Eagle Scouts

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by

Klehm Arboretum Botanic Garden offers various Eagle Scout projects for scouts to take part in and complete. If you are interested in completing a project, please fill out the form below. Name(required) Email(required)...

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Nature and Fallen Leaves

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by

Not only do leaves make trees look beautiful, their importance in sustaining life on this planet cannot be understated. Their bright green appearance in the spring is an indication of the beginning of a new life cycle. In the summer leaves provide much needed shelter from heat and rain for wildlife and humans alike. They also serve as the vehicle through which trees produce their own food. Their dramatic beauty in the fall is simply unparalleled. In addition to all of this, properly used as mulch or compost they provide outstanding organic matter and nutrients to the soil called humus. Soils that have a high humus content, have abundant living biological activity to convert plant residues, leaf litter, animal dung and various biomass into stable humus. Humus gives the soil the ability to absorb...

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Indicators of Trunk Decay

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by

A good indicator of decay is the presence of fungal fruiting structures on the trunk, limbs, or roots.  Fungal fruiting structures come in a variety of shapes such as bracket, hoof, shelf (collectively called conks) and mushrooms (toadstools).  Textures can range from spongy, stringy, crumbly, flaky, woody, leathery, corky to fleshy.  Color may be yellow, orange, brown, white or black.  Sunken or raised areas that are wet or dry on trunks or limbs can also be indicators of decay.  Open wounds at the base of a tree or spots where limbs have failed or have been pruned, especially improperly pruned, often signal extensive wood decay. Identifying trees with wood decay can also be difficult at times.  Decay that occurs cylindrically in the center of the trunk may be hidden from view by a ring...

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Cub Scouts

Monday, October 13, 2014 by

Klehm Arboretum has the perfect facility and grounds for your Cub Scout to complete their various requirements. Our self-guided program is simple and allows Cub Scouts and their den a convenient way to satisfy multiple requirements all in one place. Download Flyer Here’s How Our Program Works 1.) Select one of the requirements from the list below 2.) Download the PDF file to prepare for your visit to Klehm 3.) Bring your own printed/ downloaded PDF with you OR take advantage of the Cub Scout Adventure Packs (learn more below) 4.) Visit Klehm and complete the requirements   The Cub Scout Adventure Packs These backpacks are available for pick up at the Visitors Center. Each requirement has its own backpack. The backpack includes a notebook, writing utensils, other materials needed for the program, and...

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