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Preschoolers (appropriate for children 3-5 years old) explore quality children's literature in a natural setting as only The Dawes Arboretum can provide.  Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science for children ages three to five and their special caregiver(s).

Join us for one or all five sessions in each seasonal series on the second and fourth Thursday, September - May, at 10am in the Visitor Center.

Free; donations appreciated. Registration is not required.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

Fall Series-Autumn Changes

10/12     Fall Leaves Fall

10/26     Mystery Vine

11/9       Don’t Wake the Bear

 

Winter Series- Winter Wonders

12/14   Gingerbread Baby            

1/11      The Snowy Day

1/25      Time to Sleep

2/8        The Sleepy Owl

2/22      If You Give A Pig A Pancake

 

Spring Series- Spring Surprises

3/8        Little Cloud

3/22      Feathers for Lunch

4/12      Sunflower House

4/26      In the Small, Small Pond

5/10      Planting a Rainbow

When

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
    September 28, 2017
    10:00am - 10:45am

Where

Visitors Center

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What

 

Join us for an introduction to mycology, the study of fungi! Learn the basics of identification and terminology, go on a stroll to the Woodland Garden to collect seasonal mushrooms and practice making a spore print.

Mushroom collecting is prohibited outside of Arboretum sponsored programs.

When

  • September 28, 2017
    2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where

Visitors Center

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What

Take a guided tour of the Daweswood House Museum, once the country home of Arboretum co-founders Beman and Bertie Dawes.  See and hear the history behind antiques and memorabilia from the Dawes family.  A house highlight is the "Rathskeller," a basement area that displays shovels used by over 100 notable men and women who dedicated trees at The Arboretum and features their initials and signatures on the ceiling.

Tours available from 12pm to 1pm and 2pm to 3pm.

Adults: $2     Children: $1     Members: FREE

Purchase tickets in the Visitors Center. Please call ahead to confirm tour times.

When

  • September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017
    12:00pm - 3:00pm

Where

Visitors Center

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Attracting native wildlife to your property can be as simple as providing the basics of a habitat: food, water, cover and a safe shelter to rear young.  Join this informative workshop on the specific steps you can take to create your own mini-wilderness that will provide homes for a variety of birds, bees, butterflies and plenty of other wildlife.  The presentation will include step-by-step instruction on how to plant a prairie, including selecting your site, designing a plan, choosing plants, preparing the soil, planting the seeds and important aftercare to ensure success.  Following the presentation, all are invited on a walking tour through The Arboretum prairie habitats, with instruction on plant identification and seed collection for participants to take home.

When

  • September 29, 2017
    1:00pm - 3:30pm

Where

Red Barn Area

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What

Head for the Dutch Fork Wetlands with Executive Director Luke Messinger.  The hike will travel through the north end collections and the Red Barn reserve with a stop at the Black Duck Wetland.  Learn about current and future plans for these areas.  Dress for the weather.  Includes moderate walking on uneven terrain.

This program is free.  Registration is not required.

When

  • September 30, 2017
    9:00am - 11:00am

Where

Visitors Center Deck

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Insects are at their peak before the frosts of fall.  Let's celebrate!  Sweep net to find them, create pollinator snacks and crafts, tour precious pollinator habitat and release hand-reared monarch butterflies.

Please be sure to purchase a ticket for all children (ages 3 and up) and adults that will be attending the program.

Please contact Interpretive Educator, Beth Spieles at baspieles@dawesarb.org or 740.323.2355 with any questions about our scouting programs.

When

  • September 30, 2017
    1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where

Red Barn Area

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Tai Chi is designed to increase muscle and cardiovascular strength as well as improve balance, joint flexibility and posture.  The fire will be crackling as Sifu Wayne Melton instructs a yang style of movement to help maintain physical as well as mental health.  Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes.

This is a six class series; registration closes at the beginning of the series.

When

  • October 1, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • October 8, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • October 15, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • October 22, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm

Where

Visitors Center

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What

Take a guided tour of the Daweswood House Museum, once the country home of Arboretum co-founders Beman and Bertie Dawes.  See and hear the history behind antiques and memorabilia from the Dawes family.  A house highlight is the "Rathskeller," a basement area that displays shovels used by over 100 notable men and women who dedicated trees at The Arboretum and features their initials and signatures on the ceiling.

Adults: $2     Children: $1     Members: FREE

Purchase tickets in the Visitors Center. Please call ahead to confirm tour times.

When

  • October 6, 2017 - October 8, 2017
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • October 6, 2017 - October 8, 2017
    2:00pm - 3:00pm

Where

Visitors Center

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What

Wander the Parkwoods trail beautifully illuminated by the sunset and special up-lighting to various garden areas.  An Arboretum expert will meet you at each stop to discuss the highlights of the garden and welcome you to partake in German beer tastings.  Light appetizers provided at each station.  Meet at the Main Shelter Haus with stops at the Stumpery, The Daweswood Haus, the Hen Haus and finally the Summer Haus.  Lederhosen optional! This program is for our visitors aged 21 years and older.

When

  • Oktoberfest Arboretum Style
    October 6, 2017
    8:00pm - 10:00pm

Where

Main Shelter House

  • (740) 323-2355
  • The Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd., Newark, Ohio, 43056, United States
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If you like collecting fossils or would like to try it to see if you do - this field trip is for you!  We'll travel to the Trammel Fossil Park to collect fossils from the Ordovician, the oldest period exposed in Ohio.  They are so numerous you can't walk without stepping on them.  Bring your own brown bag lunch and thick towel to rest your knees on while searching. Must be 12 or older to attend.

When

  • October 7, 2017
    8:00am - 5:00pm

Where

Visitors Center

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