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History Center Exhibit

September 23, 2016 - September 25, 2016
12pm - 3pm

Visit informative displays highlighting the history of education at The Dawes Arboretum in this mini-museum, throughout the summer.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

September 23, 2016 - September 25, 2016
12pm - 12:45pm, 2pm - 2:45pm

Take a guided tour of the Daweswood House Museum, once the country home of Arboretum co-founders, the late 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 100 notable men and women who dedicated trees at The Arboretum and features their initials and signatures on the ceiling.

Purchase tickets in the Visitors Center.

Stroller Stroll

September 27, 2016
10:30am - 11:30am

Join a guide on a stroll along a paved path through our beautiful grounds.  This is a great opportunity for parents or caregivers to enjoy some fresh air and exercise, while children explore the natural world around them.

History Center Exhibit

September 30, 2016 - October 2, 2016
12pm - 3pm

Visit informative displays highlighting the history of education at The Dawes Arboretum in this mini-museum, throughout the summer.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

September 30, 2016 - October 2, 2016
12pm - 12:45pm, 2pm - 2:45pm

Take a guided tour of the Daweswood House Museum, once the country home of Arboretum co-founders, the late 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 100 notable men and women who dedicated trees at The Arboretum and features their initials and signatures on the ceiling.

Purchase tickets in the Visitors Center.

Fall Festival & Plant Sale

October 1, 2016
10am - 4pm

Where better to honor the start of autumn than The Dawes Arboretum? Celebrate the harvest season with an enjoyable family event that explores homesteading techniques and seasonally appropriate gardening tips.

Featuring:

  • Live Animal Ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center
  • Hands-on Homesteading Activities
  • Fall Color Wagon Tours
  • Storytelling
  • Apple Sales from Ochs Fruit Farm

Come early to receive a free set of paperwhite bulbs!

Presented by The Energy Cooperative. Media Sponsor: Ohio Magazine

Early Morning Light - Photography at The Japanese Garden

October 8, 2016
7:30am - 11:30am

Professional nature photographer John Holliger, guides participants in using their DSLR cameras to capture images of the Japanese Garden in the early morning light.  After approximately two hours of shooting time, participants will move indoors where John will project selected photographs and introduce a few Photoshop tools that can be used to reach each photographer’s vision for their images.  Please bring your own DSLR camera and a tripod, if you have one.  John will share a variety of his personal lenses for participants to try – ultra-wide, fisheye, wide, macro and telephoto.  Learn more about John and view his work online at www.photographybyjohnholliger.net.

Second Saturday Speaker Series: Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery

October 8, 2016
10am - 11am

On April 30, 1803, The United States Territory doubled when President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France.  Jefferson selected Meriwether Lewis to explore this new land and find a route to the Pacific.  Lewis chose William Clark to accompany him.  The skilled pair and their Corps of Discovery traversed extremely difficult terrain collecting and describing many species of animals and plants never before documented.  Enjoy a presentation by Dick Mosely and discover the amazing plants and animals that they saw on their journey.

Foundations Yoga Series

October 13, 2016
6:30pm - 7:30pm

In this beginner-focused yoga series, learn the basics of the practice, including breathing techniques and introductory-level postures.  Over this 6-week series, develop a few more advanced postures and build your confidence to drop-in on any yoga class.  Meets every Thursday from October 13 through November 17.  Fee includes the entire series.  Walk-ins are welcome at the first class.

Preschool StoryBook Science

October 13, 2016
10am - 10:45am

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 caregivers.

This program takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, September – May.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

October 13 – Leaf Man

October 27 – The Littlest Pumpkin

November 10 - A Turkey for Thanksgiving

December 8 - It's Winter

Free, donations appreciated.

Home School Investigations: What is a Wetland?

October 14, 2016
10am - 11:30am

Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each monthly 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with Ohio's Learning Standards. Sessions are for students ages six to ten. Classes are from 10 - 11:30 am and registration is required by the day prior to the session.

This week we present: What is a Wetland?

Meet at The Arboretum's Dutch Fork Wetlands to explore the characteristics of this unique aquatic ecosystem.

Pollinator Paradise: Creating Habitat for Birds, Bees & Butterflies

October 15, 2016 - October 16, 2016
1pm - 3:30pm

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 two-part series 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 seed identification and collection for participants to take home.

Touring the Tombstones: The Beard Green Cemetery

October 15, 2016
1pm - 3pm

Professional archaeologist Krista Horrocks shares the history of the Beard Green Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Licking County.  Learn how gravestone symbology reflected the ideals of the time and how the meaning and interpretation still holds true today, as she showcases the site’s unique headstones.  Participants meet at the Visitors Center and travel to the cemetery on a covered carryall.

