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The Dawes Arboretum provides ideal gathering places for your next meeting, conference, or program.


Indoor Rental Space

Firelight Room

The Firelight Room has a stone fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking the Bird Watching Garden. It is a great space to celebrate, relax or meet. This room seats up to 100 guests at round or banquet tables.

Available year-round Monday through Thursday. Tables, chairs and setup/tear down are included in your rental. Catering is required in this area.


Shelter House (1)Shelter House

The Main Shelter is located on the edge of the Deep Woods adjacent to the Cypress Swamp. This area can host 100 guests and is equipped with picnic tables, trash/recycling receptacles, electrical outlets, portable toilets, and access to indoor restrooms in the Visitors Center. Available May through October from 8am to 5pm.



Red Barn

The Red Barn at The Dawes Arboretum offers a beautiful picnic setting for your next event. This area is a unique venue located just north of our Main Grounds. Picnic table seating for 100 guests is available and includes corn-hole game and horse shoes. Catch and release fishing is permitted in the pond. Renting party must provide fishing equipment. Available September through October only from 8am to 5pm.




Please click the following link to receive more information on planning your event at The Arboretum: Rental Inquiry Form

Contact Us

Phone: 800.44.DAWES
Fax: 740.323.4058
E-mail: information@dawesarb.org
Mailing address:
7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE
Newark, OH 43056

Hours & Admission

Arboretum Hours:

Open at 7am
Auto Tour closes for entry at 4:30pm. Grounds close at 5pm.
Open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 8am to 2pm.
Closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.

Admission is free

Visitors Center Hours:

Monday – Saturday
8am – 5pm
Sundays and holidays
12pm – 5pm