Community Calendar



Homeschool Investigations: Elementary

10 - 11:30am | Visitors Center | $5 per student

Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with Ohio’s New Learning Standards. Sessions are for ages six to ten. Classes are typically held the first and third Tuesday of the month from September through April.

 Tuesday, February 3rd - Whistle Pig Celebration: Learn fun facts about a sleepy little mammal, the groundhog.

 Tuesday, February 17th - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Do you recycle? Have fun learning about RECYCLING

 Homeschool Investigations: Middle School

12:30 - 2:30pm | Zand Education Center

$8 per student

This is an in-depth science class for home school students who are ready to explore our natural world. Discover how to conduct a field investigation, learn what global climate change is all about and contribute to citizen science research. Classes incorporate scientific inquiry and connect to the state of Ohio’s New Learning Standards for middle school students. Register for the full-series by January 20, 2015, at a discounted price of $50, or select individual classes.

Tuesday, February 3 - Greenhouse Effect: Find out what greenhouse gases are, where they come from and how greenhouse gas-emitting facilities relate to our everyday lives. 

Tuesday, February 17 - Natural Inquirer - Climate Change: What can we learn about climate change from tree rings? Read scientific journal articles, written for middle school students, to better understand dendrochronology.

Stone Troughs for the Garden

Saturday, February 7 | 1 - 3pm Zand Education Center | $35/$25 members

Create an elegant stone trough called “hypertufa.” Mix the ingredients, sculpt a trough over an interesting form and learn how to choose the right plants for your new container. A great program to help brighten your landscape this spring.

 Salamanders of Licking County

Friday, February 13, 2015 | 6:30 - 7:30pm Visitors Center | Free, donations welcome

 Join Scott Albaugh, Assistant Professor at Zane State College Department of Parks, Recreation and Wildlife, for a presentation about fascinating amphibians called salamanders. Learn about the species that call Licking County home, including those that migrate to The Arboretum’s Cypress Swamp each spring. Scott holds a Master’s degree in Biology and conducted his graduate research in herpetology

Second Saturday Speakers Series: Ohio’s Old Oceans - Shells, Skeletons and

Sea Monsters

Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 10 - 11am |Visitors Center | Free, donations encouraged

Few people realize that Ohio used to be covered by the ocean, where many fascinating creatures lived and died. Join James St. John, geologist at the Newark branch of The Ohio State University, as he highlights some of the important, common and rare marine fossils found in Ohio’s bedrock.

Night Hike

Friday, February 20, 2015 | 6 - 7:30pm |Visitors Center Deck | Free, donations welcome

 On the 3rd Friday of each month, join our team of educators and volunteers for a guided hike on our main grounds, after hours. Search for night time critters and look for stars as daylight fades and your senses change. Each season brings something new to see and hear.

Handmade Goods Market

Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 10am – 4pm | Visitors Center

 Plan to attend this unique market featuring handmade goods from central Ohio vendors.  Interested in being a vendor?  Contact Visitors Services at or by calling 740-323-2355

Basics of Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 10am - noon | off-site | registration deadline Feb. 19

$15/$10 members

Are you anticipating spring? Break up the monotony of waiting with an excursion to Ochs Fruit Farm in Lancaster, Ohio (participants provide their own transportation—carpool with a friend!). Learn the basics of fruit tree pruning from an industry expert. The best time to prune most fruit trees is early spring, before the leaves appear. This class includes a short indoor introduction, then proceeds to outdoor hands-on activity in an orchard. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and boots, and hand shears and loppers if possible. Driving directions are provided. Please be sure to provide accurate contact information (email/phone) when you register.

Maple Syrup Madness

Saturday, February 21 – March 8, 2015 | 10am – 4pm | Sundays, 1 – 4pm

Free, donations encouraged

 It’s time for the sugar maples to be tapped and visitors to indulge in the sugary goodness of maple syrup!  Discover how sap is collected and processed on the self-guided trail.  End your journey at the Log Cabin where all are given a delicious sample of homemade syrup.  Free Public Tours at 2pm on Saturdays.  Call to schedule a group tour!

Preschool Storybook Science

10 - 10:45am | Visitors Center | Free

 Preschoolers explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting as only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Sessions may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science for children

Thursday, February 12th - The Snowy Day

 Thursday, February 26 - Maple Syrup Season

Girl Scouts Maple Syruping Tour

Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 3 - 4pm and 10 - 11am |Main Shelter House | $4 per person 

Travel along the maple syrup trail to discover the many ways of making syrup, then warm up in the Log Cabin and taste a sample of the sugary treat! Fun patch is included.  Register at or call 800.621.7042 

Landscape Design Certification

Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 2 - 4pm |Zand Education Center | $60/$50 members

 In this four-part series, learn from an expert and uncover the secrets to planning and implementing landscape designs around your home. The Arboretum’s Director of Landscape Operations guides participants through the fundamentals of landscape design, and provides useful advice with hands-on experience. Once completed, participants will have the knowledge and skill to readily craft their own outdoor spaces. Additional meeting dates are March 14, 28 and April 11, 2015.

Call 740.323.2355 or 800.44.DAWES to register or for more information.  The Dawes Arboretum is located on Ohio Rt. 13, five miles south of Newark and three miles north of Interstate 70, Exit 132.

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