Preserving Your Family Documents

October 20, 2016
6pm - 7:30pm

The Arboretum Historian will demonstrate archival techniques that focus on the needs of a typical family’s collection.  Such items usually include diaries, letters, certificates and photographs.  Participants will learn how to properly store their important paper documents and where they can buy their supplies.

Girl Scouts: Crafty Leaf Book

October 22, 2016
2pm - 4pm

Walk the grounds to see a variety of trees in full fall color.  Use crayons and paints to make a souvenir leaf book.

Have questions? Contact Interpretive Educator, Beth Spieles at baspieles@dawesarb.org for more information.

Preschool StoryBook Science

October 27, 2016
10am - 10:45am

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 caregivers.

This program takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, September – May.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

October 27 – The Littlest Pumpkin

November 10 - A Turkey for Thanksgiving

December 8 - It's Winter

Free, donations appreciated.

Creatures of the Night Halloween Hike

October 28, 2016
6:30pm - 8pm

Celebrate the spooky spirit of Halloween with this family-friendly night hike. We will travel around the grounds in search of Ohio’s most notorious nocturnal animals, so come ready for excitement and fun. Staff will assist the group in listening for owls, calling for bats, and much more! There will be moderate walking during this program, so be sure to wear good outdoor shoes and dress for the weather.

Sustainable Landscape Series: Native Seed Collection & Propagation House Tour

November 4, 2016
12:30pm - 3:30pm

Want to learn how to grow your own native plants and trees?  Join us to hear about topics including seed selection and collection, stratification methods and growing techniques.  Participants will have hands-on opportunities to explore various methods of propagation, transplanting, hardening-off and proper planting to ensure success with growing hardy native plants.  While here, tour the new native tree propagation greenhouse and discover the importance of selecting locally-sourced seed material for adaptability.  Finally, take a native tree home with you to plant in your own yard.

Feeding Birds in Winter

November 5, 2016
10am - 12pm

This program will explore the variety of feeders and seeds available to bird feeding enthusiasts.  Discover which species prefer what types of seed and learn techniques for setting up your own feeding station.  Then, enjoy a bird walk and learn methods of field identification.  Presenter, Scott Albaugh, has been birding for over 20 years.  He is the former Regional Coordinator for the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas 2 and former Vice President of the Greater Mohican Audubon Society.

Girl Scout Night Hike

November 5, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Enjoy a guided hike over the hills, through the trees and around the water.  As the light of day fades, notice how other senses are sharpened.  All participants will receive a fun patch.

Have questions? Contact Interpretive Educator, Beth Spieles at baspieles@dawesarb.org for more information.

Home School Investigations: Fabulous Food Webs

November 8, 2016
10am - 11:30am

Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each monthly 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with Ohio's Learning Standards. Sessions are for students ages six to ten. Classes are from 10 - 11:30 am and registration is required by the day prior to the session.

This week we present: Fabulous Food Webs

Discover the connections within ecosystem-predators, prey and an organism's basic needs.

Available Spaces: 0

Preschool StoryBook Science

November 10, 2016
10am - 10:45am

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 caregivers.

This program takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, September – May.

November 10 - A Turkey for Thanksgiving

December 8 - It's Winter

Free, donations appreciated.

Food For Health

November 12, 2016
9am - 11:30am

As we progress through this season of “comfort foods,” how can we incorporate more healthy choices into our diets?  Which foods are better options when dealing with some common health conditions?  Dr. Suzette Hamilton, D.C., C.C.S.P and Dr. Melinda Woofter, M.D., FASMS present a thought-provoking lecture.  Learn how simple changes in diet can have you feeling and looking your best.

Project Feeder Watch Kick-Off

November 12, 2016
12pm - 1:30pm

Meet our veteran FeederWatchers in the Discovery Center for a morning of birding fun!  In this drop-in opportunity, try out a pair of binoculars, learn to identify some common feeder birds and make a bird feeder to take home.  Leave feeling inspired to participate in FeederWatch at The Dawes Arboretum or in your own backyard.

Herbal Culinary Gift Workshop

November 12, 2016
12pm - 1:30pm

The holidays will be upon us before we know it!  Herb-infused finishing salts, honey and vinegars make excellent hostess gifts and stocking stuffers for the holidays.  This DIY class will give you a chance to learn more about herbs and send you home with 5 custom-blended gifts for the cook. Expect to leave with enough confidence – and recipes! – to mix up more batches at home.  Participants will have the opportunity to make 3 finishing salts, a jar of honey and a bottle of vinegar.  All supplies for on-site blending, handouts and recipes are included.

