Camp Dawes

The Arboretum is a fantastic place to create a memorable summer experience. Children ages 6 to 14 are invited to journey through a variety of ecosystems, observe nature, create outdoor-inspired crafts, and cultivate a sense of curiosity and adventure for the natural world while hiking or uncovering new and exciting plants and creatures.

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StoryTrail™ Opening Celebration

June 1, 2016 (1 - 3pm) - Join us and the Licking County Library Bookmobile for the 2016 StoryTrail™ opening celebration featuring storytelling, crafts and plenty of hands-on fun! This year's StoryTrail™ features Bigger Now, written by our very own Interpretive Educator, Beth A. Spieles and illustrated by Debra Spieles. See our calendar listing for complete information.

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Weddings at The Arboretum

Whether you are looking for a garden ceremony site or an indoor reception venue, we have just the place for you! Our meticulously maintained gardens provide the perfect backdrop for your event with accommodations for up to 100 guests.

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From The Blog...


Plant Records at The Dawes Arboretum

Greg Payton, Plant Records Specialist Keeping detailed records about the origin and disposition of Dawes’ living collection is in part how The Arboretum is distinct from a mere display garden. Detailed plant records and labels distinguish a scientific collection, and these allow the plants in the collection to be used for research and education as […]

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