Events Calendar

Watershed Photo Exhibit
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm

Opening reception Sunday October 2 from 1-3 PM Hughes Educational Center

“River Stories: Views from an Iowa Watershed,” a community photo exhibit is coming to the Iowa Arboretum. The exhibit was created by a group of six area women landowners this spring. Courtney Turnis, Chris Henning, Jan Kaiser, Danielle Wirth, Patti Edwardson, and Colleen Radebaugh documented their experiences in the watershed through photographs and short narratives, or “photostories.”

The Arboretum will host an opening reception on Sunday, October 2 from 1-3 in the Hughes Education Center. The event is free. The storyboards will remain on exhibit for one week. The Hughes Education Center is open weekdays 9-4; Saturdays 10-4; Sundays noon-4.

River Stories is co-sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network and the Raccoon River Watershed Association. The project is possible thanks to funding from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

“Paws in the Park” 5K Run/Walk
Oct 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

On Saturday, October 8th, The Foundation for the Boone Area Humane Society will hold its annual “Paws in the Park” 5K run/walk. You are welcome to come with or without your four-legged friend on a healthy 5K run/walk on behalf of the Foundation through the beautiful Iowa Arboretum.

Registration forms are available at the shelter, 228 W. 16th St. in Boone or you can register at

Registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 AM in the Cafferty building at the Iowa Arboretum.  This event will take place rain, mud  or shine.

Giving Voice to Your Sense of Place- A Writing Workshop
Oct 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Educational Program-A sense of placeThis writing experience mixes direct instruction with playful experimentation. It’s for beginners, journal jotters, author wannabes, and anyone curious about how the writing process unfolds. We’ll start by exploring the Iowa Arboretum and finding words to convey a sense of place. Along the way Nan Bonfils will give you prompts for jumpstarting your writing and strategies for propelling it. You will not be obliged to share your writing although you will be welcome to do so. You will leave with three pieces for your portfolio and inspiration for more.

The workshop is designed for adults. Students of high school age can also enroll. Please dress to spend time outdoors and bring a chair for sitting outside.

Nan is our Education Coordinator.  She co-directed and taught at the East Asia Writing Project.

Pumpkin Carving
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Pumpkin Carving

Test your carving skills and enjoy a hot bowl of chili, a warm piece of cornbread and a cool dessert. The pumpkins will be displayed during the Arboretum’s Halloween events.

RSVP: or by calling 515.795.3216

Ar “boo” ween” Halloween Event
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ar "boo" ween" Halloween Event

Put on your favorite super hero, princess or creative costume and join the parade of activities and treats at the Arboretum.  Scarecrows and pumpkins will be decorated for the holiday. Enjoy hayrides, the hay maze and games at this fun family Halloween event.

Ar “Boo” Scare
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As the sun sets over the Iowa Arboretum… the Halloween Ar “Boo” Scare event begins. Darkness, sounds of time past and hidden surprises set the stage for Halloween night. Walk the “No Return Hidden Trail” and ride the “Hayride to the Valley of Darkness.” Bring a flashlight, wear a costume and enjoy the cool night air. Look for carved pumpkins, scare crows and lots of treats and treasures at this night event.

Gardening with Wildlife
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Educaional Program-Gardening with WildlifeDo the deer munch your hostas? Do chipmunks sabotage your landscaping? Rabbits, raccoons, moles, ground hogs and squirrels, just to name a few can all make gardening perilous. But there are ways to successfully coexist with the creatures in our backyards and farms. Jim Pease, Associate Professor Emeritus ISU, will talk about some principles of gardening with wildlife in mind. He says you must recognize the invaders, identify the damage they are doing, learn about the animal, and change the circumstances of the habitat.  These changes might include exclusion, scare tactics, repellents, or removal. Come get the details from a man with four decades of experience. Bring your questions.

Woof Walk
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Woof Walk

What do trees and dogs have in common? Bark if you know the answer.  It’s our first ever WOOF WALK – a fun afternoon for canines and the people who love them.  Bring your dog for a little socializing with others as you walk a trail of dog riddles that are sure to make you smile. No dog, no problem. You will still get exercise, meet new people, and grin.  Refreshments, light-hearted contests, ECO Weave participation, and small door prizes await you.  Nan Bonfils and Tobey are your hosts.

Bats in Transition to Winter
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Educational Program-Bats credit Iowa Wildlife Rehabilitators AssociationAfter lots of Halloween teasing about bats, Marlene Ehresman, Executive Director of the Iowa Wildlife Center, brings us the scientific perspective. Really, who are these creatures? What are their contributions, needs, and challenges in an ecosystem dominated by people? How can we coexist sustainably? Family friendly for sure, and, yes, there will be bats!

Fall Florals with Sandy Gossman
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Save the date and register early for our annual fall floral workshop taught by Sandy Gossman.  We guarantee you will take home something you can use right away plus tips from Sandy for quick switch outs to give your piece a fresh look for winter. Sandy will guide you and inspire you to complete a seasonal door decoration for your home. She will also demonstrate how to assemble a companion standing arrangement for your entrance using similar materials. You will leave with enough plant material to complete the second project at home if you wish.

Participants, guided by Arboretum staff, will be allowed to gather plant materials from the Arboretum grounds for this workshop. (That’s half the fun.)  Please dress so that you can spend some time outdoors and please bring garden clippers and light gloves. All other materials will be provided.

$20 members             $25 nonmembers              Prices include a $5.00 materials fee.

Please pre-register so that we can prepare adequate supplies.