The Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael has a wide range of historic artifacts
The Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael has a wide range of historic artifacts

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Friday - March 20, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
May Arboretum Labyrinth Garden
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park

Come, awaken your senses this spring in our beautiful perennial garden.  Join Susan Stewart, May Arboretum Society Volunteer for our annual FREE Vernal Spring Equinox walk and meditation at the Labyrinth garden. Learn about the history of these mysterious gardens and its healing and reflective powers. To register call the May Arboretum office at 785-4153 and leave your name, phone number or email address.

2015 Horticulture Training for Arboretum Volunteers

Desert shrubsMarch 3 - March 24, 2015
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays; 10am-12pm
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park - Ranch House

Learn how you can help care for Washoe County's arboretum and public gardens from the roots up when the Wilbur D. May Arboretum offers a series of horticulture training classes for volunteers. Classes will cover an array of volunteer activites from plant and soil care to proper pruning. A variety of local experts will present, and hands on activities are included. View a complete schedule of classes and fee information here. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Denise Evans at (775) 785-4512 x107 to sign up!

May Arboretum Educational Tours

School Tours

Education Image 1 The May Arboretum offers guided school tours on a limited, first-come, first-serve basis Tuesday through Thursday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. We encourage classroom visits for our self-guided Tree Walk and Wetlands programs. All tours whether they are guided or self-guided require a reservation though the Arboretum office by calling 785-4153. Currently we have 3 programs that we offer for grades K-12. There is a $3.00 dollar fee for each child for guided tours.  

1) The Natural History of Trees- This includes an introductory talk on trees and tree identification, followed by a walk through the Arboretum looking at and comparing trees both native and introduced speices of the Great Basin Ecosystem.

2) Trekking the Great Basin Wetlands- The wetlands program has several components involving hands-on activities in the Evans Creek Wetland area including examination and identification of aquatic insects, water foul and activities relating to the food web and the benefits of wetlands.

3) Native plants of the Great Basin- This program examines the native flora of the Great Basin with discussion on the uses of plants for food, fiber and medicine. Students will learn to use all their senses to identify these plants and learn about cattails, Mormon tea, pinyon pine, and bristlecone pine. There will also be discussions about the natural history of the Great Basin.


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Wilbur D. May Center at
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra,
Reno, Nevada U.S.A.
(775) 785-5961 Fax (775) 785-4707