NEW!Little Leaves Program (January-May):Movement, stories and art for ages 0 through 6 at the LEAF Education Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m.Each program will explore a nature-focused theme and will feature a special storytime with lots of opportunities to move and wiggle and sing. The storytime will be followed by an open-ended, process-oriented art experience where adults and children can have fun experimenting together with an array of art materials. The programs have been designed with the intent of offering a playful and creative environment for all children aged 0-6 (with parent/caregiver participation). This program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration required. Program dates (Monday mornings): January 26, February 23, March 16, April 20, May 18.
Winterfest (Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 from 12 - 4):Winterfest has been a popular and free annual opportunity for area residents and visitors of all ages to join in winter fun and games at the LEAF Education Center and Frontier Park. On hand are horse-drawn wagon rides, ice carving, ice-fishing demonstrations, kite flying, and (weather permitting) sledding, toboganning, snowboarding and snowman making along with yoga and acting in the Education Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Arbor Day Celebration (Friday, May 1, 2015):The event draws awareness in the community about the role and importance of trees in the environment. The event is hosted at Frontier Park during identical morning and afternoon education sessions with 200+ fifth-grade students from several participating schools in the Erie area. Schools may picnic in the park before or after each session. Each session will include hands-on learning stations led by local presenters and includes activities such as tree identification, parts of a tree, trees and insects, and more. Groups of students will attend three half-hour, hands-on learning stations followed by an all-student tree planting ceremony to conclude each session. Contact Char at LEAF to include your school.
LEAF Festival (Saturday, September 12, 2015): This is Erie’s annual celebration of the beauty and diversity of trees in the arboretum. The festival features activities for all ages and interests including: crafts for kids, face painting, storytellers, giant bubbles, a Tree-sure Hunt, tree plantings, fitness activities, educational exhibits, local organizations providing information and hands-on activities, food vendors and many other family activities. Chinese Auction tickets will be for sale throughout the day and the drawing will be held towards the end of the event. Proceeds from the Chinese Auction will benefit the LEAF Education Center.This event is free and open to the public.
LEAF is always looking for individuals, organizations and businesses that would be willing to sponsor our annual community events. Your sponsorship help pays for event expenses, future projects at the arboretum, and educational and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors at Frontier Park. Contact LEAF today if you are interested in sponsoring a 2015 event!
Rent the LEAF Education Center for Your Next Event! If you are looking for a fun and unique venue, look no further! The LEAF Education Center offers plenty of space, great lighting and atmosphere, and a sweeping panoramic view of the arboretum at an affordable rate. Contact LEAF today if you are interested in learning more about the facility and to book your next event. Open dates are filling up fast!