Classes and Events

►Denotes pre-registration required!

Send an email to to pre-register for classes, programs and workshops (unless otherwise noted). 
Please be sure to include your name, email address and phone number for any registrations. 
Please note:
Due to COVID-19, the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, the Kentucky Children's Garden, and water fountains remain closed.
Please wear a mask or face covering when you visit, and follow all recommended social distancing guidelines.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these difficult times. 

Beginning Birder Challenge 

Date: January 20th - February 22nd

Time: Daily during our open hours 8 AM - 6 PM

Description: Are you interested in learning how to identify birds and the fascinating world of birding? Visitors are encouraged to follow a self-guided adventure on the paved path at The Arboretum. You will be challenged to distinguish between two birds (pictures only!) hidden in the trees and shrubs. Print out the Beginning Bird Challenge worksheet (available on our website) before you come and bring a birding book or download a birding app for the best experience. We also recommend binoculars but they are not necessary. Those who send us a picture of their completed Beginner Birding Challenge Worksheet will be entered to win a bluebird birdhouse!

Cost: Free

Age: 5 years old and up

Registration: Not required, come when you please during our open hours.

Kentucky Nature Trivia Series on Zoom;

“Leaves, Trees, & Flowers” 

Date: February 2nd 

Time: 7 PM- 8:30 PM

Description: The Arboretum, Raven Run, Floracliff Nature Sanctuary, Wild Ones Native Plants, and The Central Kentucky Audubon Society will be hosting a series of free trivia nights on Tuesdays at 7 PM February 2nd through March 2nd. Join us from the comfort of your couch to test your knowledge on Kentucky birds, botany, animals, and more using the Zoom platform. Don’t be intimidated if you are not an expert! All who love Kentucky nature are welcome to join and are guaranteed to have fun and be challenged. Pre-registration is required for all events as space is limited. Please see how to register with each organization below.  

 The Arboretum is hosting a virtutual trivia night "Trees, Leaves, & Flowers" as part of this series, where you will be quizzed on your knowledge of botany, native plants, gardening and plant inspired pop culture. The winning team will win a potted selection of succulents grown by our Senior Horticulturalist, Jesse Dahl 

Cost: Free

Age: 14 years old and up

Registration: To Pre-register email or call (859) 257-9339 with the following information: the name of the event you wish to register for, your name, number of people in your party, an email address and a phone number.  

THERE WILL BE NO GLORIES OF THE GARDEN FOR 2021. Thank you to those who participated in the past and hope to see your entries in 2022.

Check back for later for upcoming classes and events for 2021!!