PHA Butterfly Hunt

Now through August 31, Throughout the Polly Hill Arboretum Grounds

Colorful butterflies are fluttering around the Polly Hill Arboretum this summer! Follow the trail map to find them and learn about each butterfly’s favorite foods and habitat along the way. You can find the trail map and information about butterflies and pollinator plants in a brochure box next to the PHA Visitor Center.


Children’s Poetry Exhibit

In Polly Hill Arboretum’s Far Barn

This summer, we are hosting a children’s poetry exhibit showcasing poems written by Island children during April (National Poetry Month), in honor of Arbor Day. Enjoy imaginative poems at the Arboretum and find inspiration in nature.


Arboretum Quest

The Arboretum has had its own quest in past years, and was at one time part of an Island-wide quest. Youth Educator Elliott Bennett recently revived this fun tradition with a fresh take. Designing a new Arboretum quest along with Education, Membership, and Outreach Coordinator Ann Quigley, Elliott has created an engaging way for kids and families to discover the unique plants of the Arboretum, bringing them to corners of the grounds they may never have explored, and providing fascinating plant facts along the way. Enjoy a safe outdoor activity with family and friends, pose next to the plaque you will find upon completing the quest, and if you want, share your success on social media and encourage others to try it out.


Arboretum admission is $5; Free for children 9 and under, and free for PHA members. The Arboretum grounds are open daily sunrise-sunset. All buildings including restrooms are currently closed to the public. Please wear a mask and maintain a six foot distance from other visitors. Enjoy nature while staying safe!