Events Calendar

Feb
14
Sun
HIBERNATION CELEBRATION at the Iowa Arboretum Get off the gridiron
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

12 noon to 3 PM

Perfect for all ages- families, friends, singles-
Come enjoy the Hughes Education Center
and Arboretum grounds in winter.

Program Highlights

  • Family yoga – just right for everybody
  • Soup’s on- Meet the guest chef and take home a taste
  • Local artist- get acquainted with this special guest
  • Outdoor activities weather pending
  • Birdwatching at the feeders all afternoon
  • Silent zone with natural light available all afternoon
  • Bring a board game, hobby, journal or curl up with a good book.

Gift shop open. Light refreshments served.

Suggested good will donation $5-10.

We may have to cancel for really bad weather.

Sponsored by: Centering Porch LLC, Madrid, Iowa

 

Feb
26
Fri
Soup Supper
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Soup Supper

Warm up at the Arboretum with a hot bowl of soup, bread and fixings.  Finish with a warm slice of pie or cake.  A great way to connect with the Arboretum during the cooler months. At 6 pm enjoy a presentation from a extraordinary naturalist with the Dallas County Conservation Board, Mike Havlik.  His presentation is “Look Up and Look Out” – birds of prey.  Come out to listen to Mike talk about owls, eagles, and other birds of prey.

$7 per person

Feb
27
Sat
Landscape Design Refresher – Iowa Trees, Shrubs, Prairie Plants and Sustainable Landscapes
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
A Landscape Design Refresher sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa will be held at The Iowa Arboretum on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  This event is open to all interested parties including the general public, garden club members, and master gardeners.  The master gardeners may count eight (8) hour toward their Continuing Education requirement.
The cost is $40 including lunch and refreshments.
For more information or questions contact David Moody at pmmoody@mchsi.com or 515-576-6021.
Agenda and registration form:
Mar
5
Sat
All About Bluebirds @ Hughes Educational Building
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

One of the most conscientious bluebird trackers in the state, Karl Jungbluth, will lead this class. Come find out what makes bluebirds keep coming back each spring. Or did they stick around this winter? What do they like to eat? He will talk about all kinds of bluebird behaviors – migration, scouting, nesting, feeding, fledging, and back to migration. Get an update on the Arboretum’s bluebird trail. Learn what you can do to support these beautiful birds as their habitat continues to shrink. Karl will guide us in discovering the best design features among many bluebird houses on the market. You will take home the plans for building your own bluebird box. We will also have bluebird houses for sale in the Arboretum gift shop.

Karl gardens with wildlife around his rural Boone home. He is retired from the National Weather Service and is President Emeritus of the Iowa Audubon Society.

$10 members $15 non-members

Mar
6
Sun
HIBERNATION CELEBRATION at the Iowa Arboretum Get off the gridiron!
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

12 noon to 3 PM

Perfect for all ages- families, friends, singles-
Come enjoy the Hughes Education Center
and Arboretum grounds in winter.

Program Highlights

  • Family yoga – just right for everybody
  • Soup’s on- Meet the guest chef and take home a taste
  • Local artist- get acquainted with this special guest
  • Outdoor activities weather pending
  • Birdwatching at the feeders all afternoon
  • Silent zone with natural light available all afternoon
  • Bring a board game, hobby, journal or curl up with a good book.

Gift shop open. Light refreshments served.

Suggested good will donation $5-10.

We may have to cancel for really bad weather.

Sponsored by: Centering Porch LLC, Madrid, Iowa

Mar
12
Sat
Pancake Breakfast and Children’s Craft
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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. Join the Arboretum’s own Nan Bonfils and make a fun children’s craft.

$8 per person (children 5 and younger – free)

Mar
13
Sun
“Sunday Sketchers”
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
"Sunday Sketchers"

Local artist Carla Boekelman and Richard Parker will be leading classes in drawing with oil pastels, watercolor paints, ink pen and pencil.  These two accomplished artists will provide the instruction and subject matter while the Arboretum provides hospitality in a great space. Participants bring all their own supplies- watercolors or oil pastels, paper, brushes, pencils, erasers, etc.  If participants do not already have supplies, Carla and Richard will provide a short list for recommended purchase at local craft stores. All levels of experience are welcome- even beginners.  The class is for High School age and older.

$10 per class per member                        $15 per class nonmember

Apple Grafting @ Cafferty Building
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are delighted to offer you an afternoon with Dan Bussey, the orchard manager from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. Learn how to graft and care for apple trees. He will discuss the history of the apple, apple propagation. You will be able to take home three grafted trees to begin your very own orchard. This is a hands-on experience with all materials provided. Joe McNally, Horticulture Project Manager for the Iowa Arboretum, will assist Dan Bussey. If you have questions about the class please contact Joe at joe@iowaarboretum.org or 515-795-3216.

Pleases pre-register. We have a maximum enrollment so registration is only being taken by phone at 515-795-3216. We ask that you pay when you make your reservation.

$35 for members                  $40 non-members

Mar
20
Sun
Spring Into Blooms @ Hughes Educational Building
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Spring Into Blooms @ Hughes Educational Building

The calendar says this is the first day of spring but the weather may be telling us otherwise. Let’s cheer on spring with paper blossoms till the real ones emerge. This is definitely a hands-on class. You will learn to make a variety of paper flowers from super simple to gently challenging. We will use repurposed as well as higher end materials. Everything will be supplied, except we ask you to bring along scissors. You will take home a colorful bouquet with seasonal accents. Nan Bonfils and Sandy Gossman are co-leaders.

Children as young as grade two can participate, but an adult must accompany every child. Grown-ups without youngsters are also welcome.

$15 per family (members) $20 per family (non-members)

Mar
25
Fri
Soup Supper
Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Soup Supper

Warm up at the Arboretum with a hot bowl of soup, bread and fixings.  Finish with a warm slice of pie or cake.  A great way to connect with the Arboretum during the colder months.  Speaker TBD.

Fee:  $7 per person.