Fullerton Arboretum hosts free online nature-related workshops

The Fullerton Arboretum offers free online workshops in June.

Jie Tan will host “Explore Living Colors: The Ecology in Book Arts” on June 15th and 17th. In the workshop, participants will be able to create bookmarks, cards, collages, books and binding using leaves, flowers, paper and thread.

In another workshop on June 19, led by Steve Kaye, participants can learn practical tips and techniques for capturing hummingbirds on camera.

Debbie Vengco, associate director of marketing and communications for outreach and international programs at Cal State Fullerton, said by email that the workshops are the result of staff thinking about how to engage their audience when they are closed.

The Fullerton Arboretum sunflower field is part of a fundraising project. At the end of May, the plants were flowering and stakes personalized with names were placed.

(Greg Dyment)

The 26-acre arboretum has remained closed to the public since last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the staff were put on leave at the start of the pandemic and later a team of horticulturalists were brought back full time to take care of the plant collections.

Since its closure, the area that was once a community garden has become a sunflower field linked to a fundraising project, and the arboretum’s annual vegetable sale. Veggiepalooza took place online in the spring. Proceeds from the sale were used to help the Arboretum keep its staff full time, take care of the plants on site, and support conservation efforts.

The arboretum is expected to reopen in early July, according to Vengco.

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