February at the Arboretum is for bird lovers, lovebirds and many others. Considered one of the nation’s fastest growing outdoor activities, birding is particularly fitting in the winter months since bare trees offer more visibility of the species that spend winter in our area, such as yellow-bellied sapsuckers and purple finches. Throughout the month, the Arboretum will feature a variety of events, classes — and even cocoa — to celebrate the love of our feathered friends.

Adult Education Classes

Whether you are new to birding, looking to hone your skills or considering how to attract more birds to your yard, the Arboretum’s Adult Education program offers a wide range of bird-related natural history classes throughout the year. Check out some of these February bird classes:

Sweets with Your Sweetie

During Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14 – 16, the Arboretum will host a “Sweets with Your Sweetie” hot cocoa bar at the Baker Exhibit Center. Guests can enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate (while supplies last) followed by a free guided hike starting at 1 p.m. Hikes will focus on the natural history of the Arboretum, including some of the region’s more prominent birds, and will be about one- to two- miles in length. The event is free; however, standard parking fees apply for non-members.

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Winter Warm-Up Wine Dinner

On Friday, February 21, the Bent Creek Bistro is excited to host a special seven-course wine pairing dinner that is perfect for all the lovebirds out there. With a hearty seasonal menu created by Chef Jake Carmel of The Colorful Palate Catering and wine expertly chosen and presented by Steve Nelson of Grapevine Distributing, as well as live acoustic music from The Moon & You, this is sure to be a date night to remember.

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Facebook Giveaway

Give your backyard a bird-friendly update! The Arboretum is excited to host a special Facebook giveaway with our Community PartnerWild Birds Unlimited Asheville. Now through February 29, participants can enter to win a $25 gift card from Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville PLUS a free parking pass to the Arboretum to visit our local feathered friends. Find out how to enter and share your February bird sightings on our Facebook post, then enter to win at the link below.

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ecoEXPLORE Ornithology Season

Grab your camera, get outside and snap some photos of your favorite fine feathered friends. Children in grades K-8 are invited to sign up for the Arboretum’s ecoEXPLORE program, a science enrichment program that encourages students to capture images of plants and animals found in nature and upload them to their online account where they can earn various badges and prizes. Now through February 28, ecoEXPLORERs are encouraged to take photos of birds as part of the program’s ornithology season. In addition, participants working on their Ornithology Field Badge are invited to a special “Ornithology Season Summit” on February 15 where they will meet a real scientist and help tag and release song birds.

(Please Note: Registration for the Summit is currently closed; however, young explorers are still encouraged to document their ornithological finds through the end of the month.)