Seek is a great alternative app to iNaturalist. Seek is an app created by iNaturalist that can still identify 20,000 species just by scanning the plant, animal, or insect with your camara, but it has a few key differences.
  • You don’t have to have an account; just download and start taking pictures?
  • Kids can use it safely! On iNaturalist you can share information with others but when you make an observation on Seek, the information does not leave your tablet or phone.
  • It works without internet.
  • You can use Seek to identify wild and cultivated species. iNaturalist is meant for wild species so it is better to use Seek for cultivated plants such as tulips.
  • Earn badges for observing different types of species and participating in challenges.
  • You cannot use Seek to participate in the City Nature Challenge taking place this weekend as you are not sharing your observations, but it is still a fantastic way to get out and learn about the natural world around you.
Click here to download the free Seek app


Visit our Facebook Page to check out our Education Coordinator Dawn Bailey streaming weekly Live Facebook Videos on Thursdays at 10 am about all things gardening and The Arboretum.  You can also view previously recorded videos.

April 29 Amazing Plant Adaptation learn about amazing plant adaptations and a fun follow up activity for kids.

May 14 Tree and Leaf ID Learn to ID several Kentucky native trees and some fun facts about them. Follow up this video with a printable leaf ID worksheet for kids.

Facebook Live Leaf and Tree ID Worksheet

May 21 Tree Appreciation Activities Learn fun facts about trees and how to use an app that tells you about the benefits you receive from the trees in your neighborhood. 

May 29 Scat (a.k.a. Poop) See some Kentucky native animal scat and how to identify the poop you come upon while hiking in the woods. Print and draw your own scat for each of the animals we learn about in the video. 

Facebook Live Animal Scat Worksheet

June 4 Conifer Trees of Kentucky Take a tour of three Kentucky native conifer trees. Learn about their adaptations and how to identify them. 

Facebook Live Leaf and Tree ID Worksheet

June 11 Bird Beaks, Wings, and Feet Learn about some bird adaptations by looking at preserved specimens from the UK Biology Department. 

June 18 Flower Adaptations See some common houseplants and native Kentucky flowers and the amazing adaptations that make them successful survivors.

June 25 Tour a Beehive Live virtual Tour of a Beehive.

July 2 Gardening Activities See some easy at-home gardening activities you can do with materials you probably already have. 

July 9 Reptiles Join guest Kathryn Greene from the UK Herpetology Lab to learn about reptiles. Also included are live reptile guests!

July 16 Amphibians Join guest Kathryn Greene from the UK Herpetology Lab and some amphibian friends.

Coming July 30 ID Insects in your Backyard Ph.D. candidate Lauren Fann in the Department of Entomology will help us ID insects both native and exotic. The week prior to this event we will post a video showing how to make a DIY pitfall insect trap in your yard or neighborhood. You can check this trap for a couple of nights and take pictures of the insect you find. Then, post your pictures during our Facebook Live to be identified by Lauren.

Facebook Live Pitfall Data Log Worksheet

Step into a book at The Arboretum! Each month, the children's librarians of Lexington Public Library have hand-selected a tale to share on a StoryWalk! Follow the path from the Visitor Center, through the Home Demonstration Garden and end at the Kentucky Children's Garden. Visit each panel, revealing a new page and an invitation to interact with the tale. 

Free and open during Arboretum hours

2021 StoryWalk Books 

April 2021 Spring Blossoms” by Carole Gerber illustrated by Leslie Evens 

May 2021 Yucky Worms” by Vivian French illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg  

June 2021 Anywhere Farm” by Phyllis Root illustrated by G. Brian Karas

July 2021 Summer Song” by Kevin Henkes illustrated by Laura Dronzek 

August 2021 Seeds Move” by Robin Page 

September 2021 Hiking Day” by Anne Rockwell illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

October 2021 Call Me Tree, Llamame Arbol” by May Christina Gonzalez  

Winter 2021 Over and Under the Snow” by Kate Messner illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal