classrooms and other nature-based learning experiences significantly boost academic performance.  They found that students in outdoor science programs improved their testing scores by 27 percent!  Whereas the traditional classroom can be concurrently overstimulating and limiting, learning with, in, and through nature offers children the opportunity to engage all of their senses in vibrant ways, touching and experimenting with things in a way that the pages of a textbook in a classroom could never do.  Additionally, as children are naturally inclined to play when outdoors, nature-based learning supports play-based-learning, a powerful tool in emotionally imprinting learning on the human psyche (for children and adults alike!).  “Acorns & Oaks” provides children with the opportunity to reap all of these benefits while simultaneously bonding with you through joyful joint activities.  (And don’t forget that strong immune systems, playtime, socialization and physical activity are just as good for adults too!)  [post_title] => Acorns & Oaks [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => acorns-oaks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-13 22:02:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-13 22:02:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.arboretum.org/?post_type=events&p=29986 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [META] => 1153956 [meta_value] => 2020-11-22 10:30:00 [day] => 22 [time] => 10:30AM [theRow] => 8 ) [10] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 22872 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-10-23 23:27:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-23 23:27:35 [post_content] =>

ARBORETUM NATURE KIDS

FALL 2020 ONSITE CAMP PROGRAM

Arboretum Nature Kids is a school-year enrichment program designed to provide children with joyful experiences in nature, exciting hands-on activities, and meaningful peer interactions, all in a safe setting.  By integrating playful exploration of our gardens with nature-themed science and art activities, Arboretum Nature Kids unlocks entirely new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace while fostering socialization and healthy child development.

All sessions are from 1:30-5:30pm:

September Session:  9/14/20-10/9/20

October Session:  10/12/20-11/6/20

November Session:  11/9/20-12/4/20

December Session:  12/6/20-12/18/20

 

Click HERE for full program details and registration information.

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ARBORETUM NATURE KIDS

FALL 2020 ONSITE CAMP PROGRAM

Arboretum Nature Kids is a school-year enrichment program designed to provide children with joyful experiences in nature, exciting hands-on activities, and meaningful peer interactions, all in a safe setting.  By integrating playful exploration of our gardens with nature-themed science and art activities, Arboretum Nature Kids unlocks entirely new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace while fostering socialization and healthy child development.

All sessions are from 1:30-5:30pm:

September Session:  9/14/20-10/9/20

October Session:  10/12/20-11/6/20

November Session:  11/9/20-12/4/20

December Session:  12/6/20-12/18/20

 

Click HERE for full program details and registration information.

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Our evening concerts on select Fridays in July and August begin this Friday, July 19, when Streetlight Cadence opens the series with its alternative folk pop.  Bring family and friends for picnicking and children’s crafts.  Doors open at 5, concert at 6pm. $8 general public; $4 children 5-12; Arboretum members free. Presented by MonteCedro.

After the Fires, the Forest Recovery Project is a visual documentary of the devastating Station Fire of 2009, which destroyed a quarter of the mature trees in the Angeles National Forest and homes along the lower flanks. The 10-year project by Corina Roberts records the loss and comeback of the forest.  The exhibit is on view in the Library; members free; included in admission.

 

Children ages 5-11 will enjoy their summer exploring and learning about nature. We get children outside and away from screens to observe and explore wildlife in a natural setting. The Nature Camp runs from June 3 through August 5.  Full session, daily and extended care available.

The New York Times provides a wonderful read about tree as “giant organic recording devices. The oldest can tell ancient stories about our world — and even galactic events.” Labs around the world are involved in the data gathering. Read all about it.

 

Looking for early nursery catalogs for the region of Southern California? The Arboretum Library has catalogs going as far back as the late 1800s that are still applicable for today’s horticulturalists. During your visit to the Arboretum, members and non-members of the garden are always welcome to browse our nursery catalogs in our library’s collection!

“Germain Seed Co.” (1907)

Hello, folks!  The Arboretum Library’s catalog now has social networking features, including Facebook and Twitter, so that you may share any library material(s) you have found in the catalog, with your friends.  Also be sure to check out and “like” the Arboretum’s Facebook page.

A delayed start to this year’s blooms because of the much-need, extended rains is worth the wait! The pink trumpet trees are arguably the most spectacular blooming trees in the Arboretum’s collection. They punctuate the landscape here with their solid canopies of vibrant, almost hot-pink blooms. The tree,  Tabebuia impetiginosa,  is a South American native that produces its brilliant display of color in typically from early winter through spring. Tabebuias initiate bloom soon after most or all their leaves suddenly drop. This often leaves the tree covered only in its clustered trumpet-shaped pink blooms–a sight that takes eyes not used to such a brilliant display some time to get used to. It is almost impossible not to see them as they compete with the peacocks for the eyes of the Arboretum visitors. The Arboretum helped introduce Tabebuia impetiginosa and other related species into the horticultural market during the 1970’s, including an apricot-colored hybrid between Tabebiua impetiginosa and chrome-yellow flowered Tabebuia chrysotricha.

