About Us

The Iowa Arboretum, located on 415 acres in the heart of Boone County, contains hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a quiet scenic setting. This living museum offers something for visitors of all ages and interests.

Its main goal is to help people appreciate and better understand plant life. Here you can learn which plants are best adapted to the soils and climate of Iowa and how to use these plants properly for landscaping, gardening conservation and other purposes. The Arboretum also serves as an outdoor laboratory for testing the hardiness and adaptability of newly introduced plants.

Come and walk the “Library Trail” to experience 19 different plant collections, plants with similar uses grouped together. Explore the 348 acre preserve, offering self-guided woodland trails that pass by scenic overlooks, deep ravines, and streams. Take time to enjoy this beautiful natural Iowa landscape.