The Iowa Arboretum

Sharing Our Passion for Trees, Plants and Nature with All of Iowa


The Iowa Arboretum, located on 415 acres in Boone County’s Des Moines River Valley showcases hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowering plants in a tranquil setting. Woodland and prairie trails provide wonderful outdoor walking opportunities.


Our main goal is to help people appreciate and better understand plant life. Here you can learn which plants are best adapted to the soils and climate of Iowa and how to use these plants properly for landscaping, gardening conservation and other purposes.


The arboretum also serves as an outdoor showcase for demonstrating the hardiness and adaptability of a variety of plants selected for the Iowa landscape. A large part of demonstration includes newly introduced tree, shrub, and herbaceous cultivars that were specifically bred to tolerate an Iowan climate.

Discover natural beauty

Come and experience 19 different plant collections, plants with similar uses grouped together. Explore the 300 acre preserve, offering self-guided woodland trails that pass by scenic overlooks, deep ravines, and streams. Take time to enjoy this beautiful natural Iowa landscape.

Wildlife at the arboretum

Connect with nature that is pure and simple. See butterflies, bees, bats, and beetles. Spot eagles, finches, orioles, and jays. When you are here, you hear nature.