The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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calendar of events

There's always something happening at the Arb & Gardens, whether it's a single cactus blooming in the Conservatory or a few thousand people enjoying Earth Day celebrations. Free guided tours. Prescribed burns. Gardening and art classes for kids and adults. School field trips. Seasonal exhibits. Let our calendar help you find the activity that's right for you and your family.

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In this hot month, see the beautifully restored Riverfront at the Arb with a canoe landing, river access, benches, and picnic tables. This is a wonderful destination for visitors traveling the Arb trails or the Huron River.
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  • Dog Days of Summer at Nichols Arboretum

    This free event is especially designed for our four-legged Arb visitors, and their humans, too! A great opportunity to bring the family dog (or dogs) for a day of fun in Nichols Arboretum. Event begins at the 1610 Washington Hts. entrance to the Arb.

    -Meet and greet with other local dogs and their owners

    -Don't have your own dog yet?  Meet adoptable dogs and learn about the adoption process with the Huron Valley Humane Society and Faithful Friends Animal Rescue

    -Enjoy a guided walk with Nichols Arboretum staff and discover all the Arb has to offer for you and your four legged friend
        The Rover (11 am and 1 pm): increase your territory with this 1-hour, moderate hike for energetic dogs (and people!) with lasting stamina.  
        Canine Cruise (10:30 & 11:30 am; 12:30 pm): this 20-minute, moderate hike is a great way to stretch your legs and sniff out a few areas of the Arb. (Note: Times subject to change, check in at the welcome table.)
        Teacup Trot (10:15 & 11:15 am; 12:15 pm): this short, gentle walk is perfect for small breeds or dogs with a little less energy on a hot summer day.

    -Free dog-related handouts while supplies last

    -Lunch available for purchase from Dad's Dogs (vegetarian options available, as well)

    Please note: event is weather permitting. Call ahead, 734.647.7600, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter for weather updates.

    Sponsored by: City Pets; Dad's Dogs; Faithful Friends Animal Rescue; Humane Society of Huron Valley.


    Location: Nichols Arboretum

    Date: 8/18/2013

    Time: 10 am to 2 pm

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