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Outdoor Musical Instruments Event

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August 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


The public is invited to the Outdoor Musical Instrument Dedication Ceremony at Wagner Farm Arboretum (WFA) on Sunday August 1st from 10 am – 2 pm, with a rain date of August 7th. Made possible by a generous donation from the Kay Collier Foundation, the multigenerational musical instruments were added to the WFA Children’s Garden in honor of Karen Manner’s 18 years of service to the Arboretum. Karen is a lifelong resident of Warren, and was a WFA Trustee for 16 years, most recently serving as President from 2017- 2020.

The dedication will take place in the pesticide-free Children’s Garden near the instruments. WFA invites all attendees to test the new musical instruments, which provide people of all ages an opportunity to play together in an outdoor environment. The instruments build confidence and encourage personal creativity and self-expression. All are welcome to come and make music, alone or in concert with others. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and spend some time at Warren’s hidden gem of a play area.

This is a free event. Educational tables will be available to provide you with information about beekeeping (yes, there is a honey bee colony at WFA!), our Community Garden, our Giving Garden, WFA Membership, our yearly Brite Nites event and Geocaching (ues, there is a geocache at WFA). Children attending will be given environmental scavenger hunt game boards and bird bingo cards to hunt on their own. Some outdoor games will be available for children also, along with a sprinkler to cool off if the weather is very hot. There will be guided tours given of our Community Garden at 11 am, noon and 1 pm – note that this is THE ONLY TIME that non-members will be allowed into the garden.

WFA is a 501( c )(3) nonprofit organization located at 197 Mountain Ave. in Warren, NJ. WFA was formed in 2004 to create and maintain a conservancy on the land of the former Wagner Dairy Farm. WFA is dedicated to the environmental and horticultural education of children and adults through the collection, study and display of diverse trees, shrubs and other plant life in a natural setting, and to encourage the cultivation and conservation of plant life in ways that promote community involvement


August 1
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


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