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Groups & Scouts

An important part of our mission is to involve the public in the process of conservation and living in harmony with nature. Education programs at The Arboretum engage thousands of individuals every year. Our high quality tours and on-site programs are ideal for groups, such as garden clubs, senior centers, historical centers, scout groups and schools.

Guided Tours

A variety of staff- or docent-led tours are available to suit your group’s needs. See below for options and request your tour online.

Daweswood House Tours

Once the country home of Arboretum co-founders Beman and Bertie Dawes, the Daweswood House is an amazing museum filled with 19th and early 20th century antiques, collectibles and photographs that reflect the lifestyle and collecting interests of the founding family. This 45-minute guided tour ($2 for adults, $1 for youth, free for members) has a minimum of 15 guests. Click here to learn more about the Daweswood House Museum.

Inside Maple Syrup CabinMaple Syrup Days Tour  |  Seasonal, March

Learn about the history of maple sugaring and how maple syrup is made on a 30-minute, docent-led, walk to the Log Cabin where a delicious sample of homemade syrup awaits all. Groups of 10 or more. Free.

Wagon Tour

There is always something in bloom at The Arboretum. Sit back and enjoy this 45-minute narrated tour and learn about our collection areas, fun facts and history. The tour costs $60 per open-air covered carryall with bench seats up to 28 people per wagon, and a maximum tour size 60 people with two wagons.

Walking Tour

Whether you are a group of avid gardeners seeking to gain horticultural knowledge or simply want a guided stroll through a historic landscape of remarkable beauty, our staff works with you to provide a memorable experience.  Tours cost $2 per person (minimum $30 per group) and last approximately 60 minutes.

Step-on Guide for Bus Tour

Enjoy a narrated tour from the comforts of your tour bus. Learn about the happenings in the collection areas and tidbits of our history. This 45-minute tour costs $60 per bus. Request your tour online.

Arboretum Staff Presentations

Our experts are available to present a wide variety of plant, gardening, history and nature-related talks and demonstrations to your community group, garden club or special-interest society. Schedule your program by calling 740.323.2355.

School Field Trips
kids at pond

The Dawes Arboretum offers a variety of unique educational programs to engage your young learners. Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and home school programs are taught by our staff of naturalists and professional educators who specialize in providing hands-on, age appropriate, informative and exciting outdoor education. Inquiry-based programs are designed to meet your specific grade-level science curriculum needs and state academic standards.

Programs are available year-round, but specific activities may be limited to certain seasons. Our highest demand for school visits is in spring and space is limited; we encourage you to inquire early in the year about your trip.

For more details on The Arboretum’s programs for school groups including activity choices, fees and scheduling, see our Educator Resources Guide. Inquiries may be directed to the Education Department at education@dawesarb.org or 740.323.2355.

Scouting Outings

scoutsGirl Scouts, Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls can work toward a badge or adventure while participating in popular activities at The Arboretum.  Observe animal specimens, study plant life, witness maple syrup production, hunt for a geocache, or venture on a day or night hike!

View our calendar of events or the Cub Scouting Outings or Girl Scouting Outings to choose from one of our already scheduled opportunities.  Or arrange a private program for your group of Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts or American Heritage Girls.   

Leaders can contact Beth Spieles, Interpretive Educator, at baspieles@dawesarb.org or 740.323.2355 for more information or to schedule a customized program.

Outreach Programs

Dawes is on-the-go! See our Outreach page about bringing activities to your school, senior center, or other site.