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Events at The Dawes Arboretum


Maple Syrup Madness

March 1 – March 16  |  Mondays – Saturdays; 10am – 4pm  |  Sundays; 1 – 4pm  |  free!

Self-guided tour begins at Main Shelter House

 It’s here, that time of year when the sugar maples are tapped and visitors indulge in the sugary goodness of maple syrup!  Discover how sap is collected and processed to produce this scrumptious treat on the self-guided trail.  End your journey at the Log Cabin where sap is boiled down and all are given a delicious sample of homemade syrup.

Maple Syrup Public Tours

Saturdays, March 1, March 8, March 15  |  2pm  |  Departs from the Main Shelter House  |  free!

Travel back in time on this guided tour as the fascinating history of maple syrup production is revealed.  A warm fire, lots of sweet smelling steam, and samples of syrup await visitors at the journey’s end.  Groups can book tours through the Education Department, call to set up a tour today!

Ohio Sustainable Landscape Certificate Course (4-part series)

Saturday, March 1  |  1 – 3pm  |  Zand Education Center  |  $80/$65 members

 Whether you are a novice or professional, the Ohio Sustainable Landscape Certificate course is a must for any gardener.   This series of programs introduces attendees to sustainable landscape practices through thought-provoking lectures and get-your-hands-dirty activities.  Topics range from native plants to proper maintenance and even design.  Last year’s attendees labeled this class “lively, inspirational and motivational.”        

Part 1 |  OSLC: What is Sustainable Landscaping?

Saturday, March 01

 Obtain the base knowledge to make sense of and define sustainable landscaping.  Uncover why a greener garden is better and how a few small changes can improve an entire landscape.  As a group, unearth a few common mistakes made when creating a sustainable landscape. 

Part 2  |  OSLC: How to Create a Sustainable Landscape

Saturday, March 15

In this class, learn how to observe and listen to your landscape to make educated decisions when designing your garden.  Using your observations create a sustainable landscape around a theme that overcomes obstacles and fits your personality. 

Part 3  |  OSLC: Sustainable Plant Selections

Saturday, March 29

 This class focuses on what native plants to incorporate into the landscape alongside non-natives plants in a balanced approach.  Find natives from local sources that will boost garden activity and create a functioning ecosystem.  See plants that are beautiful and beneficial and learn how to properly prepare a sustainable landscape for installation. 

   Part 4  |  OSLC: Ideal Practices for Maintaining a Sustainable Landscape

Saturday, April 05

Ever wonder how to spend less time working in the garden and more time enjoying it?  With the second part of the OSLC series learn the sustainable maintenance practices that reduce impact upon the landscape.  From saving money to composting to changing watering methods, learn the maintenance techniques that create a beautiful and healthy garden.

Home School Investigation: Maple Syrup Season

Tuesday, March 4  |  10 – 11:30am  Visitors Center  |  $5 per student 

Who were the first tappers in Licking County?  How is maple syrup made?  Learn these answers and more as participants walk the Maple Syrup Trail.  Join other home school students in exploration of the natural world.  Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Life Sciences.  Sessions are for ages six to ten.

Cub Scout Night Hike

Friday, March 7  |  6:30 – 8pm  Visitors Center Deck  |  Free, patch available for $5, registration is not required 

Cubs and their chaperons are invited to meet with their den or pack for a guided adventure up and down Arboretum trails in the dark.  Registration is not required.

Storybook Science: Little Cloud

March 13  |  10am and 1pm  |  Visitors Center  |  Free, donations welcome

 Explore quality children's literature in a natural setting as only The Dawes Arboretum can provide.  Preschoolers 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. 

Essential Botany for Gardeners

Saturday, March 15  |  9 – 11am  |  Visitors Center  |  $15/$10 members

This program takes the intimidation factor out of home horticulture by exploring the science behind it.  Find out why a watermelon, an annual plant grown from seed each year, can produce seedless watermelons.  Discover why trees grown from the seeds of a Granny Smith apple won't actually produce Granny Smith apples themselves.  Investigate what is special about grasses that make them better adapted to mowing than other kinds of plants.  Learn how plants utilize nutrients found in fertilizer and their proper application.  Join Botanist David Brandenburg and Display Gardens Manager Megan Fleischer as they cover the whys and wherefores in this fascinating "behind the scenes" exploration of everyday gardening.

Home School Investigations: An Arboretum Adventure

Tuesday, March 18  |  10 – 11:30am  |  Visitors Center  $5 per student

Hike and explore one of our awesome trails!  Join other home school students in exploration of the natural world.  Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Life Sciences.  Sessions are for ages six to ten.

Yoga at The Arboretum: Releasing Tension and Optimally Aligning

Sunday, March 23  |  1 – 3pm  |  Visitors Center  |  $30/$25 members

Join Loretta Zedella as the group uses foam rollers, small therapy balls, and belts to release tension from the body.  How might a person’s habits of standing, sitting and bending lead to tension in the body?  Locate tension from its hiding places and examine many of the common alignment issues experienced which affect energy, sleep patterns and mood.  Enhance range of motion and return home with a small therapy ball, handouts and skills to practice these simple and specific realigning techniques.   

Principles of Pruning

Saturday, March 29  |  9am – noon Visitors Center  |  $20/$15 members 

Proper pruning enhances the beauty and value of almost any landscape tree and shrub so they live longer and healthier lives.  The basics of pruning are covered along with how to "unshear" a plant, rejuvenation, correcting deer damage and more.  Many potential problems may be prevented by pruning correctly during formative years of a tree or shrub.  Whether a beginner or an experienced gardener, this presentation will have participants pruning like pros!  Join Arboretum Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker for this informative session.

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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