Adult Programs

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Join Julie Baum for Forest Therapy Walks this fall! Julie is training to become a forest therapy guide, and is so excited to provide the people of Reno with this service.

See the Arboretum as you never have before with a slow, guided, sensory based walk through the gardens. After the walk, join Julie for a tea ceremony. To learn more, visit Julie's website.

These walks occur every third Sunday in the fall, at 7:30 am and last 2.5 hours.

Spots are limited and registration is required. Email Hannah at to claim your spot.

It is recommended that in lieu of a registration fee, participants make a donation to the May Arboretum.


Smoky Skies and Citizen Science 

Details of wildfire event, stylized into flyerJoin us on October 5th from 6pm-7:30pm for a free educational talk co-hosted by the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and the Desert Research Institute. We will gather in the Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael, 1595 N. Sierra St.

Learn about local research that aims to strengthen our understanding of wildfires as presenters from the Desert Research Institute discuss two ongoing wildfire science studies including a citizen science opportunity. Researchers will explain how we can improve tools for predicting impact on human health and atmospheric conditions by studying the size distribution of particles in the air on days impacted by wildfire emissions. Your observational skills can also shed light on wildfires’ behavior; learn how community members help researchers improve analyses of wildfire smoke plumes by submitting photos of ash to Ashfall Citizen Science.

This talk is created for a general, lay audience and all are welcome, though older children and adults may enjoy it most. For questions, contact Hannah Hill at