Youth & Family
Whether it is a hike in the woods, a visit to the Discovery Center or singing and learning during Storybook Science, families are invited to discover all the beauty and wonders of nature.
Enter a world of exploration and learning. Adults and children of all ages will enjoy the Discovery Center which is located in the lower level of the Visitors Center. Open seven days a week, the Discovery Center offers:
- Interactive displays
- Children’s reading nook
- Reference library
- Beautiful bird watching garden
- Working beehive
- Live animals, including a Spotted Turtle and an Eastern Fox Snake
Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions
Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring children closer to the wonders of the natural world. We will explore trees, flowers, weather and various creatures through songs, activities, games, crafts and real animal visitors. The fun begins in June and continues every Wednesday at 2pm through August.
Supplement your science curriculum by joining other home school students in hands-on science study. Home School Investigations introduce students, ages 6 to 10, to basic principles of ecology and biology while nurturing an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world.
Our education staff leads programs the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (September – April) at 9am and 1pm. Each program consists of a 90-minute session that includes background information and hands-on study of a topic, followed by field experience outdoors.
Children should dress for the weather; boots, rain gear and hats are recommended. Registration is required at least one week prior to each session. Students may register for single or multiple sessions.
Designed for children ages 3 to 5, story time at The Dawes Arboretum entertains your child with age-appropriate stories, crafts, songs, and indoor and outdoor exploration. Adults are expected to stay and participate in the program.
The 45-minute sessions are free and held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from September through May.
Designed especially for young children and their families, StoryTrailTM combines outdoor exercise with a favorite children’s picture book to create a fun and unique adventure. This year’s trail features Shutta Crum’s book The Bravest of the Brave. Children are entertained by the catchy rhymes and a surprise ending in this story of a courageous skunk on his way home through the woods at night. Bring your whole family to celebrate the day at The Dawes Arboretum! The trail is located near the Visitors Center and accessible during Arboretum hours May through October.
Join us as we celebrate the opening of a new StoryTrailTM at The Arboretum! Our collaboration with the Licking County Library continues on opening day, Saturday, May 18, from 10am – noon with the Bookmobile and activities for the whole family. Come prepared to walk, skip, run and explore while enjoying a beloved children’s story on a specially-designed, family-friendly trail.
Create a memorable summer experience! Children explore The Arboretum grounds when they attend one or more of our seven weeks of summer camps. Journey through a variety of ecosystems, observe nature, create outdoor-inspired crafts, cultivate a sense of curiosity and adventure for the natural world while hiking or uncovering new and exciting plants and creatures. Camp activities are appropriate for ages 6 to 14. All campers must bring a lunch and water bottle and have completed one year of kindergarten.
All 2013 Programs for Kids