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History Center Exhibit

August 26, 2016 - August 28, 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

August 26, 2016 - August 28, 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

August 27, 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!

Free, donations appreciated.

Stroller Stroll

August 30, 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 2, 2016 - September 4, 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 2, 2016 - September 4, 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: A Tree Doctor is In!

September 3, 2016
1pm - 3pm

Drive the grounds in the carry-all wagon with a horticulturist as your guide.  Along the way, stop to view various plant problems, discuss remedies and gain knowledge you can use in your own landscape.  Seating on the wagon is limited; first-come, first-served.

Free, donations appreciated.

Family Nature Investigations: Build a Bee House

September 3, 2016
11am - 12pm

Learn about these important pollinators and build a house to help them thrive where you live.

Stroller Stroll

September 6, 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.

Preschool StoryBook Science

September 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.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

September 8, 2016 – The Ugly Bug

September 22, 2016 – The Apple Pie Tree

 

Free, donations appreciated.

History Center Exhibit

September 9, 2016 - September 11, 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 9, 2016 - September 11, 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: The Apple's American Journey

September 10, 2016
10am - 11am

The modern apple has its origins in the mountains of Kazakhstan, where today whole forests of wild apples still grow.  But today the apple is a truly global fruit, traded and carried by migrants to temperate zones around the globe.  Yet Americans have embraced the apple as their national fruit, evidenced by the expression “as American as apple pie.”  This talk by William Kerrigan, Professor of American History at Muskingum University, briefly explores the apple’s early global history, then examines the apple’s American journey: its role in European colonization of North America’s temperate zones and its journey westward across the United States in the 19th century.  It concludes with a brief discussion of the apple’s place in the new global economy.

Free, donations appreciated.

22nd Annual Licking County River Round Up

September 10, 2016
8:30am - 12:30pm

The annual River Round Up is a county-wide volunteer effort to remove trash from the Licking River and its tributaries.  Groups and individuals are invited to volunteer at one of a dozen sites across the county, including one right here at The Arboretum!

Register in advance at www.lickingswcd.org.  Direct questions to Leslie Bline at labline@dawesarb.org or 740.323.2355 ext. 1209.

Crafting Ornaments From Clay

September 10, 2016
2pm - 3:30pm

Participants take a short walk on grounds to collect leaves, flowers and other natural materials from the gardens and use them to craft five ornaments out of clay.  Ornaments are dried and colored glazes are applied by the instructor, after the program.  Finished projects are available for pick-up three weeks after the program.  Children are welcome, if closely supervised by an adult.

Tai Chi Series

September 11, 2016
1pm - 2pm

This ancient form of movement therapy originated from Chinese practitioner’s beliefs that illness is caused by an imbalance of energy within the body.  The function of Tai Chi is to keep the energy flowing evenly in a balanced manner while increasing muscle and cardiovascular strength as well as improved balance, joint flexibility and posture.  Sifu Wayne Melton will instruct a yang style of movement therapy in the beautiful setting of the Japanese Garden to help maintain physical as well as mental health.  Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes.   In the event of inclement weather, class meets in the Visitors Center.  Fee includes 6 sessions (Sundays, September 11 - October 23).

Stroller Stroll

September 13, 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.

Home School Investigations: Follow The Leaf Trail

September 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: Follow The Leaf Trail

Learn the key to tree identification and start your own leaf collection.

Available Spaces: 0

Bertie's Tea

September 15, 2016
2pm - 4pm

Bertie’s Tea is a celebration of Arboretum co-founder Bertie Dawes’ avid interest in gardening and nature.  Featured speaker Mitch Lynd, of Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, will discuss apple varieties including those found Bertie Dawes’ personal apple orchard.  Petali Tea will be served along with tea sandwiches and desserts. This is a great opportunity to share in Bertie’s interests and make new friends.  An optional tour of the site of Bertie’s orchard, now the Living Legacy Apple orchard, will complete the day.

Registration for the tea opens on August 1.  A complimentary one-year Sugar Maple membership to The Arboretum is included with the non-member registration fee.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

September 16, 2016 - September 18, 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

September 16, 2016 - September 18, 2016
12pm - 3pm

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

From Milkweed to Monarchs

September 17, 2016
12pm - 2pm

Populations of Monarch butterflies are on the decline, due to loss of habitat and other human threats.  Learn what The Dawes Arboretum is doing to monitor butterfly populations and restore their local habitat, as part of a global citizen science project and participate in the tagging and release of live butterflies.  All participants will receive milkweed seeds to plant at home.

Stroller Stroll

September 20, 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.

Home School Investigations: Dynamic Duos

September 20, 2016
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: Dynamic Duos

Learn about interrelationships in nature as we explore symbiotic relations here at The Dawes Arboretum. Be a citizen scientist as you walk the Nature's Notebook Phenology Trail.

Preschool StoryBook Science

September 22, 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.

 

September 22, 2016 – The Apple Pie Tree

 

Free, donations appreciated.

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.

Going Batty Night Hike

September 23, 2016
8pm - 10pm

Did you know that bats can consume 1,000 mosquitoes per hour?  Bats have a tremendous value to human and agricultural health.  Learn about the bats that call Ohio home and go on a night walk with an ultrasound detector to pick up on bat chatter!

Walk with the Director

September 24, 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!

Free, donations appreciated.

Gardening Through the Seasons: Putting Your Garden to Bed

September 24, 2016
1pm - 3pm

Closing a garden properly after a growing season can make it easier for plants to flourish the following year.  Learn tips for cutting back perennials, cleaning up your space and tools, sowing seeds and bulbs, protecting your plants over winter and thinking ahead to spring with some hands-on practice and a take-home checklist.

Fruit Farm Tour and Apple Tasting

September 24, 2016
10:30am - 12pm

Ochs Fruit Farm is a family-owned and run establishment that has been serving Lancaster and the surrounding communities since 1872.  The farm grows about one hundred different varieties of apples – some antique, some new and many in-between – as well as peaches, pears, peppers and tomatoes.  Visit the farm for a walking tour of the orchard to learn about how this valuable fruit is produced.  End at the market where you’ll taste several varieties of apples and shop from homegrown produce, cheeses, salsas, jams, local honey and more.  Please register by September 22 and provide accurate contact information so that we may send driving directions.

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.

Home School Investigations: What is a Wetland?

October 11, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.