|© 2011 Donna L. Watkins - Closeup of Thistle Bloom|
The Arboretum is a haven in the middle of urban growth and development, a place where nature can be honored, appreciated, protected, and studied. It is a center for the conservation, enjoyment, and interpretation of plants and ecosystems of the Shenandoah Valley, and serves as an outdoor biology laboratory and environmental educational center with tours, lectures, seminars, workshops and other public programs.
The Arboretum's philosophy embodies an appreciation of nature as part of intellectual development. JMU faculty members, in disciplines ranging from the arts to physical education to the biological sciences, use the Arboretum as an outdoor classroom and laboratory for research and study. Students from nearby elementary and secondary schools visit the Arboretum and can enjoy educational tours, designed to progress both their science knowledge and interest in flora and fauna.
Information Source: JMU Website
View the photo album of this visit with my sweet husband and a previous first visit with a friend who now walks in God's Gardens.
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