Mountain Top Arboretum provides activities and learning for the entire family.  Easily accessible from the parking area is the West Meadow with a spiral labyrinth, pond and plenty of birds and butterflies to enchant.  Also close to the parking area is the Woodland Walk with easy trails, a fairy garden, and boulder amphitheater to explore. A half-mile walk down Maude Adams Road leads to the East Meadow’s boardwalk, historic pump house and more open meadows in which to run. Only a bit further and you’ve arrived at the trailhead for forest hiking in Black Spruce Glen.

Each season, Mountain Top Arboretum programs new events for children and families. From creating fairy terrariums to birds of prey presentations, we offer activities that combine learning with fun. Check out this season’s event listing for kid-friendly programs.

 

Fairy Garden

In the Fairy Garden, children use birch bark, moss, stones and other materials to build fairy houses, forts and miniature gardens.  Forage the Woodland Walk for ideas or bring your own material to help the Fairy Garden grow.

 

West Meadow Pond

The West Meadow’s Pond is an easily accessible family favorite place for darning needle, dragonfly and butterfly spotting, and of course, for tadpole and frog catching.  Please release what you catch so others can enjoy the wildlife.  A resident snapping turtle patrols the pond, too, so no swimming!

 

SPIRAL LABYRINTH

The Spiral Labyrinth is designed to be savored by all five senses through all four seasons.  Adults peacefully stroll inward to the circular stone bench, while children race round and round to the center and back.  People and pollinators together enjoy the dizzying mix of blooms and fragrances.

 

BEE GUARD INN

Bee Guarn Inn

Bee Guard Inn is a sculpture and native bee home created by artist Draga Susanj for the Mountain Top Arboretum’s East Meadow.

The work, which focuses on the threats to native pollinators and their importance to the native plant environment, aims to attract native bees to the “bee hotel” using the hexagonal shape from honey combs.  The hexagonal forms, constructed of cedar, surround organic bamboo shoots that are the bee sleeping pods.   Clay from the Platte Clove Creek holds it all together.

The work was made possible by a grant from the Greene County Council of the Arts, support from local businesses and the Mountain Top Arboretum.

 

Animals at the Arboretum

You can see all types of animals at the Arboretum.

Mammals

Black Bear
Eastern Chipmunk
Eastern Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Fisher Cat
Least Shrew
Little Brown Myotis (Bat)
Longtail Weasel
Meadow Vole
North American Beaver
Porcupine
Possum
Raccoon
Red Fox
Red Squirrel
Starnose Mole
Striped Skunk
White-footed Mouse
White-tailed Deer
Woodchuck
 
Reptiles & Amphibians

American Toad
Blue-spotted Salamander
Eastern Garter Snake
Gray Tree Frog
Green Frog
Northern Brown Snake
Northern Red-bellied Snake
Red-backed Salamander
Red-spotted Newt
Snapping Turtle
Spotted Salamander
Spring Peeper
Wood Frog

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