Events Calendar

Sep
6
Sat
Native Prairie Tour – 2pm
Sep 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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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. 

Sep
13
Sat
Fall Family Hike
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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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

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
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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

Sep
14
Sun
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale – Saturday and Sunday
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday
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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

Oct
4
Sat
2nd Annual ARB BARK
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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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

Oct
18
Sat
Hullabaloo
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Hullabaloo
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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 18 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm
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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.

Nov
8
Sat
Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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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

Dec
6
Sat
Dad’s Belgian Waffles
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dad's Belgian Waffles
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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.

Holiday Wreaths
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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We are delighted to bring back this arboretum classic.  Our team of practiced instructors, led by Nan Bonfils, will get you started on a simple wreath form and fresh evergreens.  The rest is up to you but we guarantee the results will be beautiful.  You’ll go home with a dazzling wreath and a proud smile.  This active class is ideal for family teamwork or individual adults.  All materials provided.  Bring your own clippers and light gloves.  Consider bringing a few special ornaments or favorite holiday bow too.

Fee:  $15 for members and $20 for non-members (Register in the Hughes Educational Center).

* Same day as the Belgium Waffle Breakfast so we accept rolling admission for this class.  You can start your wreath anytime between 9am and 11am as long as supplies last.