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:
- Build a Rustic Wren House – February 14; 1 – 4 p.m.
- The Wonder of Birds – February 18; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Build Your Own Bluebird Nesting Box – February 19; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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.
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.