Events Calendar

Pumpkin Carving
Oct 13 @ 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: or by calling 515.795.3216

Ar “boo” ween” Halloween Event
Oct 15 @ 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 15 @ 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.

Holiday Sale
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Delight in holiday treats and sounds as the festive season begins at the Arboretum’s gift shop. Find the perfect gift at the Holiday Sale.

Dad’s Belgian Waffles
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dad's Belgian Waffles

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.

Home Grown Holidays
Dec 3 @ 9:54 pm – Dec 18 @ 10:54 pm

 Decorated Tree Display at the Iowa Arboretum


Come and celebrate the best of Iowa grown Christmas trees at the Iowa Arboretum.  Each tree is creatively decorated by local clubs, schools and organizations. Last year the following organizations participated: Boone County Master Gardener Association, Story County Master Gardener Association, Ames Garden Club, Boone Garden Club, Centering Porch (Madrid), Macaroni Kid – Story and Boone County, Madrid Garden Club, ISU Horticulture Club, United Community School PTO, Woodward Resource Center, ISU Women’s Club Gardening Division, Genesis Development, Boone County Girl Scouts,  and the Boone County Family YMCA.  The event is free and open to the public


Open from 9am to 4pm during the week, 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 12 to 4pm on Sunday.