Events Calendar

Jan
22
Sun
Snowshoe Hike at Iowa Arboretum
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Snowshoe Hike at Iowa Arboretum

Winter Family Fun for adults and children ages 5 and older

Cost:FREE

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 khealy@boonecounty.iowa.gov

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.

Jan
27
Fri
Spud Night
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Spud Night

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.

Feb
24
Fri
Soup Supper
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Soup Supper

Join us for a delicious bowl of soup, dipping bread and yummy dessert. Listen to a topical presentation at 5:30 p.m. This is a great way to connect with the Arboretum during the colder months. Price: $8

Mar
11
Sat
Pancake Breakfast
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pancake Breakfast

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

Apr
1
Sat
Spring Symposium
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Symposium

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.

Apr
8
Sat
Maple Syrup Celebration
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Maple Syrup Celebration

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.

Apr
29
Sat
Run for the Trees
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Run for the Trees

Join the Iowa Arboretum and the Boone County Historical Society for a beautiful scenic 5K or 1 mi. Family Walk/Run on well-maintained trails. What could be a better spring location to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate Arbor Day!? A fun variety of Arbor Day activities will follow the race!

Arbor Day
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Arbor Day

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.

May
5
Fri
Garden Social & Auction
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Garden Social & Auction

Join us for our big “fun”draiser of the season! We start off with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction filled with fabulous plants, garden supplies, artwork and more. Then, we’re on to the live auction where you can bid on your favorite rare and exotic plants and other amazing items.