Events Calendar

Land Management “Prairie, Forest and Other Ecosystems”
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Listen to local business owner Luke Gran of Prudenterra talk about the ways to
create, restore and manage native prairie, oak savanna, wetlands, and forest.
Fee: $5 for members and $10 for non-members

Forest Bathing
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in the medicine of the forest. This gentle two hour forest therapy walk offers a rich experience in nature that can improve mood and provide relaxation. Certified guides, Julie and Joseph Breshears, from Forest Therapy
Pathways, will guide you to use your senses to take in the healing environment of The Iowa Arboretum. Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing offers researched-based health benefits such as lowered blood pressure, decreased anxiety, and improved cognitive functioning. Slow down and unplug with mindfulness based and nature connection invitations. Join us for this unique wellness activity to unwind and rejuvenate! To better enjoy the walk please come prepared in the following ways:
• Wear comfortable walking shoes; hiking shoes are not necessary.
• Dress in layers.
• Bring drinking water

Member and Non-Members: $15.00

Paws in the Park
Oct 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

On Saturday morning, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 am The Foundation for the Boone Area Humane Society will hold its annual “Paws in the Park” 5K run/walk.
We invite you, with or without your four-legged friend, to take a healthy 5K run/
walk on behalf of the Foundation through the beautiful Iowa Arboretum.
Money raised from this event will go to support the Boone Area Humane
Society through the Foundation for the Boone Area Humane Society.
Registration forms are available at the Boone Area Humane Society, 226
West 16th, Boone, IA. Questions can be directed to Krista Moffitt at
The online registration link is

Autumn Walk with Leah Worth
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Leah for a walk around the grounds to hear the stories of the plant
collection and the science behind the changing leaf color.
$5 for members & $10 for non-members

Star Gazing
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Pumpkin Carving
Oct 19 @ 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.

Free Program

Ar “Boo” Ween
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ar "Boo" Ween

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.

Free Event

Ar “Boo” Scare
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ar "Boo" Scare

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.

Free Event

Holiday Sale
Nov 11 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Sale

Delight in holiday treats and sounds as the festive season begins at the Arboretum’s gift shop. Find the perfect gift at the Holiday Sale. All gift shop items purchased will get complimentary gift wrapping.

Wrappin’ at the Arboretum
Nov 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wrappin' at the Arboretum

Come enjoy a breakfast burrito wrap and then go shopping at the Iowa Arboretum Holiday Sale. All gift shop items purchased will get complimentary gift wrapping. 

Fee: $8