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Preschool StoryBook Science

May 26, 2016
10am - 10:45am

2nd & 4th Thursdays

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.

Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham
Don’t be afraid – spiders are our friends! Come learn more about this useful creature with us.

Donations appreciated.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

May 27, 2016 - May 29, 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.

Walk with the Director

May 28, 2016
8am - 10am

Lace up your boots and hit the trail with Luke Messinger, Executive Director.  Each month, walkers visit a different part of The Arboretum and learn more about our mission, current happenings and plans for the future.  Expect a brisk pace!

Donations appreciated.

Stroller Stroll

May 31, 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.

Foundations Yoga Series

June 1, 2016
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.  Every Wednesday from June 1, 2016 through July 6, 2016. Fee includes the entire series.'

Instructor: Kelli Cramer

StoryTrail™ Opening Celebration

June 1, 2016
1pm - 3pm

Join The Dawes Arboretum and the Licking County Library for the 2016 StoryTrail™ opening celebration.  The annual event includes storytelling, crafts and plenty of hands-on fun!

This year's StoryTrail™ features Bigger Now, by our very own Interpretive Educator, Beth A. Spieles.  Growing up is a series of little triumphs for a water drop named Hope.  With a family that is always on the move, Hope’s childhood is full of adventures, twists and turns.  She learns to try new skills on her own, much like the living things in the natural world all around her.  Thanks to her parents, Hope develops the confidence to know in her heart that she has become “bigger now.”

StoryTrail™ is accessible every day, June through October, while The Arboretum is open.

Free, donations appreciated.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

June 3, 2016 - June 5, 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.

Grounds & Gardens Tour: Seasonal Highlights Wagon Tour

June 4, 2016
1pm - 2pm

Ride along as we explore spring’s last hurrah and welcome the arrival of summer.  Learn about the best flowering shrubs for late spring and get a sneak peek at what to anticipate for those hot summer months, all while taking in some breathtaking views.  Arrive early as seats on the wagon are limited!

Free, donations appreciated.

Family Nature Investigations: Trees Are Terrific!

June 4, 2016
2pm - 3pm

Trees are valuable for many reasons. Learn why The Dawes Arboretum collects and grows trees and go on a guided walk to explore some of our favorites! Each family will take a seedling tree home to nurture in their own backyard.

Little Naturalists (6 - 8 year olds)

June 6, 2016 - June 10, 2016
9am - 3pm

A great place for budding nature enthusiasts, this session includes outdoor exploration and learning, centered on our mission of trees, history and nature.  Observe animals in their natural habitats, hike through woods and wade through streams.  Each day is a new adventure!

 

Junior Scientists (9 - 11 year olds)

June 6, 2016 - June 10, 2016
9am - 3pm

Ask a question, plan an experiment, collect data and make a conclusion.  Discover your inner scientist as you experiment with everyday materials to explore the world around you.

Stroller Stroll

June 7, 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.

Foundations Yoga Series

June 8, 2016
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.  Every Wednesday from June 1, 2016 through July 6, 2016. Fee includes the entire series.

Instructor: Kelli Cramer

Growing Up WILD Workshop

June 8, 2016
6pm - 9pm

Discover engaging environmental education curriculum intended for children ages three to seven.  This hands-on workshop introduces teachers and caregivers to creative, fun and developmentally appropriate activities for young learners.  The workshop includes the complete curriculum guide provided free of charge from ODNR Division of Wildlife; qualifies for SUTQ/ODE:PD.

Registration is required by June 1 and space is limited.  Email education@dawesarb.org or call 740.323.2355 for more information.  

Little Buckeyes Imagination Sessions

June 8, 2016
2pm - 3pm

Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world.  These programs, designed for children ages 3 to 8, keep the body moving and the brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music.  Sessions are conducted on Wednesdays, throughout the summer.  The program is free and registration is not required.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
A Rainbow of Colors
Play with light, hunt for color and make a bright sit-upon to bring to future sessions.

