Boone River Valley Festival at the Iowa Arboretum

Friday, May 25 · 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

The Boone River Valley Festival fun starts at the Iowa Arboretum! Discover the natural beauty found at the arboretum with one of our family-friendly guided tours. Tours will begin at 10:00 AM and again at 10:45 AM. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. We have put together a special bird-themed activity for the youngsters. Join us at either 10:00 AM or 10:45 AM as we read “Riki’s Birdhouse”, create our very own birdfeeders, and finish with a dirt-and-worms cup feast. Both events are free, however, pre-registration is required so we can plan accordingly. Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult while on our grounds.

Free event.

Grounds Tour

Tuesday, August 7 · 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Join us for a guided evening tour of our gorgeous summer grounds.  Enjoy the beauty of the summer blooms without the heat of the afternoon.  The tour will begin at the Hughes Education Center and explore the nature that the Iowa Arboretum has to offer.

$5 members, $10 nonmembers

Nature Explorers

1st Monday in June, July, August · 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Looking for a fun summer experience for your child?  Join us the first Monday of the month to experience our children’s summer series.  Best suited for 4-8-year-olds with an adult, we will explore a different piece of nature each month.  The morning will start by reading a story related to that days’ topic, followed by a craft and activity out in nature.  Preregistration is required.

June 4th: Trees have their very own stories to tell us, but we have to play detective to find out!  We’ll use tree cookies and dichotomous keys to discover the stories that the trees have to tell.

July 2nd: Come hear the story of two birds and their search for the best nest.  We’ll build our own birdhouses and spend the morning watching the skies for the birds of Iowa.

August 6th: What do bees do while they’re busy buzzing around?  Come find out and hear the story of pollination, make honey ice cream, and even follow the path a bee might take during its path around a garden.

Please note: Each date must have a minimum of 4 children registered in order to run the program.

$8 member child, $10 nonmember child

$19 member child when purchasing series, $25 nonmember child when purchasing series

Visit our events page to learn more and purchase tickets.