The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota are both celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 2008 and, in honor of the occasion, they’ve joined together to plan an Earth Day Wilderness Walk from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Arboretum.
Staff from the Arboretum andthe Conservancy will lead the hike which will highlight Minnesota’s striking and diverse native flora. The nature hike is open to the public and gate admission (on April 19) will be waived for Nature Conservancy and Arboretum members and those who have downloaded a coupon from the Conservancy website. The normal gate fee for non-members is $7 for adults. Youths 15 and younger are admitted free.
Upon completion of the walk, each participating family will receive a tote bag, courtesy of the Nature Conservancy.Participants also will receive a coupon for a free vitamin water from the Arboretum.
In addition, on Tuesday, April 22, the officially designated Earth Day, the Arboretum is offering free gate admission to carpoolers and everyone arriving on bicycles or in hybrid vehicles.
Part of the Department of Horticultural Science within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum serves as a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education.The Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas—from woodlands and wetlands to prairie—with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants.It is dedicated to developing and evaluating plants and horticultural practices for cold climates, while inspiring visitors with well-designed plant displays, collections, model landscapes and conservation areas.The Arboretum website is www.arboretum.umn.edu.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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