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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.

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

This session has reached maximum capacity. Please refer back to the calendar to register for the alternate session on Friday, December 16.

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

Available Spaces: 0

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 Deep 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.

Home School Investigations: Marvelous Mammals

December 16, 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.

The Christmas Bird Count

December 17, 2016
6am - 11:00am, 2pm - 6pm

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.

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.

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.

This session has reached maximum capacity. Please refer back to the calendar to register for the alternate session on Friday, January 13.

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.

Foundations Yoga Series

January 12, 2017
6pm - 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 January 12 through February 16.  Fee includes the entire series.  Walk-ins are welcome at the first class.

Project FeederWatch

January 13, 2017 - January 14, 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.

Home School Investigations: All Things Owls

January 13, 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

Second Saturday Speaker Series: Beauty in the Coldest of Seasons

January 14, 2017
10am - 11am

Frigid temperatures won't keep you from enjoying The Arboretum as we take you on a virtual tour to see beauty in this often overlooked season.

Friend or Foe? The Methods Behind Woody Plant ID

January 14, 2017
1pm - 3pm

Learn the ins and outs of tree and shrub plant identification.  Once you discover what to look for, it’s easier than you think.  Using carefully preserved plant specimens, learn the approach that professionals use!

Cub Scouts' Owl Night Hike

January 14, 2017
5:30pm - 7pm

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

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

Girl Scout Daisies "Hustle! Hover! Flitter! Flee!"

January 14, 2017
2pm - 4pm

Move like the animals in the storybook Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell.  Meet our resident turtle.  Create your own nature art.

Registration for Girl Scout programs is managed by the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland council at www. gsoh.org

Tai Chi Series

January 15, 2017
1pm - 2pm

The fire will be crackling as Sifu Wayne Melton instructs a yang style of movement designed to help maintain physical as well as mental health.  Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes.   Fee includes 6 sessions (Sundays, January 15 through February 19).

Home School Investigations: The Global Climate

January 17, 2017
2pm - 3:30pm

Home School Investigations: Middle School Connection is a program series designed specifically for students ages 11 - 13. Practice thinking logically, analyzing and interpreting data, using scientific tools and learning more about our natural world. Sessions are held rain or shine; please dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor activities. Registration is required prior to the day of the session.

This week we present: The Global Climate

Study the connections between carbon dioxide and the Earth's climate. Learn ways to conserve natural resources and help our world.

Project FeederWatch

January 20, 2017 - January 21, 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.

Southern Flying Squirrels Night Hike

January 20, 2017
6:30pm - 8pm

The most common squirrel in Ohio is one you will rarely see. Southern flying squirrels are nocturnal and reside in woodlands where they make their nests in the hollows of trees. Join us as we search for these critters of the night on a winter time hike.

Preschool StoryBook Science

January 26, 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 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.

Project FeederWatch

January 27, 2017 - January 28, 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.

Winter Woodland Night Hike

January 27, 2017
6pm - 7:30pm

Enjoy a winter evening at The Arboretum as staff leads you on a hike through our deep woods, highlighting fascinating details about the surrounding trees along the way. The evening concludes with hot cocoa, s'mores and a crackling fire at our log cabin.

Grafting the Right Way (1:30-5:00pm)

January 28, 2017
1:30pm - 5pm

In this hands-on workshop, The Arboretum's Propagator instructs participants on the art and science of grafting to ensure future success in reproducing plants at home.  Rootstock and scion wood are provided; attendees may bring their own scion wood, if appropriate rootstock is available.  All participants take home their own grafted material to nurture.  This workshop is appropriate for ages 14 and above.  Children must be supervised by an adult.

Grafting the Right Way (8:30am-noon)

January 28, 2017
8:30am - 12pm

In this hands-on workshop, The Arboretum's Propagator instructs participants on the art and science of grafting to ensure future success in reproducing plants at home.  Rootstock and scion wood are provided; attendees may bring their own scion wood, if appropriate rootstock is available.  All participants take home their own grafted material to nurture.  This workshop is appropriate for ages 14 and above.  Children must be supervised by an adult.

Tap Your Trees Maple Syrup Workshop

January 28, 2017
9am - 12pm

Join the Granville Kiwanis, syrup producers since 1971, to learn the entire process of making delicious maple syrup. This interactive class teaches techniques for tapping trees; discusses collection, storage and cooking methods and explores kits and common household items that are used in maple syruping.

Preschool StoryBook Science

February 9, 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:

February 9, 2017   Time to Sleep

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

March 9, 2017    Maple Trees to Maple Syrup

March 23, 2017   Turtle Splash!

Free, donations appreciated.

