Nature & Horticulture Programs

  • Join the educators as the seasons change for a year full of learning and observing nature.
  • Connect with other like-minded individuals to share experiences and to learn from their trials, good or bad!
  • Plenty of research based information is available through these programs for you to utilize in your own backyard.
  • All information presented is geared to the general homeowner and topic discussion is very much encouraged.

 UW-Extension has a different horticultural focus each year at Harmony Arboretum

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Printable listing of Nature & Horticulture Programs

April

1         22nd Annual Spring Garden Conference        8am- 3:45pm

Northern Lights Master Gardener Volunteers host this day full of horticulture related programs. See full schedule on website.                   Held at: UW Marinette Campus.  Registration: $40

18       Astronomy      8:00 – 9:15 pm

Introduction to stars, constellations, star lore and other space-related topics – includes a stargazing tour.  Dress for the weather, hot beverages will be provided; if rain/snow or mostly overcast, event will be cancelled.

May

4     Froggy Night Hike    6:00 – 7:30 pm

An evening hike to learn about the interesting lives of our  native frogs. Hear frog songs and learn to identify them and learn about other frog lore. The hike is about 2.5 miles and will be cancelled if inclement weather.  Held at: Hemlock Curve Nature Trail.

10    Planting and Managing Vine Crops   6:30—8 pm

Learn about the different types of squashes, melons, pumpkins, and cucumbers that can be planted and successfully grown in our area; and how to manage them in the early part of the growing season.

13 Spring Wildflower Walk      9:30 – 11:30 am

Take a guided tour of the spring wildflowers with local  wildflower enthusiasts. Good walking shoes and insect repellant recommended. About 1 mile hike and will be  cancelled if inclement weather.

20 Plant Sale & Plant Pest Clinic     9:00am – Noon

Support the work done at Harmony Arboretum by purchasing plants from the Northern Lights Master Gardener Volunteers. UWEX staff will be on hand to identify any plant pest samples brought in and assist in pest management issues.

June

8     Pest Management in the Vegetable Garden           6:30 – 8:00 pm

Many different insects and diseases affect vegetable gardens. This session will focus on identification and best management practices of our common pests. Vine crops are featured at Harmony this year, but samples from all other vegetables are welcome!

10     Bird Hike   6:00 – 8:00 am

Take a guided hike through the Harmony Hardwoods to learn   about our native forest bird species.  Field guides and some binoculars will be available. Dress for the weather, cancelled if inclement weather.

21-23        Sand Lake Conservation Camp                                    

For Wisconsin & Upper Michigan youth attending grades 6-8. It provides positive outdoor experiences and helps foster an appreciation for nature. Held at: Camp Bird -Crivitz  Registration:  $100 fee until May 18; after May 18 is $150.   Detailed information can be found on website.

25 Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm           7:30 am – Noon

Annual all-you-can eat and family-oriented activities event. Enjoy some great food and then tour the farm operations and other displays.    $7 for adults, $4 for youth, children free.      Hosted by Golden Ridge Dairy, just east of HWY 141 in Town of Beaver.

July

12 Astronomy at the Arboretum     9:00 – 10:15 pm

Introduction to stars, constellations, star lore, and other space-related topics – includes a stargazing tour.  Dress for the weather, hot beverages will be provided; if rain or mostly overcast, event will be cancelled.

15 8th Annual Garden Walk     9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Northern Lights Master Gardeners sponsor this self-guided tour of local private and public gardens  For more details visit the website.

Adult Tickets $10 advance $12 at event, Children 7-12yr $5 under 6yr-free.

20  Perennials Management & Maintenance        6:30 – 8:00 pm

Learn about the proper timing and methods of management activities to help your perennial flowers perform and look their best, and also survive into next year!

August

5         Kids Dig it!    10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join in the fun and learning of this youth-oriented day of exploration. Featured guests include the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s traveling Birds of Prey exhibit. Attendees will learn about and experience wildlife, insects, soil, and plants.

15       Summer Squash Spectacular    6:00 – 8:00 pm

Summer squash are one of the most nutritious and versatile  vegetables.  Experience the surprising taste differences between the various types and cultivars of summer squash in many different recipes, and also learn more about managing these magnificent veggies.

16 Prairie Walk    6:00 – 8:00 pm

Stroll the 17-acre prairie at Harmony Arboretum with local native plant enthusiasts. Spend an evening learning what constitutes a prairie and why people are creating or restoring them.

24-27  Marinette County Fair – Wausaukee

The UW-Extension office educators will again have an extensive display of the many areas of expertise that they offer to the public.  Visit them at the Fair in the Main Exhibit Building.

31 Harvesting & Storing Tree Fruits               6:00 -7:30 pm

We’ll answer the two most common questions about this topic:  How do I know when to pick the fruit on this tree? How can I store them to keep them in great eating shape? Along the way, we’ll also talk through pest identification and other issues.

September

9     Plant Sale / Plant Pest Clinic    9:00am – Noon

Support the work done at Harmony Arboretum by purchasing plants from the Northern Lights Master Gardener Volunteers.
UWEX staff  will be on hand to identify any plant pest samples brought in and assist in pest management issues.

13 Astronomy at the Arboretum      7:30 – 8:45 pm

 Introduction to stars, constellations, star lore, and other space-related topics – includes a stargazing tour.  Dress for the weather, hot beverages will be provided; if rain or mostly overcast, event will be cancelled.

14   Winter Squash & Pumpkin Fest                     5:30—7:30 pm
Squashes and pumpkins have an amazing array of flavor profiles and can also be prepared/served in many different methods. Share in the bounty of flavors from the vine crops grown at Harmony and learn about harvest, storage, and preservation of these vitamin and flavor-packed garden favorites.

October

14 Halloween Family Fun Fest       2:00 – 5:00 pm

A family oriented event for kids.  Hands-on nature crafts, games, farm animal learning & petting area,  with many more activities.  Check the website for more program details. Free ~ but food pantry donations accepted at entrance.

November

20 Astronomy at the Arboretum     5:45 – 7:00 pm

Introduction to stars, constellations, star lore, and other space related topics – includes a stargazing tour.  Dress for the weather, hot beverages will be provided; if rain or mostly overcast, event will be cancelled.