Searching the Night Sky

June 10, 2016
9pm - 11pm

Enjoy an evening of spring stargazing as we set our scopes to the sky.  On a clear night, we will see the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars (its first appearance of the season!), simultaneously.  Scopes are provided, or bring your own.  Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and a flashlight.

Free, donations are appreciated.
*Inclement weather date June 12

Daweswood House Museum Tours

June 10, 2016 - June 12, 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.

Speaker Series: In Pursuit of the World's Rarest Birds

June 11, 2016
10am - 11am

Bernard Master is a lifelong birder and internationally recognized conservationist.   In this talk, he shares with us his most exciting adventures searching for the rarest birds in the world.  His travel spans six continents and 105 countries.  Master is the first American to see a representative from each of the 229 world bird families and has a world bird total of 7,800, placing him among the top ten American birders.

Free, donations appreciated.

Ready... Set... Grow! (6 - 8 year olds)

June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016
9am - 3pm

Dig-in and get your hands dirty in this camp that really helps you grow!  Plant seeds, investigate soil, explore the worm bin and learn what plants need to thrive.

Wilderness Survival 101 (9 - 11 year olds)

June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016
9am - 3pm

What would you do if you were stranded in the wilderness?  How would you survive?  In this hands-on camp, cover the basics of what it takes including nature awareness and mental preparedness.  Learn how to use a compass and other tools essential for survival.

Available Spaces: 0

Stroller Stroll

June 14, 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.

Foundations Yoga Series

June 15, 2016
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.  Every Wednesday from June 1, 2016 through July 6, 2016. Fee includes the entire series.

Instructor: Kelli Cramer

Little Buckeyes Imagination Sessions

June 15, 2016
2pm - 3pm

Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world.  These programs, designed for children ages 3 to 8, keep the body moving and the brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music.  Sessions are conducted on Wednesdays, throughout the summer.  The program is free and registration is not required.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Buzzing Bees
Dance through the garden, collecting just like bees.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

June 17, 2016 - June 19, 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.

Family Wagon Tours

June 19, 2016
1pm - 3pm

Celebrate Dad, Mom or another special person on a family-friendly wagon tour.  Arrive early to secure a seat – first come, first served!

The tours begin at the Visitors Center Deck at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Free, donations appreciated.

Garden Artists (6 - 8 year olds)

June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016
9am - 3pm

Get crafty in this camp for budding artists.  Explore colors and textures in nature and create your own unique artwork.  Try your hand at watercolors, print making and sculpture. Meet a local artist and learn a new technique.

*Both art camps conclude with an arboretum art show where campers will show-off their unique masterpieces.

Artrageous (9 - 11 year olds)

June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016
9am - 3pm

With the outdoors as inspiration, research famous artists and experiment with different techniques while creating unique art.  Visit and learn from local professional artists in the beautiful gardens of The Arboretum.

*Both art camps conclude with an arboretum art show where campers will show-off their unique masterpieces. 

Stroller Stroll

June 21, 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.

Foundations Yoga Series

June 22, 2016
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.  Every Wednesday from June 1, 2016 through July 6, 2016. Fee includes the entire series.

Instructor: Kelli Cramer

Little Buckeyes Imagination Sessions

June 22, 2016
2pm - 3pm

Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world.  These programs, designed for children ages 3 to 8, keep the body moving and the brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music.  Sessions are conducted on Wednesdays, throughout the summer.  The program is free and registration is not required.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Skeletons Aren’t So Scary
Which types of animals have bones?

Daweswood House Museum Tours

June 24, 2016 - June 26, 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.

Walk with the Director

June 25, 2016
8am - 10am

Lace up your boots and hit the trail with Luke Messinger, Executive Director.  Each month, walkers visit a different part of The Arboretum and learn more about our mission, current happenings and plans for the future.  Expect a brisk pace!

Donations appreciated.

