Calendar of Events

July 30th

Butterfly Festival Details and Program

Saturday, July 30, 9 AM - 2 PM at the Auditorium and the Program Shelter

Saturday February 20, 9AM, at the Arboretum

Butterfly Festival 7th Annual Father Daughter Hike

Forester Jeff Holt will lead a group on the hike on a short trail through the Arboretum. Grandfathers and granddaughters are welcome, too. Refreshments will be available.

Thursday, February 25, 6-8 PM, at the
new Arboretum Auditorium, in Oak Ridge

How to Make a Water-Healthy Landscape

Presented by Dr Andrea Ludwig, UT Assistant Professor in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science will show the site slated for a rain garden and discuss how building this rain garden will help reduce runoff downstream.

February 27, 2016

Help Us Support the 50k Tree Day in Tennessee sponsored by the Tennessee Environmental Council

Saturday, February 27th, 11 AM - 12 Noon. For details contact Stephanie Carlson at or 865-805-4678.

October 12th

Fall Plant Sale Organized by Norm Dobbs

Saturday, October 11, 9 AM - 3 PM at the Program Shelter

April 5th

Holly Work Day with Dennis Superczynski

Saturday, November 15 from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the Holly Collection

Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Arboretum

“Moth-er's Night at the UT Arboretum”

Have you ever wondered about what kind of insects are out hunting and eating while you sleep snugly in your bed at night? The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will sponsor the fifth annual MOTH-ers Night Out to learn about moths and other nocturnal insects on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. The UT Arboretum is at 901 S. Illinois Ave. (HWY 62) in Oak Ridge.

After an introductory program in the main office building, naturalist Kris Light will lead us outdoors to check the sheets to observe the insects that have been attracted by the black lights.

Bring your camera, your friends and your kids as well as a magnifying glass, a flashlight and a desire to learn about these fascinating critters! This program is appropriate for all ages; it will last until 9:30 PM.

April 8th-13th

'Sunshine' Florida Garden Tour

Click for more info!

July 28th

Geocaching Workshop for Kids at the Arboretum

Details and the Application Form if you want apply and mail in your application

This is an introductory class on geocaching, the worldwide treasure hunting game. We will learn the basics of using a GPS device: determining your location, inputting waypoints, following a short course, hiding a cache, and finding caches hidden by others. It will be held at the Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge.

UTAS Vice President Janet Bigelow teaches this workshop with help from other UTAS members. She is a semiretired middle school teacher with 40 years of indoor and outdoor classroom experience.

The workshop is open only to rising 5th through 8th graders. We will all use identical GPS devices supplied by UTAS, and we will provide snacks, drinks, and small "treasures," but participants need to bring a sack lunch and rain gear. Cost is $15 and payable in advance. Advance registration is required, and there is a limit of 16 participants.

Call Janet Bigelow at 865-675-3822 or for more information and online registration and payments.

Tuesday, July 28, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the UT Arboretum Visitor's Center