Celebrate Iowa Prairie Heritage Week at the Iowa Arboretum.
Kick off Iowa Prairie Heritage Week on September 6th with a guided tour through the 8 acres of native prairie at the Iowa Arboretum. Experience the Iowa landscape as it used to be, covered with tall grass and colorful forbs. Bring your camera or binoculars to capture the many birds that call the prairie home, including the brilliantly feathered Bluebird and the majestic Bald Eagle. The Iowa Arboretum’s Horticulture Project Manager, Joe McNally, will guide you through the prairie and talk about how valuable this ecosystem is to the animals and plants that inhabit it.
It’s guaranteed family fun with Mike Havlik, an extraordinary naturalist. He’s Program Director for Environmental Education at the Y Camp in Boone County. We’ll start indoors at the Cafferty Building (right next to the greenhouse) with songs, stories, and critters. It’s so much fun, you may not realize that it’s education. Then we’ll hit the trail with Mike leading the way. Snacks await us at trail’s end.
Fee: $10 per family for members and $15 per family for non-members
Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14, 2014 – 9am - 4:00pm
Dazzling, Eye-catching, Exquisite. Take your garden to the next level at the annual Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale in the Arboretum’s greenhouse.
To download a list of the items for sale click here
How are dogs and trees alike? Bark if you know the answer. It’s time for our annual day designed for dogs and their people. The program includes agility demos, ask the vet, ask the behaviorist, sniff and search, door prizes, cat jokes, and lots of wags and smiles. This fundraiser is designated for a pooch post (waste bag dispenser) at the Arboretum. All dogs must be on a leash and you must present shot records.
Fee: $6 per dog for members and $7 per dog for non-members
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 Trail” 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.
This is a make-and-take class for families or individual adults. Sandy Gossman will guide you in making an oblong arrangement of dried flowers with seasonal accents. Sandy’s a pro and she will make you look like one too. All materials are provided. Bring light gloves and small garden clippers.
Fee: $10 for members and $15 for non-members
Dad’s Belgian Waffles returns to the Arboretum to serve mammoth size waffles that will fill your plate and satisfy your appetite. See wonderfully Iowa Grown and decorated Christmas trees. Santa will be flying in from the North Pole to make a guest appearance. A great event for the entire family.
$8.00 per person. Children 5 and younger are free.