The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
Photograph of Red-Tailed Hawk taken at Nichols Arboretum by Andreas Kanon
Click here to learn more about birding at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.
Take a botanical tour of the world in our Conservatory.

learning on your own - Discovery Tools

At MBGNA we want to encourage life-long learning and a offer a commitment to stewardship of our environment. With these tools we hope we can help you on that path.

  • Self-guided Tours
  • Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes:
  • Watch a video of Massasaugas at Matthaei or download this pdf for additional information.

  • Online game for kids
  • Stewardship at Home
  • DIY Guide to Alternative Lawns - Is your lawn making you stressed? Are you tired of all that mowing? Switching to an alternative lawn may be the answer. Alternative lawns provide the land cover you want with less maintenance than the traditional turf lawn. Click here to download (PDF)
  • Plant a rain garden on your property with help from the Washtenaw County Rain Garden Assistance Program.
  • Featured Article/DIY Project - Rain, Rain, You Can Stay! Master gardener, Monica Milla tells all there is to know about rain gardens! This article was featured in the Spring 2006 Newsletter. Click here to download (PDF)
  • Prairie Gardening in Your Yard - Click here to download (PDF)
  • Benefits of recycling -
  • Leave No Trace ethics -
  • Have a Question about Plants or Gardening?
  • How do I plant a rain garden?
  • Gardening tips
  • Winter bulb maintenance
For all horticultural and botanical questions such as plant diseases or plant identification, appropriate climate zones, native and invasive species, etc., please visit the Michigan State University Extension site.

For further information about these projects or links, please contact us using the interactive comment form.

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