Second Saturday Speaker Series: Keeping Up With Your Christmas Conifer

November 12, 2016
10am - 11am

A talk on the best conifer species (firs, pines, spruce species/varieties) in our area to grow as Christmas trees. Treatment of live Christmas trees to be eventually planted outdoors. Life span (retaining their needles) of cut trees indoors etc.

Conservation Action Training: Introduction to Stewardship and Restoration Ecology

November 13, 2016
9am - 12pm

Do you want to do more to help conserve our natural resources and native wildlife, while gaining practical experience in ecological restoration, land management and native plant identification?  If so, this advanced volunteer training series is for you!  As a Conservation Steward at The Dawes Arboretum, you will establish a knowledge base in conservation biology and eco-restoration techniques and then put this knowledge into action. Participants each “adopt an acre” and help guide the future of the Arboretum’s natural areas.  Join today and make the world a better place!

Project FeederWatch

November 18, 2016 - November 19, 2016
9am - 11am

Project FeederWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and community areas in North America.  FeederWatchers count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April.  The data they submit helps scientist to track broadscale movements and trends in bird populations.  Dawes’ FeederWatchers meet in the Discovery Center on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 -11am, beginning on November 18.  Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have previous knowledge of backyard birds – this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders!  Binoculars are available for loan.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Bowman at mbowman@windstream.net.

Webelos Adventure: Into The Wild

November 19, 2016
2pm - 4pm

Visit the Discovery Center and hike the trails to find wildlife of wetlands, forests and fields.  Where will these animals go and what will they do next?  Complete the requirements for the Into the Wild Adventure.

Project FeederWatch

November 25, 2016 - November 26, 2016
9am - 11am

Project FeederWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and community areas in North America.  FeederWatchers count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April.  The data they submit helps scientist to track broadscale movements and trends in bird populations.  Dawes’ FeederWatchers meet in the Discovery Center on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 -11am, beginning on November 18.  Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have previous knowledge of backyard birds – this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders!  Binoculars are available for loan.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Bowman at mbowman@windstream.net.

Project FeederWatch

December 2, 2016 - December 3, 2016
9am - 11am

Project FeederWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and community areas in North America.  FeederWatchers count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April.  The data they submit helps scientist to track broadscale movements and trends in bird populations.  Dawes’ FeederWatchers meet in the Discovery Center on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 -11am, beginning on November 18.  Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have previous knowledge of backyard birds – this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders!  Binoculars are available for loan.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Bowman at mbowman@windstream.net.

Holiday Greenery Workshop

December 8, 2016
6pm - 8pm

Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Arboretum grounds to decorate your hearth, door, entry or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. We provide all of the materials, including decorations and candles, to enliven your display!  Please select from wreath or centerpiece.

Early registration for this workshop is open to Arboretum members through September 18. If you are a member, please call our front desk at 740.323.2355 to register. Non-members, please check back after September 19 to secure your spot.

Preschool StoryBook Science

December 8, 2016
10am - 10:45am

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 caregivers.

This program takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, September – May.

December 8 - It's Winter

Free, donations appreciated.

Holiday Greenery Workshop

December 9, 2016
6pm - 8pm

Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Arboretum grounds to decorate your hearth, door, entry or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. We provide all of the materials, including decorations and candles, to enliven your display!  Please select from wreath or centerpiece.

Early registration for this workshop is open to Arboretum members through September 18. If you are a member, please call our front desk at 740.323.2355 to register. Non-members, please check back after September 19 to secure your spot.

Project FeederWatch

December 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016
9am - 11am

Project FeederWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and community areas in North America.  FeederWatchers count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April.  The data they submit helps scientist to track broadscale movements and trends in bird populations.  Dawes’ FeederWatchers meet in the Discovery Center on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 -11am, beginning on November 18.  Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have previous knowledge of backyard birds – this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders!  Binoculars are available for loan.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Bowman at mbowman@windstream.net.

Second Saturday Speaker Series: By Golly, I think it's a Holly. But how do I know?

December 10, 2016
10am - 11am

Enjoy a short presentation by Richard Larson, The Arboretum's Nursery Manager and Propagator, showcasing the best hollies for Central Ohio. Afterwards, walk to Holly Hill where you'll stroll through one of the largest holly collections in the United States, getting first-hand information from Rich who has cared for them for the past 20 years.

Holiday Greenery Workshop

December 10, 2016
9am - 11am

Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Arboretum grounds to decorate your hearth, door, entry or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. We provide all of the materials, including decorations and candles, to enliven your display!  Please select from wreath or centerpiece.

