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While a visit to The Arboretum is an unforgettable experience, sometimes travel is not an option. Our outreach programs are an opportunity to bring high-quality and engaging activities to you.

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.


  • The Dawes Arboretum: past, present, future
  • Waking up the Garden in Spring
  • Keeping Up the Garden in Summer
  • Putting Your Garden to Bed in Fall
  • Anticipating Spring (Winter)
  • Gardening for Pollinators
  • Hardy Perennials
  • Success with Seeds
  • Sustainable Garden Design
  • Landscaping with Native Plants
  • Attracting Birds in Winter
  • Reducing Your Turf and Expanding Your Garden
  • Making Your Landscape Pop
  • Welcoming Wildlife to the Landscape
  • Growing Terrific Trees
  • Dawes Arboretum Favorites and Introductions
  • Some Favorite Ericacea
  • Blue Ribbon Bloomers
  • Pruning in the Home Landscape
  • Memories of the Pure Oil Company
  • Bertie’s Favorite Things
  • Winter Gems at The Arboretum
  • Dining with Dawes: Experience Wild Edibles
  • Introduction to Bonsai Demo

Programs are an hour in duration and must be reserved in advance. Cost is $100 plus mileage if more than 20 miles from the Arboretum.

In-School Programs

Our staff of naturalists and professional educators specializes in providing hands-on, age appropriate, informative and exciting education programs. Inquiry-based programs are designed to meet your specific grade-level science curriculum needs and state academic standards.

Click the following link for more details on The Arboretum’s programs for school groups:  Educator Resources Guide