September 2014

September 2014

          Saturday, September 6, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
The Arboretum gallery features exhibits by area artists whose work celebrates nature. Robin Veerkamp and Janet Schlauderaff will exhibit their work together. Veerkamp, of Picayune, specializes in color pencil, and pen and ink drawings of landscapes, plants and animals. Schlauderaff, from Lumberton, crafts gourds into baskets, bowls, and decorative display items. Light refreshments will be served. The opening event is free to members and non-members.

Saturday, September 13
Registration opens 7:00 a.m.; Run at 8:00 a.m.
Enjoy an early morning 5K run through the Crosby Arboretum’s beautiful exhibits! The event is being conducted by Teen Challenge of Poplarville, a non-profit organization that reaches out to men and woman of all ages who suffer from addictions. Register on-line at Cost of $25.00 includes site admission. The event will be a Teen Challenge family day, including face painting and crafts. For information, contact Erica Sloan at, or (601) 795-8063.

Bugfest  (Family Event!)
     Friday, Sept. 26, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
     Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bring the family for a two-day extravaganza of buggy events! Friday 10 am to 2 pm is open to insect collecting by school and homeschool groups (groups over 20 persons must call 601-799-2311 to pre-register for an arrival time). Students $2; no charge for teachers, chaperones, or bus drivers until 6 p.m. Collecting continues 2 to 6 pm; this is an excellent time period for concentrated collecting and a greater opportunity for individual assistance at the insect ID/mounting station (open the entire event). Friday 6 to 8 pm children will enjoy entomology-based activities on the Buggy Midway. Night collecting begins at dusk, using lighted sheets to draw insects. Bring flashlight or headlamp! Midway is open Saturday 10:00 am to noon. The New Orleans Audubon Institute’s Bugmobile presents in the afternoon. See live insect demonstrations, collections, pet bugs, exhibits, and more. Friday after 6 pm., and all day Saturday, non-members entry $5 for adults and $2 for children. Members free. Visit to download an insect collecting manual, from the site’s program calendar page.

Saturday, September 20    
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Even through autumn marks the traditional end of the growing season, it is still full of beautiful wildflowers. Join Arboretum Director Pat Drackett for an overview of the area’s most stunning bloomers, and the species that are best-suited for your home garden. We’ll also cover resources for wildflower identification, and discuss species currently blooming in the savannas. Members free; non-members $5. Register by Sept 19.

Dr. Juan Mata,professor of biology, University of South Alabama will not be leading a mushroom walk this fall, but please check back for a future walk in spring or fall 2015.

To reserve your space in a program, please call the Arboretum office at 601-799-2311.



The Crosby Arboretum is owned and operated by Mississippi State University.
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