Chesapeake Arboretum

Chesapeake Arboretum is 45-acres of trails and hardwood forest that come together to create "Nature’s Classroom.” The arboretum provides groups with three different nature walks complete with ID tags to help them identify the plants and trees. On the Native Tree Trail, groups will see trees such as the flowering dogwood and sweet bay magnolia. The Urban Forestry (“S.A.F.E.R.”) Trail self-guided walk features trees that benefit the community in different ways. Groups will also enjoy seeing fruit and flower bearing trees in the Native Woodland Garden, which features the Southern crabapple, sassafras, and more.
Contact Info 
Address: 624 Old Oak Grove Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23320. City of Chesapeake. Tel: 757-382-7060. Email: Website: Hrs: Daily, Sunrise to sunset.  
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Free.

Botanical Gardens Fun Facts

Bamboo can grow over three feet in one day (you can literally watch it grow).

There are 600 species of carnivorous plants, which trap and digest insects, frogs, or small birds (if a vegetarian eats this plant, are they still a vegetarian?)

The world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, can grow up to three feet in diameter (have campers figure out how big a bouquet would be).

The diverse world of plants is perhaps the weirdest, and most fascinating, of all living things. A guided tour can help your campers discover interesting plant facts.