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 Trial” 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.
Postponed to October 28 due to pending inclement weather.
Join the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers for a guided tour of the fall night sky. You’ll have a chance to trace out the constellations as well as see colorful double stars, nebulae, galaxies, and possibly a planet or two. We will have on site several large telescopes and binoculars. The event is open to all ages and snacks will be provided.
Rain Date: Saturday, October 28 – 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Time for our annual fall floral workshop lead by Nan Bonfils and Sandy Gossman. We guarantee you will take home something you can use right away plus tips from Nan and Sandy for quick switch outs to give your piece a fresh look for winter. Nan and Sandy will guide you and inspire you to complete a seasonal door decoration for your home. They will also demonstrate how to assemble a companion standing arrangement for you 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.
Children are welcome accompany an adult in making their project. Children who wish to complete a separate project need to pay a separate workshop fee.
$20 members, $25 nonmembers
Dad’s Belgian Waffles returns to the Arboretum to serve mammoth size waffles that will fill your plate and satisfy your appetite. See wonderfully Iowa Grown and decorated Christmas trees. Santa will be flying in from the North Pole to make a guest appearance. A great event for the entire family. Price: $9
Come and test out some snowshoes! Boone County Naturalist Katie Healy will be here to teach participants how to snowshoe on January 13th and February 3rd. Join us for a discussion about snowshoeing before hitting the trails to experience snowshoeing for yourself. Afterwards, regroup in the Hughes Education Building for a cup of hot cocoa. If there’s no snow, join us instead for a winter hike along the same route. Snowshoes will be provided.