Events: Outdoor

Bus Trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

  • June 8, 2024
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  • Depart at 6:30am | Return at 6:30pm
  • $85 per person
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A woman in a colorful dress stands taking photos of roses in a rose garden.
Did you know that June is National Rose Month? Photo: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum for an exciting bus tip to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens on Saturday, June 8!

Designed in 1897 by John Charles and Frederick Law Olmstead, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (BBG) opened in May 1911 and today holds over 14,000 taxonomies of plants across 52 acres in Brooklyn, New York City. The Garden is most well-known for its Cherry Blossoms, but also features over 14 other wonderful gardens, pavilions, and collections, including the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. This trip is at-your-own pace, and attendees will have about five hours to enjoy the gardens on their own before departure. To see what will be blooming in June, please click here, or click here to view a Bloom Calendar PDF.

The coach bus will depart LancasterHistory (230 N. President Ave. in Lancaster, PA) at 6:30am on Saturday, June 8 and arrive at the BBG around 10am. The bus departs the gardens at 3pm, returning to LancasterHistory around 6:30pm.

Tickets are $85 per person and includes admission to the BBG, coach bus transportation, and driver gratuity. Meals are not included, so attendees are responsible for dining on their own. (The BBG does have dining options.) Attendees are recommended to wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and bring their own water bottles.

To register for the trip, please click here to purchase your tickets online or call (717) 392-4633, ext. 133 to register over the phone. This trip is open to everyone to attend, but tickets are required.

Limited seating is available, so advance registration is strongly recommended. Ticket sales will close once sold out or by June 5, whichever comes first.

If you have any questions about the trip or registering for the trip, please contact Emily Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 717.392.4633, ext. 133 or via email.

Featured Event Bus Trip Family-Friendly In-Person Event Off-Site Event Outdoor

Storytime [May 30, 2024]

Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature this May during Storytime! Each week, we’ll read aloud from a book centered on a historical or environmental topic, and then lead a craft or activity. This May, we’ll explore gardening, growing, and other springtime themes!

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Credit: Amazon

On May 30, we’ll read Let’s Build a Rain Garden, written and illustrated by Sally Wenczel.

Let’s Build a Rain Garden leads children into Great Lakes Region ecology through verse. They’ll get a close up look at the fun creatures and native plants that thrive inside a rain garden, while learning the more high-level terms STORMWATER and WATERSHED. The book is written for children, however adults will also enjoy taking notes on the basic steps for building a rain garden. Be a part of the solution to stop the pollution. It all begins with YOU! -Amazon

Storytime is free, and registration is required to ensure we have craft supplies for everyone. Storytime is designed for young readers, ages 2-6, but older and younger siblings or friends are welcome to attend. Register for all Storytime programs or individual programs online or over the phone by calling (717) 392-4633.

Storytime will take place outdoors unless it rains, in which case it will be moved indoors. All attendees should abide by LancasterHistory’s Heath & Safety Protocols for Visitors. We kindly ask that at least one (1) adult 18 years or older attend for every household.

Children's Program Family-Friendly In-Person Event Outdoor

May 30, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster 10 - 11am FREE | Registration Required

Nature Series: Pollinators & Butterflies

Graphic features a color photograph of an adult woman with light skin. She wears a deep green colored t-shirt and a baseball cap.Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum on Saturday, July 27 at 10am for our final Nature Series program of 2024: “Pollinators & Butterflies!” We welcome back presenter Lisa Sanchez, a naturalist at the Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation Environmental Center, will discuss the different species of pollinators, such as butterflies, moths, and bees, who are buzzing about in the heat of summer. Attendees will join Lisa for a walk about the Arboretum’s Pollinator Gardens to observe and learn about these vital summer insects and what they can do (and grow) to help local pollinators and butterflies in their yards or green spaces!

Lisa J. Sanchez has been a naturalist at the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation Environmental Center for 30 years. Teaching students of all ages to explore and value the wonders of nature is her passion. She enjoys helping people reconnect with the earth through education and observation. Lisa can often be found in her garden or kayaking on the river.

The event, “Pollinators & Butterflies,” will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 10am at LancasterHistory. Tickets are $5/Adult (18+) and $3/Child. Friends of the Tanger Arboretum members receive complimentary admission, but should still register for the program. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Advance tickets recommended as the program has limited capacity. The program will begin indoors before going outdoors to explore the grounds. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program. AHS Reciprocal Admission Program members may register for tickets in advance and must show a valid membership card upon checking in. AHS Members should contact Emily Miller,, with any questions or to register for tickets in advance.

This event is hosted by the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, a subsidiary organization of LancasterHistory, helps foster public interest in, and support for, the maintenance and development of the Tanger Arboretum as a community asset. To learn more about the Arboretum or to become a member, please visit the Arboretum’s webpage.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Nature Series Outdoor Program

July 27, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave, Lancaster 10am $5/Adults | $3/Children (17 & Under) | FREE Friends of Tanger Arboretum Members