Events Calendar

May
1
Sun
Family Yoga aka Yoga for Kids
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Experience family friendly yoga that is just right for everyone. Even beginners and grown-ups — with or without kids — can enjoy this chance to stretch, bend, twist, and balance while barking like a dog or breathing like a lion. Everyone gets a workout. Everyone gets a chance to relax too.

We’ll start at the Hughes Education Center, then head to a gazebo in fair weather. Take a walk around the Arboretum before or after yoga. Your instructor is Nan Bonfils. She recommends family yoga for children age 4+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. But grown-ups are welcome to participate without a child.

You don’t need special equipment. If you don’t have a yoga mat, just bring a beach towel, water bottle, clean feet, and a big smile.

Fee: $7 per family (members), $10 per family (non-members)

Buy the series and save: $20 per family (member), $30 per family (non-members)

May
5
Thu
Arboretum Amble-Nuts and Nesting Boxes
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

My doctor said, “Take two walks and call me in the morning…” Join us this May for Thursday evening wellness walks. These ambles vary in length, route and focus so there is sure to be something for everyone. (Read the details below.) And, of course, you can always shorten or extend any of these guided walks.

All walks begin at the Hughes Education Center at 7 p.m. Our education coordinator, Nan Bonfils, will lead you to parts of the Arboretum you might not normally explore. She’ll also be collecting your comments and ideas as we look to expand this pilot program.

All walks are open to all ages — definitely family friendly. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to come along too. We ask for a goodwill donation to cover our costs.

Nuts and Nesting Boxes
Thursday, May 5
We’ll take the outer loop with stops at the nut tree collection and a few bluebird nesting boxes.

Paws on the Prairie
Thursday, May 12
The route is short but there is oh so much to smell. Definitely Bring Fido! Don’t have a dog? No problem, you can walk with Nan’s.

Walk for a Cause —You Name it
Thursday, May 19
We’ll take the inner loop and you can walk it in the name of whatever cause you choose — a cure, a policy, a nonprofit. Come tell your story and listen to what inspires other people to get going.

Breathe and Stay Cool
Thursday, May 26
Visit gazebos and shade gardens with time out to try some restorative breathing techniques. A nice way to ease into summer.

May
8
Sun
Family Yoga aka Yoga for Kids
May 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Experience family friendly yoga that is just right for everyone. Even beginners and grown-ups — with or without kids — can enjoy this chance to stretch, bend, twist, and balance while barking like a dog or breathing like a lion. Everyone gets a workout. Everyone gets a chance to relax too.

We’ll start at the Hughes Education Center, then head to a gazebo in fair weather. Take a walk around the Arboretum before or after yoga. Your instructor is Nan Bonfils. She recommends family yoga for children age 4+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. But grown-ups are welcome to participate without a child.

You don’t need special equipment. If you don’t have a yoga mat, just bring a beach towel, water bottle, clean feet, and a big smile.

Fee: $7 per family (members), $10 per family (non-members)

Buy the series and save: $20 per family (member), $30 per family (non-members)

May
12
Thu
Arboretum Amble-Paws on the Prairie
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

My doctor said, “Take two walks and call me in the morning…” Join us this May for Thursday evening wellness walks. These ambles vary in length, route and focus so there is sure to be something for everyone. (Read the details below.) And, of course, you can always shorten or extend any of these guided walks.

All walks begin at the Hughes Education Center at 7 p.m. Our education coordinator, Nan Bonfils, will lead you to parts of the Arboretum you might not normally explore. She’ll also be collecting your comments and ideas as we look to expand this pilot program.

All walks are open to all ages — definitely family friendly. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to come along too. We ask for a goodwill donation to cover our costs.

Paws on the Prairie
Thursday, May 12
The route is short but there is oh so much to smell. Definitely Bring Fido! Don’t have a dog? No problem, you can walk with Nan’s.

Walk for a Cause —You Name it
Thursday, May 19
We’ll take the inner loop and you can walk it in the name of whatever cause you choose — a cure, a policy, a nonprofit. Come tell your story and listen to what inspires other people to get going.

Breathe and Stay Cool
Thursday, May 26
Visit gazebos and shade gardens with time out to try some restorative breathing techniques. A nice way to ease into summer.

May
13
Fri
Arboretum Garden Social and Auction (Formerly the Green Tie Affair)
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May
14
Sat
Spring Plant Sale
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The latest and greatest plant sale. Iowa Arboretum’s Annual Spring Plant Sale. Find unique and interesting plants for your Iowa garden.

 

 

 

May
15
Sun
Spring Plant Sale
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The latest and greatest plant sale. Iowa Arboretum’s Annual Spring Plant Sale. Find unique and interesting plants for your Iowa garden.

 

 

 

Family Yoga aka Yoga for Kids
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Experience family friendly yoga that is just right for everyone. Even beginners and grown-ups — with or without kids — can enjoy this chance to stretch, bend, twist, and balance while barking like a dog or breathing like a lion. Everyone gets a workout. Everyone gets a chance to relax too.

We’ll start at the Hughes Education Center, then head to a gazebo in fair weather. Take a walk around the Arboretum before or after yoga. Your instructor is Nan Bonfils. She recommends family yoga for children age 4+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. But grown-ups are welcome to participate without a child.

You don’t need special equipment. If you don’t have a yoga mat, just bring a beach towel, water bottle, clean feet, and a big smile.

Fee: $7 per family (members), $10 per family (non-members)

Buy the series and save: $20 per family (member), $30 per family (non-members)

ECO Weavers for Families
May 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This art project is called Eco Weavers because it intertwines re-purposed materials (ECO) on looms (weavers) made from gardening fence. Each participant makes two squares. One is a make & take for the young artist to take home. The second square is donated to the Arboretum. Staff here will assemble and interweave these donated pieces to create a huge outdoor mural for the children’s garden. Any age visitor from toddler to teen can be an ECO Weaver. Lots of children will do so as part of a school field trip or summer day camp. But we also wanted to provide opportunities for individual families to get involved. Pick a date that suits you and meet Nan Bonfils, our education coordinator. Nan says, “I’m delighted with Eco Weavers because it combines two great loves for children of all ages- making stuff and being outdoors.”

Sunday, May 15 from 2:30-3:30 Cafferty Building
Sunday, June 19 from 2:30-3:30 Cafferty Building
Sunday, July 10 from 2:30-3:30 Hughes Education Center
Sunday, August 7 from 2:30-3:30 Cafferty Building

All the ECO Weaver family events are free. No registration required.

May
19
Thu
Arboretum Amble-Walk for a Cause —You Name it
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

My doctor said, “Take two walks and call me in the morning…” Join us this May for Thursday evening wellness walks. These ambles vary in length, route and focus so there is sure to be something for everyone. (Read the details below.) And, of course, you can always shorten or extend any of these guided walks.

All walks begin at the Hughes Education Center at 7 p.m. Our education coordinator, Nan Bonfils, will lead you to parts of the Arboretum you might not normally explore. She’ll also be collecting your comments and ideas as we look to expand this pilot program.

All walks are open to all ages — definitely family friendly. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to come along too. We ask for a goodwill donation to cover our costs.

Walk for a Cause —You Name it
Thursday, May 19
We’ll take the inner loop and you can walk it in the name of whatever cause you choose — a cure, a policy, a nonprofit. Come tell your story and listen to what inspires other people to get going.

Breathe and Stay Cool
Thursday, May 26
Visit gazebos and shade gardens with time out to try some restorative breathing techniques. A nice way to ease into summer.