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Love this preserve!
Apr 25, 2015 by: bbrymph from Mitchellville, Maryland
This is one of the unknown treasures of Maryland. The twice-yearly native plants sale is not to be missed. Nice book and gift shop. But the best part is the park itself -- walk in natural forest and grassland to see the native habitat of the Chesapeake region. If you want manicured, landscaped botanical garden, you may be disappointed. But if you want to see native plants growing in their native environment, this place is great.
Very peaceful walk
Apr 09, 2015 by: Shawnwaskey from
I love the Arboretum! Their beautiful trails make for a very peaceful walk. Make sure you visit the goats & they have a really nice gift shop too.
small park with a small price.
Feb 18, 2015 by: Joseph L from
I work a school for special needs children and sometimes we take our students there for community outings. Sometimes the staff are helpful other times not as much.As far as the sights go it really depends on the time of year that you go.Much more to do in the spring and summer. If you go be sure to use bug spray as they can be bad at times. Relatively inexpensive outing.
excellent audio tours!
Dec 27, 2014 by: legorefugee from Finksburg, Maryland
We took 8 upper-elementary school aged kids here because we were studying the Underground Railroad and heard that they had an applicable audio-tour. Each of us got headphones with a digital player. There were many different trails to choose from. You choose the audio tour number you want then walk to the numbered markers to listen to the audio tour. The kids loved it! We were doing the Underground Railroad tour and I really loved how the audio really helped the kids visuallize what life may have been like for a runaway slave in that area. The audio had many first-hand accounts read by voice actors that really made the experience come alive. The kids didn't want to stop listening at the end of the tour and were listening to other tours just for the fun of it. This is a beautiful park with nicely kept trails. They have a very impressive list of programs throughout the year as well. I definitely want to take the whole family there again.
A special place to learn about the Environment and Ecology of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Sep 16, 2014 by: RuthRogersClausen from Easton, Maryland
If you are looking for a manicured arboretum with groomed specimens of rare plants, you are in the wrong place. The arboretum is maintained as a natural place showcasing native plants of the Delmarva Peninsula. It focuses on educating the public on how to manage natural areas of the region especially on protecting the Chesapeake bay and other waterways that are endangered. They offer classes and programs for children including summer camp, guided dog walks, Shakespeare in the meadow, symposia and conferences. The nursery propagates native plants and raises funds at its spring and fall plant sales. Hiking trails are sometimes rough so be prepared for a good hike; use bug spray! Trail guides are available in the Visitor Center Shop where you will also find free tea and coffee, gifts for adults and kids of all ages, and a good selection of up-to-date books. Great staff, lovely place, especially for those interested in ecology, and the environment. An unusual gem.
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