Dec
1
Sat
Winterfest
Dec 1 – Dec 16 all-day
Jan
19
Sat
Snowshoeing
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Snowshoeing

Come and test out some snowshoes! Boone County Naturalist Katie Healy will be here to teach participants how to snowshoe on January 19 and February 16. Join us for a discussion about snowshoeing before hitting the trails to experience snowshoeing for yourself. Afterwards, regroup in the Hughes Education Building for a cup of hot cocoa. If there’s no snow, join us instead for a winter hike along the same route. Snowshoes will be provided.

Call or email Katie HealyBoone County Naturalist, to register and to reserve your snowshoes in advance 515-230-3285 orkhealy@boonecounty.iowa.gov

Free program.

Jan
25
Fri
Spud Night @ Iowa Arboretum
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Create your own mouthwatering creations at the Iowa Arboretum’s spud bar. Butter, sour cream and all the fixings will be available. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ajay Nair, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Vegetable Production Specialist will speak at 5:30 pm about Potato Fun Facts.

He will answer these questions:

  • Are wild potatoes edible? Where, when and how were potatoes domesticated?
  • How important are potatoes?
  • How has the potato influenced history?
  • What’s a tuber?
  • Where do our potatoes come from today?

 You won’t want to miss this event! The cost is $8.00 per person. 

Feb
16
Sat
Snowshoeing
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Snowshoeing

Come and test out some snowshoes! Boone County Naturalist Katie Healy will be here to teach participants how to snowshoe on January 19 and February 16. Join us for a discussion about snowshoeing before hitting the trails to experience snowshoeing for yourself. Afterwards, regroup in the Hughes Education Building for a cup of hot cocoa. If there’s no snow, join us instead for a winter hike along the same route. Snowshoes will be provided.

Call or email Katie HealyBoone County Naturalist, to register and to reserve your snowshoes in advance 515-230-3285 orkhealy@boonecounty.iowa.gov

Free program.

Feb
22
Fri
Soup Supper @ Iowa Arboretum
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a delicious bowl of soup, dipping bread and yummy dessert. Board member and owner of Midwest Waterscapes will speak at 5:30 pm about skunks and other wildlife in your garden.  Learn about the creatures who inhabit your outdoor space.

Price: $8

Mar
16
Sat
Pancake Breakfast @ Iowa Arboretum
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Iowa Arboretum’s own Kevin Lantz and family members will be sponsoring this event for our 50th Anniversary! No cost this year, just free will donation! Come hungry and challenge Kevin to make a one-of-a-kind scrumptious pancake for you!

 

Mar
30
Sat
Maple Syrup Day
Mar 30 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Taste real maple syrup and learn about the art and science of maple syrup production. See how to tap and cook sap into delicious maple syrup.  The event will include timber sports demonstrations.  Iowa State University Forestry Honor Society Xi Sigma Pi members will be preparing a pancake breakfast to help support their honor society.

Pancake Breakfast: $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

 

Apr
6
Sat
Spring Garden Symposium – Speaker – David Culp
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Garden Symposium - Speaker - David Culp

Join David Culp, author and garden designer, for an captivating day of gardening talks. Brandywine Cottage is David Culp’s beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering—interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.David is the author of The Layered Garden which demonstrates how to recreate Culp’s majestic display.

David’s topics for the day are:

The Layered Garden

David Culp will show us how to recreate the majestic display of his beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden, Brandywine Cottage. It contains a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David will take you on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.

Making Meadows

Native plant meadows support many landscape purposes, from lawn alternatives on residential sites to larger scale, ecologically sound models that provide biodiverse habitats for a host of pollinators, birds and mammals. David will discuss practical and aesthetic considerations on how the design, installation and management of meadows complement the sites on which they exist

  • Lunch is included in the price of the ticket.
Apr
27
Sat
Run for the Trees
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join the Iowa Arboretum for a beautiful scenic 5K or 1 mi. Family Walk/Run on our trails. What could be a better spring location to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate Arbor Day? A fun variety of Arbor Day activities will follow the race! Click here to register.

Please note: We strive to preserve the natural elements of our woodlands; therefore, trails may be muddy due to weather. Please dress accordingly.