Look for host goldfinches, sparrows, common yellowthroats, barn swallows, tree swallows, and red-winged blackbirds around Sunfish Pond and the surrounding meadow. For some cool trees, check out the bald cypresses between Sunfish Pond and Lake Jopamaca. Can you find any of this tree’s famous “knees” poking out from the wet soils?
This pathway offers a pleasant stroll down the West Side’s gentle hill. Enjoy a variety of gardens, graceful trees, and native woods as you descend. In the skies, you might see flycatchers and phoebes, so keep your eyes open for their distinctive hawking behavior. You may also catch a glimpse of a hairy woodpecker or a bluebird.
The area around Pine Hill contains some of the oldest existing plantings of the Arboretum, dating from 1922 when it first opened. Here you'll find stately pines with snow covered boughs that can be enjoyed for their natural beauty In late winter. Return in early spring to look for great horned owls who have commandeered other birds' nests in which to raise their fluff-headed young.
Step into this restored prairie to experience the first of many rich sites for bird watching at the Arboretum. Keep your eyes out for common yellowthroats, flycatchers, and many different sparrows flittering among the tall prairie plants. Willoway Creek, which flows between the prairie and Sterling Pond, can also host winter wrens and ovenbirds.
From the Visitor Center, walk past the Ground Cover Garden towards the parallel rows of shrubs to enter the Hedge Collection. The organic-looking hedges to your right are “unsheared” while the formal-looking hedges to your left are “sheared.” This is a great spot to race the kids. Look for four white columns and see who can reach them first!
Find our one-acre Maze Garden right across from the Children's Garden. Once you reach the entrance, you make your own unique adventure! Look for seven different plant rooms tucked inside this living puzzle. If you’d rather watch from above, climb the stairs to a 12-foot high lookout platform built around a stunning 60-foot tall sycamore tree. There, you'll enjoy a bird's-eye view of family and friends as they navigate the maze.