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.
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!
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 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.
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Animals at the Arboretum
You can see all types of animals at the Arboretum.
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Little Brown Myotis (Bat)
North American Beaver
Reptiles & Amphibians
Eastern Garter Snake
Gray Tree Frog
Northern Brown Snake
Northern Red-bellied Snake
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