The Arboretum Library has many journals and periodicals that cover a range of horticultural topics. These journals include articles about individual types of plants, including one that's been seen around a lot more recently – the açaí.  You've probably seen this ingredient in all sorts of products at the grocery store, but I didn't know much about the plant, or even how to pronounce it (it's AH-sigh-EE, apparently). This article touches on several interesting aspects of the açaí: the history and cultural significance (including traditional uses for this type of palm), modern research into possible health benefits and the impact and future of cultivation of the açaí palm.
Stop by the library and check out this article and look over some of the many others in the periodical collection.
Engels, Gayle. “Acai: Euterpe oleracea.” Herbalgram, no. 86 (May-July 2010): 1-2. Print.

The Arboretum Library has many journals and periodicals that cover a range of horticultural topics. These journals include articles by members of the Arboretum staff.
The article “Lessons Learned: Managing Biological Invasion on Hemlock Hill (Massachusetts)” by Richard Schulhof (CEO of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden) in the journal Ecological Restoration details the challenges faced by the Arnold Arboretum in Boston by an invasion of Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). This introduced pest has been decimating hemlocks in the south and east. It was detected at the Arboretum in Boston in 1997 and they spent the next decade trying to mitigate the effects of the infestation and save their important stand of hemlock trees in an era of rapidly changing information.  This article talks about what decisions they had to make and what were their main questions and concerns.
Stop by the library and check out this article and look over some of the many others in the periodical collection.
Schulhof, Richard. “Lessons Learned: Managing Biological Invasion on Hemlock Hill (Massachusetts).” Ecological Restoration 28.2 (June 2010): 129-131. Print.

This image presents is a lovely pastoral scene at Rancho Santa Anita probably in the late 1880s or early 1890s. A man on a hay rake is gathering freshly cut hay, probably mown a day or two earlier and allowed to dry to feed the Ranch's animals.  
 
Closer examination reveals a number of other interesting aspects to this image. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The man in the picture is African American. We know from photographs and newspaper stories from the time when this photograph was taken, that the owner of Rancho Santa Anita ,Elias J. Baldwin, needed laborers and recruited African American workers in North Carolina offering to pay their train fare to the San Gabriel Valley as part of the recruitment. The man in the photograph is the descendant of slaves and may in fact have been born into slavery in the South prior to the Civil War.
Employees at the ranch went on to become the founders of the African American community in the San Gabriel Valley and some of their descendants still live in the area today.
This type of hay rake is a type known as a Sulky Hay Rake because it is a light two wheeled cart known as a Sulky which would be drawn by one horse or mule. It is also noteworthy that these animals were introduced to North America by Europeans as well as the grasses that are being mown to feed these introduced domesticated animals. These grasses and the horses prospered and proliferated changing the landscape and the culture of Native Americans who quickly learned to ride. 
We can go further, the buildings on the right are undoubtedly built of wood imported from the Pacific Northwest and brought to the location by horse drawn wagon and train. It appears that the buildings were designed by Albert Austin Bennett, who also designed the Baldwin Hotel in San Francisco for Mr. Baldwin as well as the Coach Barn and Queen Anne Cottage still present on the Arboretum grounds. 
In the center middle ground of the image we can also see young trees which are probably Eucalyptus trees brought from Australia. In all likelihood Eucalyptus globulus,which were introduced for timber and stove wood since they were fast growing and wood was scarce in Southern California and local sources were quickly exhausted. Some specimens of these trees survive today on the Arboretum's grounds. Practices of plant tending and controlled burning by Native Americans in the area had shaped the landscape of Southern California into one of oak woodland and meadows which encouraged game and edible plants. Irrigation was applied to soils that had built up over millions of years with remarkable agricultural results. The underground aquifer and Baldwin Lake, fed by artesian springs from the Raymond Hill fault as well as local streams provided the water. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After the Second World War, agriculture gave way to housing developments paving over some of the best agricultural land in the country as part of the urbanization of Los Angeles County. The water table sunk drying the springs feeding Baldwin Lake. 
In this photograph we can see the story of a region, the African diaspora, the introduction of new exotic species of plants and animals to Southern California and the displacement of Native Americans as well as the drastic changes caused by the influx of Euro-Americans with their accompanying agricultural practices, technology and culture. A process which continues to impact Southern California today with results and consequences that remain to be seen. The Arboretum property survives as rare open space and a remnant of what was once widespread. 
 
Mitchell Hearns Bishop
Curator, Historic Collections
 
 
 

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