Elephant Tree Nature Camp 2022
From Our Executive Director
Dear friends,

It’s official, summer is here! At the Arboretum, summer means camp is in full swing, our summer art exhibit is open, our Sounds of a Summer Night concert series is underway, and the gardens are full and lush. Be sure to stop by the Arboretum when you have a free moment, the grounds are beautiful and so peaceful. You will feel as though you are on vacation.

Until next time,
Adult Programs
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Tuesday, July 12, 7 pm

Join Tracy Hart for breathing exercises, guided meditation, and a full moon sound healing with crystal singing bowls, all of which promote deep relaxation and healing of the mind and body. The full moon is a great time for setting intentions. Bring your own chair or yoga mat and anything else needed for comfort (e.g. bug spray) to be outside. 
Wednesday, July 13, 7 pm

The Suyat Band will be bringing a touch of Hawaii to the Mainland and Reeves-Reed Arboretum! Steadily building a reputation as one of the most consistently crowd-pleasing live acts on the East Coast, The Suyat Band delivers high-energy hits from yesterday and today with rock-solid musicianship and warm-hearted Aloha spirit. Led by its namesake, Hawaiian-born Matthew Suyat, a champion at the Apollo Theater and American Idol Top 24 Finalist, the band has performed at such historic venues as NYC's BB King's, Stephen's Talkhouse, and NJ's Wellmont Theater.

Grounds open at 6 pm for concertgoers to picnic. Performances begin at 7 pm sharp. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Concerts are rain or shine and will move indoors in case of inclement weather. RRA Members are free; Non-Members $15/person; Students $5.

Click on the dates below for details about our other upcoming concerts.
Thursday, July 28, 6 - 9 pm

With the NYC skyline as a backdrop, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find great paddling in the Meadowlands. The many creeks, sweeping through grassy hills and phragmites, offer an ecological system of tidal waters, where wading birds and other wildlife forage for food in the mud flats at low tide. This is a great daytime paddle and home to some beautiful sunsets. Witness this unexpected gem right under our noses.

Led by an ACA (American Canoe Association) certified kayak instructor from Kayak East, this tour is rated "Easy" meaning no experience is necessary. This tour is for paddlers of any skill level.
Children & Family Programs
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Registration is required unless otherwise noted.
Please click here to review our updated masking policies for children's programs.

Have the kids join us for summer adventures in the garden on select Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am, during July and August!

Bugs all about! What's nibbling on that plant, and burrowing in the soil? Come make a discovery in the garden.

The hunt is on! Surprising things abound in and through the garden - let's find them!

Let's create something special together for your garden at home!

Creatures big and small visit the summer garden. We'll take a hike through our meadow and on our trails to learn interesting facts about our garden friends.

Get ready for the harvest! We'll gather all the ripe fruit and vegetables and head up to the historic Wisner House kitchen to prepare a summer feast to share.
Wednesday, July 13, 4 - 5:30 pm (children ages 5-10)
Thursday, August 18, 4 - 5:30 pm (children ages 5-10)

It’s no secret that tea time is a wonderful experience to be shared with friends. Adults have been partaking of this ritual for centuries. What makes this tea extra special is that it’s just for kids! In this program we will be joined by Richard Wright, owner of The Secret Tea Room, who will guide us through the process of making freshly baked chocolate scones and delicious summer tea.
Friday, July 15, 7 pm (families w/ children ages 5+)

Join us for a night of fun around the campfire with stories, songs, games, and interesting nighttime facts. If the sky is clear, we'll do some stargazing and learn about the night sky!
Art Exhibits
Artist's Talk & Reception, Sunday, August 21, 2-3:30 pm

Join artist William Durkin in the Wisner House Gallery on Sunday, August 21, 2022 from 2-3:30 pm for an artist's reception. This event is FREE for both Arboretum members and non-members. Registration is requested but not required. Click here.

'The Shoaling' is the culmination of William Durkin’s lifelong love of the water and its inhabitants. An assembly of nearly 40 dynamic, glimmering sculptures compels us to take a closer look at the beauty of our oceans, rivers, and lakes—and the great perils they are facing. For more about the artist and this extraordinary exhibit, please click here.
Through Wednesday, May 31, 2023

We are happy to welcome two new sculptures to our garden by local artist Donna Conklin King: Alternate Universe and Monument for Healing. Donna Conklin King is a contemporary American artist known for her concrete sculptures. Her work explores the relationship between nature, architecture, and the ruins of civilization, creating settings that reveal the complexities of the human condition. For more about the artist and the sculptures, please click here.
Volunteer Opportunities
Saturdays 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join our horticulture staff working outdoors to maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds. Registration is required in case of cancellations. Please click here to register, or email Volunteer Coordinator, Trish Cassin, at t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org
Other News
Free guided tours of the Arboretum take place Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Tours begin at the Visitors Center. No reservations are required and tours are on a first-come, first-served basis for individuals who would like to learn more about the current season's highlights. Limit of 7 people per tour. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No groups. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. Please check our home page for garden tour updates. 
The Arboretum is the perfect setting for the collaboration between nature and art!

BOLD Arts performing arts camp was back for it's 7th summer. Find out all about it in our latest blog post by Environmental Educator, Linda Price.

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-8787
Wisner House Open: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday - Friday
Grounds Open: 9 am to 4 pm daily (November - March)
7 am to 7 pm daily (April - October)
Programs and events at RRA are made possible, in part, by support from:
Novartis; Lois Schneider Realtor; Bartlett Tree Experts; Infantini Landscaping; Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation; E.J. Grassmann Trust; Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation; The Summit Foundation; Hyde & Watson Foundation; Union Foundation; Kessler Foundation; Garden Clubs of America; Summit Garden Club; Junior League of Summit; Ciel Power LLC; NJ Historic Trust; Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; DEP/Green Acres Grant Program; Union County Board of County Commissioners, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Community Renewal. 

Special thanks to our media partners including
TAPInto, Summit Living, Macaroni Kid, Patch, NJ.com and Renna Media.

Signature membership activities for 2022 are underwritten with generous support from Investors Bank.