Fossil Park Field Trip

June 25, 2016
8:30am - 5:30pm

Who knew a “tree guy” could also be a “rock hound!”  Join our Director of Horticulture, Mike Ecker, as he shares his passion for fossil collecting and knowledge on an adventure to the Ordovician, the oldest rock formation in Ohio.  While you search for elusive finds, learn about the fossilized critters and who ate whom!  This is a great program for rock collectors, students or Scouts working on a project, or anyone just curious to learn about fossils.  Participants will meet at The Arboretum and travel by van to Fossil Park in Sylvania, OH.  Bring a lunch (coolers provided) and dress appropriately for weather and walking.  Register before 5pm on June 24.  Space is limited.

Adventure Quest (9 - 11 year olds)

June 27, 2016 - July 1, 2016
9am - 3pm

An adventurous option for those who enjoy longer hikes and deeper exploration!  Join us for a fun-filled week discovering a different area of The Arboretum each day as we piece together clues for a final adventure.

Survival Academy (12 - 14 year olds)

June 27, 2016 - July 1, 2016
9am - 3pm

In this advanced wilderness survival camp, build on the basics of outdoor survival with lessons in primitive fire building, wild edibles, fishing, shelter building and navigation.  Sharpen your skills for a final outdoor challenge that will put your knowledge and abilities to the ultimate test!

Stroller Stroll

June 28, 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.

Foundations Yoga Series

June 29, 2016
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.  Every Wednesday from June 1, 2016 through July 6, 2016. Fee includes the entire series.

Instructor: Kelli Cramer

Little Buckeyes Imagination Sessions

June 29, 2016
2pm - 3pm

Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world.  These programs, designed for children ages 3 to 8, keep the body moving and the brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music.  Sessions are conducted on Wednesdays, throughout the summer.  The program is free and registration is not required.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Biggest and Smallest in Nature
What is the actual size of the largest egg, the longest worm or the smallest bird?

Daweswood House Museum Tours

July 1, 2016 - July 3, 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.

History Center Exhibit

July 1, 2016 - July 3, 2016
12pm - 3pm

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

Grounds & Gardens Tour: Conifer Glen Wagon Tour

July 2, 2016
1pm - 3pm

Experience breathtaking views of The Arboretum’s South End from our covered carryall and get up close to conifers from all over the world in a walking tour of the Conifer Glen.  Seating is first-come, first-served.

Free, donations appreciated.

Stroller Stroll

July 5, 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.

Family Nature Investigations: Fishing Adventure

July 6, 2016
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Bait, cast, catch!  Try your hand at fishing with the help of an instructor.  Poles and bait are provided.  Register in advance or cash/check only, at the door.

Foundations Yoga Series

July 6, 2016
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.  Every Wednesday from June 1, 2016 through July 6, 2016. Fee includes the entire series.

Instructor: Kelli Cramer

Little Buckeyes Imagination Sessions

July 6, 2016
2pm - 3pm

Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world.  These programs, designed for children ages 3 to 8, keep the body moving and the brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music.  Sessions are conducted on Wednesdays, throughout the summer.  The program is free and registration is not required.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Garden Fairy House

Build an enchanting miniature home alongside our gardens.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

July 8, 2016 - July 10, 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.

History Center Exhibit

July 8, 2016 - July 10, 2016
12pm - 3pm

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

Speaker Series: There Be Dragons

July 9, 2016
10am - 11am

Dragonflies have joined birds and butterflies as darlings of nature enthusiasts and targets for observation and photography.  A few minutes of watching damselflies will reveal all of the plot and drama of a soap opera.  Join Denison University Professor Dr. Tom Schultz for this talk that introduces dragonflies and damselflies, their ecology, and behavior with an emphasis on how to observe and identify species that may be found at The Dawes Arboretum.  Bring your binoculars if you would like to participate in an optional post-talk walk.

Free, donations appreciated.

Amazing Animals (6 - 8 year olds)

July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016
9am - 3pm

Whether in the forest or stream, meet a variety of critters who call The Arboretum their home.  Explore the life and habitat of a new animal each day and discover what characteristics make them unique.  Enjoy a special live animal presentation.

Weird and Wacky Wildlife (9 - 11 year olds)

July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016
9am - 3pm

Discover the strange and crazy adaptations of the amazing critters that call Ohio home with exploratory activities and a visit from Mrs. Van and her animal ambassadors.