Tree Scavenger Hunt at The Arboretum

Sat. October 10- Sat. October 17 

Do  you like solving puzzles and learning about treesOur education staff has developed a Scavenger Hunt for you! To participate, follow a series of clues that can be found along the paved and mulch paths of The Arboretum. The first clue will be posted on October 10th on our Facebook page, Instagram and Website. As you solve each riddle, you will learn about Arboretum resources, Kentucky Native Trees, and basic tree ID. This event is geared toward adults and kids ages 7 and up. Not an expert botanist? No worries, this event will be fun for all, regardless of your botany knowledge! You are welcome to use your phone to do research and we will provide QR codes that provide extra hints. This Scavenger Hunt is part of the third annual Tree Week.

You can participate and complete the hunt at The Arboretum from October 10-17 during our regular hours of operation (8 a.m. to p.m. daily, except days of UK Football home games)Please practice social distancing and wear a mask while you are on the grounds. The outdoor restrooms are open, but the water fountains remain closed.   

To participate in our plant giveaway contest, complete the Scavenger Hunt from October 10 to 17,  take a selfie with the last clue, and send it to us by October 19, 2020.  The plant giveaway will consist of native plants, great for pollinators, grown in-house by our Native Plants Collection Manager, Emily Ellingson.  Call (859) 257-9339 if you have questions about the Scavenger Hunt.  


Send us your selfie with the congratulations sign:   

Tag us on Instagram @UKArboretum or  

Message us on Facebook (The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky) or  

Email us at  


The Arboretum map of the grounds will be very helpful to you as you follow the clues.  

Click here for hints if you get stuck on one of the clues. Each page of this document has a clue for one of the 13 clues in this scavenger hunt! 


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

Now- Mid October 2020 come read Flight of the Honey Bee, by Raymond Huber