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Daweswood House Museum Tours

April 30, 2016 - May 1, 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

May 3, 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: Twilight Hike

May 5, 2016
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Take a leisurely evening stroll to explore the sights and sounds of The Arboretum, as daylight fades and your senses change.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

May 6, 2016 - May 8, 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: Rhododendron Walking Tour

May 7, 2016
1pm - 2pm

There are upwards of 1,000 species of rhododendrons and many other plants in the Ericaceae family, such as blueberries, huckleberries, stagger bushes and pieris.  See up close the eye-catching flowers of this diverse group of shrubs – a few of which are rare native to Ohio – on this guided spring walk.

Free, donations appreciated.

Welcoming Wildlife to the Garden

May 7, 2016
10:30am - 12pm

Plan(t) it and they will come!  Home gardeners can play a vital role in supporting a variety of wildlife populations.  In this program, hear from two experienced gardeners who will each share their approach to wildlife gardening and provide you with practical tips and resources for attracting wildlife to your home landscape.

Kathy Stout, a Licking County Master Gardener and an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist, examines the decline of important pollinators, such as honey bees, bumble bees and monarch butterflies, in recent years and how home gardeners can play a vital role in restoring their numbers.  Learn why native plants are a good choice and how to select plants that are attractive and diverse to meet the abundant pollen and nectar needs for these beneficial insects.

Bob Wulfhorst, a Licking County Master Gardener, is an avid birder and home gardener.  Bob will discuss ways to develop your landscape to provide a habitat haven for a variety of bird species, while featuring many of the plants grown here at The Arboretum and available for purchase at our Spring Plant Sale.

This program will conclude with a walking tour of the Bird Watch Garden and Pollinator Garden at the Visitors Center.  The Arboretum thanks the Master Gardeners and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists who have lent their time and energy to developing and enhancing these gardens for all visitors to enjoy.

Family Wagon Tours

May 8, 2016
1pm - 3pm

Celebrate Mom, Dad 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.

Stroller Stroll

May 10, 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

May 12, 2016
10am - 10:45am, 6:30pm - 7:15pm

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.

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
Prepare to fill your ears this week with wonderful spring sounds as we follow our story with a listening walk through The Arboretum.

Donations appreciated.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

May 13, 2016 - May 15, 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.

Planning a First Year Herb Garden

May 14, 2016
12pm - 1:30pm

Herbs can be healing, fragrant and delicious – and you can grow them right in your own backyard.  In this workshop, learn what herbs require to thrive and what selections meet your needs, then return home with tips and tricks to integrate them into your home landscape.  Once you’ve developed your plan, you’ll want to return for our Spring Plant Sale on May 21 to shop for a variety of herbs and other plants!

Speaker Series: Selection, Use & Care of Gardening Tools

May 14, 2016
10am - 11am

Advanced consideration of the right gardening tool for the job and how you care for your tools after use are  important components of successful gardening and productive outdoor chores.  In a fun and engaging presentation, Schroeder Dodds shares his love and knowledge of tools of the trade.  Mr. Dodds is an OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and volunteer with Mission Oaks Gardens in Zanesville with many years of home gardening experiences – both good and bad.

Free, donations appreciated.

Stroller Stroll

May 17, 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.

Daweswood House Museum Tours

May 20, 2016 - May 22, 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.

Ohio Regional Bonsai Show

May 21, 2016
10am - 6pm

In its 36th year, the Ohio Regional Bonsai Show will feature displays of bonsai trees, throughout the Bonsai Courtyard and Firelight Room.  Other highlights include a silent auction, a display of cultural artifacts from The Ohio State University’s Institute of Japanese Studies and a martial arts demonstration.  Those interested in practicing the art of bonsai at home can shop for plants, supplies and art, on the Visitors Center Deck.

Plant Sale & Garden Fair

May 21, 2016
9am - 3pm

Enhance your landscape with unique plants cultivated by our horticulture experts!  Our Plant Sale & Garden Fair offers the opportunity to purchase rare gems you can’t find anywhere else.  The Arboretum showcases some of our favorite woody varieties which have been researched on our grounds.  Merchants and professionals offer wares and services in areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor.  Shop from an assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables.  Proceeds from the sale benefit The Arboretum’s collections and grounds.  Members at the Buckeye Level and up receive a special invitation to our donor preview to have first choice of available plants.

Cub Scouts: Plant and Tree ID

May 21, 2016
10am - 12pm

Plants are popping out in green all around.  But which are helpful and which are dangerous?  Families with "Tigers in the Wild" to "Webelos on a Walkabout," come spruce up plant identification skills.

Please contact Beth Spieles with any inquiries at baspieles@dawesarb.org.

Plant Your Own Victory Garden

May 21, 2016
10am - 11am

Would you like to plant a vegetable garden with some history behind it?  Victory Gardens were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted during the World Wars to reduce dependence on the public food supply.  Learn more about these gardens as Licking County Master Gardener Pat Smith demonstrates how to install one of your own.  Participants will receive seeds and handouts.

Stroller Stroll

May 24, 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

May 26, 2016
10am - 10:45am, 6:30pm - 7:15pm

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.

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.

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.

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 11

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.

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.