Here’s a suggestion for a family-friendly, fun and educational Spring getaway where the whole family can celebrate Mother Nature. Plan a visit to the Arbor Day Festival being held at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio on Saturday, April 30.
Meant to be a celebration and a tribute to trees and other elements of nature, the Arbor Day Festival will feature lots of hand-on nature-related activities and learning opportunities, crafts, displays and exhibits and one activity that visitors won’t want to miss — tree climbing! A featured attraction at the Festival will be programs presented by the Ohio Bird Sanctuary about Birds of Prey offered at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Firelight Room in the Visitors Center. Children will also get the chance to have their photo taken with the Lorax (on the Visitor Center lawn).
An added bonus is that the first 300 families in attendance will be able to take home a free tree to plant in honor of Labor Day. Arboretum staff members will be on hand to sell arboretum plants. Admission to the Arbor Day Festival is free. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Arbor Day History Arbor Day is celebrated throughout the world to raise knowledge and awareness of what an important role trees play in out environment. Arbor Day was created in April, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska by nature enthusiast J. Sterling Morton who was a big advocate of trees. As a result, Nebraska planted more than a million trees.
A Bit About Dawes Arboretum Situated on 1800 acres, Dawes Arboretum was founded in 1929 by Berman and Bertie Dawes in honor of the couple’s love of nature and trees. The Arboretum features numerous horticultural collections of flowers, plants and trees. Various areas of Dawes Arboretum include Glacier Ridge (where a glacier existed 10,000 years ago), the Wetlands, Conifer Glen, Dawes Lake, the Woodlands, Cypress Swamp and the Japanese Garden.
Also on the property is the Daweswood House Museum featuring 19th and 20th century antiques in addition to memorabilia from the Dawes Family. Tours will be given at noon and 2 p.m. and there is a small fee for the tours.
While at Dawes Arboretum make sure to stop at the Visitors Center which includes a Bonsai collection, a Discovery Center (with hands-on activities), a gift shop, a coffee shop and a Bird Watching Garden. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks.
For more information about the Arbor Day Festival or about Dawes Arboretum, call 740-323-2355 or get online at www.dawesarb.org. Dawes Arboretum is located at 7770 Jacksontown Rd. in Newark, Ohio. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.