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Founded in 1929 the Dawes family helped initiate some of Ohio’s early research in reforestation on a small farm located just north of the National Road. Since then, The Dawes Arboretum has grown to become one of North America’s leading arboreta—and it is in YOUR backyard!
Today, our mission of “Increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world” remains strong with more than 20,000 education participants and over 260,000 visitors annually. Our dedication to conservation continues through educational programs, research and maintaining diverse plant collections and habitats for the public to enjoy.
As a living museum we encompass nearly 2,000 acres of gardens, plant collections, forests, meadows and wetlands provide inspiration, education and beauty for local and national visitors alike. Your support helps us to restore and maintain critical habitats essential for Ohio River Valley plant species and wildlife.
Help us preserve and protect our natural world. Participate in our mission today with a visit to our grounds where you can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, take a class, attend an event or volunteer your time.
The Dawes Arboretum, more than a walk in the park.
—Luke Messinger, Executive Director
As the largest arboretum in the country with no entry fee, we need your commitment to grow. During The Arboretum’s 85th year, plan a visit, make a donation or give your time and volunteer.
The Dawes Arboretum is making a positive impact in our community through horticulture, education and tourism. Some exciting examples include:
- Connecting with 260,000 annual visitors as Licking County’s most popular, year-round destination
- Evaluating 16,000 trees & shrubs for their use in Ohio forests and landscapes
- Educating more than 20,000 people annually on science and the environment
Membership in The Dawes Arboretum is the best way to keep informed of Arboretum activities and at the same time support our mission of increasing the love and knowledge of trees, history and the natural world. Whether you are looking to receive regular updates on events, show your support for this wonderful community resource, or benefit from discounts on programming—Arboretum membership is for you!
Volunteering at The Dawes Arboretum allows you to spend time in a beautiful setting, work alongside professionals, learn about the natural world around you, and socialize with people who share similar interests. There are a tremendous number of opportunities to get involved. For more specific information about opportunities, please contact Suki Christy, at 740.323.2355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.