Early registration for this workshop is open to Arboretum members through September 18. If you are a member, please call our front desk at 740.323.2355 to register. Non-members, please check back after September 19 to secure your spot.

Holiday Greenery Workshop

December 10, 2016
12pm - 2pm

Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Arboretum grounds to decorate your hearth, door, entry or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. We provide all of the materials, including decorations and candles, to enliven your display!  Please select from wreath or centerpiece.

Early registration for this workshop is open to Arboretum members through September 18. If you are a member, please call our front desk at 740.323.2355 to register. Non-members, please check back after September 19 to secure your spot.

Holiday Greenery Workshop

December 11, 2016
12pm - 2pm

Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Arboretum grounds to decorate your hearth, door, entry or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. We provide all of the materials, including decorations and candles, to enliven your display!  Please select from wreath or centerpiece.

Early registration for this workshop is open to Arboretum members through September 18. If you are a member, please call our front desk at 740.323.2355 to register. Non-members, please check back after September 19 to secure your spot.

Home School Investigations: Marvelous Mammals

December 13, 2016
10am - 11:30am

Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each monthly 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with Ohio's Learning Standards. Sessions are for students ages six to ten. Classes are from 10 - 11:30 am and registration is required by the day prior to the session.

This week we present: Marvelous Mammals

Explore the wonderful world of mammals, their features and specialized adaptations.

Available Spaces: 0

The Christmas Bird Count

December 16, 2016
6am - 11:00am, 3pm - 7pm

Be a part of the nation's longest running citizen bird project! The Audubon's Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 and has attracted thousands of bird enthusiasts throughout the years! Participate in this event by helping to complete a bird census on Arboretum grounds.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this long-running wildlife census to asses the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action.

Owl Call Night Hike

December 16, 2016
6:30pm - 8pm

Four species of owls call Ohio home. Learn about the life history of these majestic creatures and how to identify them by call. This hike takes participants into The Arboretum's Depp Woods where we'll attempt to locate bird of prey in their natural habitat.

Project FeederWatch

December 16, 2016 - December 17, 2016
9am - 11am

Project FeederWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and community areas in North America.  FeederWatchers count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April.  The data they submit helps scientist to track broadscale movements and trends in bird populations.  Dawes’ FeederWatchers meet in the Discovery Center on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 -11am, beginning on November 18.  Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have previous knowledge of backyard birds – this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders!  Binoculars are available for loan.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Bowman at mbowman@windstream.net.

Project FeederWatch

December 23, 2016 - December 24, 2016
9am - 11am

Project FeederWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and community areas in North America.  FeederWatchers count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April.  The data they submit helps scientist to track broadscale movements and trends in bird populations.  Dawes’ FeederWatchers meet in the Discovery Center on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 -11am, beginning on November 18.  Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have previous knowledge of backyard birds – this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders!  Binoculars are available for loan.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Bowman at mbowman@windstream.net.

Project FeederWatch

December 30, 2016 - December 31, 2016
9am - 11am

Project FeederWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and community areas in North America.  FeederWatchers count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April.  The data they submit helps scientist to track broadscale movements and trends in bird populations.  Dawes’ FeederWatchers meet in the Discovery Center on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 -11am, beginning on November 18.  Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have previous knowledge of backyard birds – this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders!  Binoculars are available for loan.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Bowman at mbowman@windstream.net.

Project FeederWatch

January 6, 2017 - January 7, 2017
9am - 11am

Project FeederWatch, a program of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers and community areas in North America.  FeederWatchers count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April.  The data they submit helps scientist to track broadscale movements and trends in bird populations.  Dawes’ FeederWatchers meet in the Discovery Center on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 -11am, beginning on November 18.  Anyone is welcome to participate and you do not need to have previous knowledge of backyard birds – this is a great opportunity to learn from experienced birders!  Binoculars are available for loan.  Questions may be directed to Margaret Bowman at mbowman@windstream.net.

Test Event

January 7, 2017
11am - 1pm

TEST

Home School Investigations: All Things Owls

January 10, 2017
10am - 11:30am

Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each monthly 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with Ohio's Learning Standards. Sessions are for students ages six to ten. Classes are from 10 - 11:30 am and registration is required by the day prior to the session.

This week we present: All Things Owls

Whooo's awake after dark? Study owls though study skins and pellet dissection.

Available Spaces: 0

Preschool StoryBook Science

January 12, 2017
10am - 10:45am

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 caregivers.

This program takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, September – May.

Upcoming Programs:

January 12, 2017   The Mitten

January 26, 2017  In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?

February 9, 2017   Time to Sleep

February 23, 2017 What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

Free, donations appreciated.