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The Visitors Center provides ideal gathering places for your next meeting, conference, or outing.

Firelight Room and Auditorium

Sunday – Thursday  |  8am – 5pm  |  $300

Both rooms offer dramatic views of The Arboretum with floor-to-ceiling windows, a unique setting for your next board meeting, party or retreat. Both rooms have Wi-Fi access and are easily set for presentations. Maximum capacity for the Firelight Room is100 guests and 40 guests for the Auditorium. Banquet or round tables with chairs are set to your specifications. Renting party is responsible for providing audiovisual equipment. Podium, AV cart, power cords and power strips are provided by The Arboretum. Non-profit pricing and member discount available.

Shelter Houses

9am – 6pm  |  $75

The Arboretum is a wonderful place to hold a picnic. The Main Shelter can host 100 guests and up to 74 guests in the Education Shelter. Both shelters are equipped with picnic tables, trash/recycling receptacles, electrical outlets and access to indoor restrooms. Grilling is not permitted.

The Red Barn Area

This area offers a beautiful setting for your next event.  Located just north of our Main Grounds, the area encompasses a meadow filled with wildflowers, a wetland and pond visited by migrating waterfowl, as well as deep tree plots with trails just waiting to be explored.

For the Red Barn Area brochure with pricing and full descriptions click here: [we are currently updating this brochure – please check back soon! If you wish to get this information before information before it hits the web, please call us at: 740-323-2355  Thank you!]


The Arboretum’s exclusive caterer, Creative Catering, is comitted to creating a stunning visual and culinary experience for you and your guests. Creative Catering offers flexible options to suit your tastes, dietary restrictions and budgetary requirements. You can contact them directly for a quote at 740.928.0310. Other caterers permitted with certain requirements. Contact specialevents@dawesarb.org for details.


An organized tour is a nice addition to your function.  Explore extensive plant collections, beautiful gardens and history of the Dawes family with a tour guide. Group tours are available with advance reservation. Allow 45 – 60 minutes per tour. Choose a narrated tour from the following:

  • Enjoy a narrated tour from the comfort of your bus
  • Relax with a guide on an open-air covered carryall with bench seats
  • Stroll through one of our gardens or natural areas on a guided walking tour
  • Enjoy a guided tour through our Daweswood House Museum
  • Meet at the Visitors Center for a brief introduction of The Arboretum

Please click the following link to receive more information on planning your event at The Arboretum: Event Request Form

Hours & Admission

Arboretum Hours:

Open at 7am
Closing times vary by season.
Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.

Admission is free

Visitors Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
8am - 5pm
Sundays and holidays
10am - 5pm