Things with Wings returns to Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor on July 31

FILE - Monarch butterflies land on branches at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. On Thursday, July 21, 2022, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said migrating monarch butterflies have moved closer to extinction in the past decade prompting scientists to officially designate them as endangered." (AP Photo/Nic Coury, File) (Nic Coury)

ANN ARBOR – The annual Things with Wings will return to Matthaei Botanical Gardens from 1-4 p.m. on July 31.

The free youth event takes place each year to celebrate the many birds and insects that fly around us.

It will be held in the display gardens and features activities for local students including:

  • Birds from the Leslie Science & Nature Center
  • Living beehive brought by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
  • Bug hunt
  • Fairy scavenger hunt
  • Paper wing-making craft station

Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd.

Admission to the gardens and conservatory is free but there is paid parking on site.

Opening hours are from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

To learn more about events at the gardens, click here.

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.