Events Calendar

Sep
12
Sat
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale – Saturday and Sunday
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday

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

Join as a new member at the plant sale and receive a free plant.

Sep
13
Sun
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale – Saturday and Sunday
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday

 

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.

Join as a new member at the plant sale and receive a free plant.

To download a list of the items for sale click here

Sep
19
Sat
Fall Family Morning – the Mike Hike
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fall Family Morning - the Mike Hike

Come for a wonderful morning with our neighbor and extraordinary naturalist, Mike Havlik. He’s back with music, stories, books, and a LIVE critter. What will it be? We’re guessing an owl. What do you think?  Whatever it is, you will be up close and get all your curious questions answered. We wrap up the morning with a hike led by Mike followed by snacks. The Arboretum is so lucky to have Mike in our big backyard. He’s worked for many years with Des Moines Y Camp and is now a naturalist with Dallas County Conservation. If you have missed out on this annual event, JUMP IN NOW!  It’s always awesome. Returning fans are always welcome because there’s something new to learn. Dress for the weather; we hope to be outside the full two hours.

$10 per family for members               $15 per family nonmembers

Sep
20
Sun
Nature Drawing Series using Oil Pastels — Fall Flowers
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nature Drawing Series using Oil Pastels — Fall Flowers

The Arboretum is an inspirational setting for this creative experience. Arboretum neighbor, Carla Boekelman, a retired art teacher, will be your gentle instructor in the use of oil pastels. Take a closer look at autumn flowers, foliage, and fruits. Discover something about yourself. No prerequisites, no experience necessary. You can take one, two, or all three classes on the third Sunday in September, October, and November.

Open to adults and students in grade 5 and up. Please preregister so we’ll have enough supplies.
$10 members
$15 nonmembers
plus one-time $5 materials fee. Participants will keep the oil pastels.

Sep
25
Fri
Iowa Arborist Association (IAA) Tree Climbing Competition
Sep 25 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iowa Arborist Association (IAA) Tree Climbing Competition

 

The Iowa Arborist Association is hosting an event for professional tree climbers to share the latest in tree climbing techniques and equipment. Climbers will compete against each other to test their tree climbing skills. Climbers will have to rescuing an injured worker from a tree and speed climb trees. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair and watch the fun!”

 

Fee for Contestants: members-$35.00 and non-members $45.00

Lunch provided for contestants but will also be available to spectators for $10.00

To Register: Scott Carlson

Cell: 563-570-0561    email: slcarlson9999@csteldridge.com

Oct
3
Sat
PAWS IN THE PARK a 5K walk/run for people and dogs 
Oct 3 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
PAWS IN THE PARK a 5K walk/run for people and dogs 

We are delighted to host and support a perennial fundraiser organized by the Foundation for the Boone Area Humane Society. You can get all the registration details from Krista Moffit, Foundation President, krista@moffitts.com. Updates will be posted on the Arboretum website. Rain or shine, wag and woof.

 

Volunteers, with or without dogs, are needed to stand by as course markers.  A parent and child could do this together. If you are interested in helping, please contact Nan Bonfils, Education Coordinator – nan@iowaarboretum.org

Oct
15
Thu
Pumpkin Carving
Oct 15 @ 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.

RSVP: info@iowaarboretum.org or by calling 515.795.3216

Oct
17
Sat
Ar “boo” ween” Halloween Event
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ar "boo" ween" Halloween Event

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.

Ar “Boo” Scare
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Oct
18
Sun
Nature Drawing Class using Oil Pastels  — Fall Fruits
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nature Drawing Class using Oil Pastels  — Fall Fruits

The Arboretum is an inspirational setting for this creative experience. Arboretum neighbor, Carla Boekelman, a retired art teacher, will be your gentle instructor in the use of oil pastels. Take a closer look at autumn flowers, foliage, and fruits. Discover something about yourself. No prerequisites, no experience necessary. You can take one, two, or all three classes on the third Sunday in September, October, and November.

Open to adults and students in grade 5 and up. Please preregister so we’ll have enough supplies.
$10 members            $15 nonmembers
plus one-time $5 materials fee. Participants will keep the oil pastels.