Friends of the Arboretum Blog

First-Time Visitors Find Arboretum Fun for Grandkids

Grandparents Connie and Al are always looking for opportunities to introduce their grandchildren to interesting places throughout the metro area. They discovered the Arboretum through a friend and took their two grandchildren, ages 11 and 13, there for the first time this summer. “Even though we live in Missouri, it doesn’t take us any longer … Read More

Grandkids’ visits to the Arboretum make a lasting impact

“We’ve gone to the Arboretum for years, but until recently, I didn’t realize the positive influence it was having on my grandkids,” says Linda. Linda’s seven-year-old granddaughter, Lily, is interested in art and nature and finds inspiration at the Monet and Train Gardens at the Arboretum. She regularly paints flowers, and her visits to the … Read More

Arboretum Encourages Tech-Free Fun

  Paul likes to take his grandkids to the Overland Park Arboretum because it’s a place they can unplug from technology and connect with him. He takes care of his grandkids after school several times a week and, during that time, they go device-free. “I want my grandkids to ‘get out of the noise’ that … Read More

Grandchildren’s Imaginations Come Alive at the Arboretum

When Bruce’s grandchildren were little, they were mesmerized by the mystique of the Overland Park Arboretum. Through their young eyes, their imaginations came alive as they saw and experienced nature. One day while exploring the Arboretum’s 300 acres, they came across small bluffs and rocks overhanging parts of a hiking trail. They immediately named it … Read More

Bluebird Project at the Arboretum

from the August 2017 Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter By Milt Noelken In 2007, Hugh McCreery, Bob Buehler, John Martin and Sue Davidson, members of the Friends of the Arboretum Bird Committee at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, initiated the Bluebird Project. The project, designed to enlarge the local eastern bluebird population, consists … Read More

Exercise Learn and Play

The Arboretum: Where We Excercise, Learn and Play! Meet Nancy and her great-grandchildren as they explore the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in this video.

Grandmother and Granddaughters Explore

Grandmother and granddaughters explore the Arboretum’s wide-open spaces. Meet them as they enjoy the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in this video.  

Conversations Come Naturally for Grandmother, Grandkids at the Arboretum

Maggie and her three grandkids have a special bond, centered on their love for each other and the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. “I see three of my grandchildren daily and we have a strong relationship,” Maggie says. “But finding different things to do with them can be challenging. I bought them a family … Read More

Train Garden Helps Grandmother and Grandson Become Buddies

Pam’s 4-year-old grandson loves trains, so he loves exploring the Overland Park Arboretum’s Train Garden. That special spot has become a favorite place for Pam and Nolan to spend time together. “When we go to the Arboretum, nothing else is competing for my grandson’s attention, so we really get to enjoy each other,” Pam says. … Read More