Winter Family Fun for adults and children ages 5 and older
Meet in the Woodland Trails parking lot across the road from the Iowa Arboretum entrance
Hike for about an hour on rolling trails with beautiful winter vistas
Learn the history of snowshoeing and basic winter hiking skills
Click on this link to get suggestions for Dress for Winter Weather
Enjoy hot chocolate and a chance to warm up afterward
Borrow a pair of snowshoes and poles or bring your own
Boone County Conservation owns 40 pairs of snowshoes and adjustable hiking poles
Snowshoe equipment made possible through a grant awarded by the Leonard A. Good Trust and a donation from the Friends of Franklin PTO
Call or email Katie Healy, Boone County Naturalist, to reserve your snowshoes in advance
515-230-3285 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on this link to view the Snowshoe Waiver that participants will need to sign
**We need a minimum of 3 inches of snow to use the snowshoes. If there is no snow, but enough people that still want to hike, we will go for a winter hike on the trails.
Don’t be a couch potato build your own spud at the Iowa Arboretum on January 27th from 4-7 p.m. Come out and enjoy a potato bar with all the fixings. Andy Bartlett, DNR Park Manager of Ledges State Park, will be giving a presentation about Ledges State Park at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $8.00 per person.
Iowa Arboretum’s own Kevin Lantz and family members will be making scrumptious pancakes. Come hungry and challenge Kevin to make interesting shaped pancakes for you. Price: $8
Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
This year’s speaker will be Nate Bremer. Nate owns Solaris which is located on an old dairy farmstead in Reedsville, Wisconsin. Nate is a retired science teacher with a background in conservation and plant science. Nate and his wife Kim run the nursery that specializes in daylilies, peonies, and lilies. The nursery offers over 3,000 cultivars of daylilies that can be grown in regions of the Midwest. Solaris Farms’ plants are sold online and at the nursery during the growing season. He will be speaking about tree peonies and daylilies. The Morning Talk will be: “Woody Peonies: ‘Wow Factors’ for Your Garden” and the Afternoon Talk will be: “Summer Color: Daylilies for the Northern Garden”. Registration includes a free tree peony and lunch. Price: $55 for members and $65 for non-members (before March 24), $60 for members and $70 for non-members after March 24th.
Taste real maple syrup and learn about the art and science of maple syrup production. See how to tap and cook sap into delicious maple syrup. The event will include timber sports demonstrations. Iowa State University Forestry Honor Society Xi Sigma Pi members will be preparing a pancake breakfast to help support their honor society.
The celebration of trees is scheduled from 10 am to 12 noon and is free to the public. Tree climbing for children will be the highlight of the morning. Children will put on a harness and helmet and be guided by Iowa Arborist Association members as they climb a tree. Demonstrations and other activities are planned for the morning. There will be a special appearance by Smokey the Bear. Join us for a fun and educational morning at the Arboretum.