From Boots to Books

Michael Oppenheim

What: The N.C. Arboretum’s Natural Garden Trail has its secrets. No, it’s not a hidden message on the bottom of a hiker’s shoe. Nor is it a clandestine vine climbing an unknown tree. If you search carefully, there’s a small box lurking along the trail. What’s inside? Only intrepid geocachers will know for sure. Geocaching, a modern version hide-and-go-seek, encourages children and adults to find a box of prizes with only a GPS device as a guide.

Geocaching is just one of the Arboretum’s Books and Boots events. There will also be winter bird bingo, readings by local authors and a presentation on floral design for the winter garden. Why this weekend’s focus on nature and reading? It’s the Arboretum’s 25th anniversary season, a chance to celebrate the organization’s contributions to the natural and literary world. So bring your kids and your sleuthing skills and discover all that the Arboretum has to offer.

When: Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 19, from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Where: The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way.

Price: Free for members. $8 per car for non-members.


Photo: Photo by Michael Oppenheim

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