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Find your BTF (Best Trees Forever) at Hoyt Arboretum’s Family Forest Days

Connect with nature in your neck of the woods at two events on Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, Aug. 17.

Two adults show an educational booth to a child underneath Hoyt Arboretum's Stevens Pavillion. There are a microscope, papers, and book on the table.

Nurturing a love for nature starts here.

Photo via Rhonda Dorsett/Hoyt Arboretum Friends

Calling all tree huggers. This summer, Hoyt Arboretum Friends is bringing back its Family Forest Days on two Saturdays — July 13 and Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. — for free fun under Stevens Pavillion.

“Trees Are Homes” is the theme of the first event; educators will host interactive booths and activities like building fairy houses and understanding bird habitats. Author Leslie Barnard Booth will also read her book “One Day This Tree Will Fall” alongside a puppet performance.

The second event will be “Best Trees Forever!,” highlighting four PNW-native trees, while also incorporating music, informational tables about Indigenous ecology and the timber industry, and more.

Programming is angled toward elementary kiddos, but all members of the community are welcome. Nearly 1,800 people took part in Hoyt Arboretum’s free summer education programs last year.