Virtual Tour



 Virtual Tour

Kids Map The National Arboretum is a big place—446 acres. That’s the size of about 339 football fields. An arboretum is an outdoor space that has a collection of plants, especially trees, that are special in some way. (Arboretum means “collection of trees” in Latin.) The National Arboretum was created by Congress in 1927 as the nation’s official location for trees, shrubs, and other plants that government scientists and horticulturists—people who work in gardens—want to collect and study. Since 1927, thousands of different types of plants have been planted here. You can find these plants in special collections like the National Herb Garden—where plants that are useful to people are displayed—or the Asian Collections—where most of the plants are from countries in Asia. These are just two of the fifteen collections and gardens that you can visit.

We’ve created this special tour for kids to introduce you to some of the Arboretum’s most interesting plants and places (actually, we tried to pick the most weird, cool, and gross plants to share with you!). We start at the Administration Building where visitors can come to ask questions and to figure out what they want to see. The tour takes you to all points on the compass, though—north, east, south, and west. (Look at the big map of the Arboretum grounds and find the north arrow. It points to north. Once you know where north is, you can find anything, as long as you know which direction to go.)

Take the virtual tour, then plan your visit to the Arboretum to see the plants and places in person. You can print the map and a list of the tour stops by clicking here. Have fun!

Virtual Tour Options:

Start here, at the beginning

Go directly to a specific tour stop by clicking a specific spot on the Map below

Browse thumbnail images of the Virtual Tour with links to each specific spot

Parents and teachers click here for information on how to use the tour as a field trip

Kids Page Map Go to Introduction Go to slide 2-4 Go to slide 5-9 Go to slide 10 Go to slide 11-12 Go to slide 13 Go to slide 14-15 Go to slide 16 Go to slide 17 Go to slide 18 Go to slide 19-20 Go to slide 21 Go to slide 22 Go to slide 23 Go to slide 24 Go to slide 25 Go to slide 26 Go to slide 27 Go to slide 28

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Last Updated   July 9, 2009 4:33 PM