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Special Events

Here is a list of The Arboretum’s annual special events – some of the most popular, highly visited and exciting times of the year!


Winter Wonders Walk

Members Only: Friday, December 14 | 6 to 8pm
Community: Saturday, December 15 | 6 to 8pm
Free Admission

Explore the paved Parkwoods trail, surrounded by illuminated trees while we discuss some wonderful plants. Stop by the Daweswood House Museum to learn about Arboretum history before going to the Learning Garden to enjoy a holiday tree display, delicious treats and a hot chocolate bar! Our gift shop will be open for holiday shopping.

The Arboretum will be collecting toiletry items for local charities both evenings (including toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and dental floss). Guests are encouraged to bring a toiletry item to donate.

Thank you to our tree decorators: Park National Bank, Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District, Licking County Chamber of Commerce, The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, Explore Licking County, Licking Park District, Licking County Library and Licking County Recycling.

Thank you to our donors: Timbuk Farms, River Road Coffeehouse, Kroger Marketplace on 21st Street, Giant Eagle and Affordable Portables.


Maple Syrup Days

Saturday, February 23 | noon | 1pm | 2pm
Sunday, February 24 | noon | 1pm | 2pm
Free Admission

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 learn how the evaporator works. The Arboretum also offers private, group tours of the Maple Syrup Trail perfect for clubs or school groups. Email education@dawesarb.org for pricing and availability.


Arbor Day Festival

April 27, 2019

More details to come soon!


Spring Plant Sale and Garden Fair

May 18, 2019

More details to come soon!


Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium


More details to come soon!


Fall Festival and Plant Sale

Fall 2019

More details to come soon!