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.
Spring Series- Spring Surprises
5/10 Planting a Rainbow
In the Small, Small Pond April 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Celebrate trees and nature at The Dawes Arboretum's annual Arbor Day Festival, presented by Park National Bank. Expect a fun-filled day with hands-on activities for families like crafts, educational displays, tree climbing, tours, special entertainment and giveaways including trees for the first 500 visitors (limit 1 per family). Purchase lunch from a food truck and plan to stay awhile to enjoy all this celebration has to offer.
Children can get an amazing, new perspective on trees by participating in supervised tree climbing. Participants won’t want to miss presentations featuring animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at noon and 1pm.
Arboretum staff and many of its community and conservation partners host interactive displays offering crafts and activities throughout the day.
This event is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor Park National Bank, media sponsor Ohio Magazine, children’s program sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts and The Arboretum’s many volunteers and partner organizations.
Treat your sense of sight and smell to one of the finest floral displays in The Arboretum. This seasonal walking tour offers an in-depth look at out U.S. native azalea collection and its care.
Because peak bloom cannot be exactly predicted, please email Beckie Fisher at email@example.com to be alerted to when the tour date is confirmed and registration is open. This class is $10 for Arboretum members and $15 for non-members.
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 signatures on the ceiling.
Adults: $2 Children: $1 Members: FREE
Purchase tickets in the Visitors Center; please call ahead to confirm tour times.
Tai Chi is designed to increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; improve balance, joint flexibility and posture; and support mental health. This class focuses on basic Tai Chi skills along with completion of the Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style). Basic warm-ups start the class with a new portion taught each week. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.
Tai Chi is designed to increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; improve balance, joint flexibility and posture; and support mental health. The intermediate class focuses on more advanced warm-ups, the complete Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style) from the beginner’s class and additional Qi Gong exercises, further enhancing the benefits of the practice. Students are required to complete the beginner class at least once prior to participating in the intermediate class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.
May 24th is National Scavenger hunt Day! Help us celebrate by exploring The Arboretum's grounds with a self-guided scavenger hunt. Sheets are available in the Visitors Center during the month of May. Drop-off your completed hunt to be entered to win a prize!
Learn about the versatility of containers and explore exciting new plants and magnificent color combinations in this hands-on class. Using a pre-selected variety of plants, utilize skills developed in class to arrange a container of your own to take home.