Second Saturday Speaker Series: Our Founders' Favorite Things

February 11, 2017
10am - 11am

Participants will learn about the significance of the natural history collections at The Dawes Arboretum through the eyes of its founders, Beman and Bertie Dawes. Bertie’s personal collections of shells, fish, gardening diaries, and photographs will be featured, as well as Beman’s collection of tree samples.

Cub Scouts Radical Reptiles

February 11, 2017
2pm - 4pm

Investigate what makes reptiles different from any other type of animal.  Meet our Discovery Center reptiles and learn about others who are native to Ohio.

Home School Investigations: Wiggly Worms / Nature's Decomposers

February 14, 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: Wiggly Worms / Nature's Decomposers

Dig into our worm bin, have worm races and learn about our favorite decomposer.

This session has reached maximum capacity. Please refer back to the calendar to register for the alternate session on Friday, February 17 .

Available Spaces: 0

Home School Investigations: Wiggly Worms / Nature's Decomposers

February 17, 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: Wiggly Worms / Nature's Decomposers

Dig into our worm bin, have worm races and learn about our favorite decomposer.

Fox Frenzy & Coyote Craze

February 17, 2017
5pm - 6pm

Zane State professor, Al Parker, will be joining The Dawes Arboretum for an exciting presentation on some of Ohio’s carnivorous canines.  Come ready to learn all about foxes and coyotes from a local wildlife expert.

Preschool StoryBook Science

February 23, 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:

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

March 9, 2017    Maple Trees to Maple Syrup

March 23, 2017   Turtle Splash!

Free, donations appreciated.

Maple Syrup Days

February 25, 2017 - March 12, 2017
10am - 4pm

Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum's log cabin. Inside, docents greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you witness the evaporator at work turning sap into syrup.

During Maple Syrup Days, the cabin is open from 10 am - 4 pm daily and guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 2 pm. Organized groups can schedule a free, private tour by calling 800.44.DAWES.

Pruning in the Landscapes: The Basics

February 25, 2017
9am - 12pm

Proper pruning enhances the beauty and value of almost any landscape tree and shrub so they live longer and healthier lives.  The basics of pruning are covered along with how to “unshear” a plant, rejuvenation, correcting deer damage and more.  Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, this presentation will have you pruning like a pro!  Join Arboretum Director of Living Collections Mike Ecker for this informative session.

Girl Scout Family Maple Syruping Tour

February 25, 2017
11am - 12pm

Travel along the maple trail to discover the many ways of making syrup, then warm up in the Log Cabin and taste a sample of this all-natural treat!  All participants will receive a patch.

Registration for Girl Scout programs is managed by the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland council at www. gsoh.org

Girl Scout Family Maple Syruping Tour

February 25, 2017
10am - 11am

Travel along the maple trail to discover the many ways of making syrup, then warm up in the Log Cabin and taste a sample of this all-natural treat!  All participants will receive a patch.

Registration for Girl Scout programs is managed by the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland council at www. gsoh.org

Maple Syrup Madness Guided Tour

February 25, 2017
2pm - 3pm

Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum's log cabin. Inside, docents greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you witness the evaporator at working turning sap into syrup.

During Maple Syrup Days, the cabin is open from 10 am - 4 pm daily and guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 2 pm. Organized groups can schedule a free, private tour by calling 800.44.DAWES.

Maple Syrup Madness Guided Tour

March 4, 2017
2pm - 3pm

Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum's log cabin. Inside, docents greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you witness the evaporator at working turning sap into syrup.

During Maple Syrup Days, the cabin is open from 10 am - 4 pm daily and guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 2 pm. Organized groups can schedule a free, private tour by calling 800.44.DAWES.

Preschool StoryBook Science

March 9, 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:

March 9, 2017    Maple Trees to Maple Syrup

March 23, 2017   Turtle Splash!

April 13, 2017   Lost in the Woods

April 27, 2017   Jump, Frog, Jump!

Free, donations appreciated.

Maple Syrup Madness Guided Tour

March 11, 2017
2pm - 3pm

Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum's log cabin. Inside, docents greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you witness the evaporator at working turning sap into syrup.

During Maple Syrup Days, the cabin is open from 10 am - 4 pm daily and guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 2 pm. Organized groups can schedule a free, private tour by calling 800.44.DAWES.

Home School Investigations: Maple Syrup Trail

March 14, 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: Maple Syrup Trail

Walk this sweet trail and travel in time from the Native Americans' past to The Dawes Arboretum's present.

This session has reached maximum capacity. Please refer back to the calendar to register for the alternate session on Friday, March 17.

Available Spaces: 0

Home School Investigations: Maple Syrup Trail

March 17, 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: Maple Syrup Trail

Walk this sweet trail and travel in time from the Native Americans' past to The Dawes Arboretum's present.