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


Firelight Room

This room offers a dramatic view of The Arboretum with floor-to-ceiling windows, a unique setting for your next board meeting, party or retreat. Maximum capacity for the Firelight Room is 100 guests. Banquet or round tables with chairs are set to your specifications. The Arboretum offers a built-in projector and Wi-Fi access in addition to power strips and a podium. Renting party is responsible for providing a laptop computer. Nonprofit pricing available.


Shelter House (1)Shelter House

The Arboretum is a wonderful place to hold a picnic. The Main Shelter can host 100 guests. The shelter is equipped with picnic tables, trash/recycling receptacles, electrical outlets and access to indoor restrooms. Grilling is not permitted. Contact visitorservices@dawesarb.org for details and pricing.


An organized tour is a nice addition to your function.  Explore extensive plant collections, beautiful gardens and history of the Dawes family with a tour guide. Group tours are available with advance reservation. Allow 45 – 60 minutes per tour. Choose a narrated tour from the following:

  • Enjoy a narrated tour from the comfort of your bus
  • Relax with a guide on an open-air covered carryall with bench seats
  • Stroll through one of our gardens or natural areas on a guided walking tour
  • Enjoy a guided tour through our Daweswood House Museum
  • Meet at the Visitors Center for a brief introduction of The Arboretum

For more information, including pricing and availability, please contact specialevents@dawesarb.org or call 800.44.DAWES.

Please click the following link to receive more information on planning your event at The Arboretum: Event Request 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.
Closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.

Admission is free

Visitors Center Hours:

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