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Upcoming Tours

Stream Stomp

Date/Time: Sunday, August 19, 2018 1:30 PM
Fee: $10.00
Current Attendance: 13 of 30

Put on your old clothes and prepare to get muddy! Explorers of all ages are invited to join this guided walk in and along our streams and ponds. Nets and buckets will be available, and creative play is encouraged!

Pre-register by August 11.
Dress to get wet and muddy.
This program will start and end at the Welcome Kiosk.

Member & Volunteer Picnic

Date/Time: Sunday, September 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Fee: $35.00
Current Attendance: 1 of 50

Join us for our third annual picnic to celebrate our marvelous members and vibrant volunteers! We'll provide bbq, drinks and all the fixings. Feel free to bring a dessert to share. Volunteers will be recognized before we eat and guided walks after lunch.

Self-Guided Tours

Leaf Walk

Identify 15 different trees while you walk using  this guide.  Smartphone users can link to our website from each tree for more information using their QR-code readers.  Pick up the Leaf Walking Guide at the Visitor Information Kiosk located at the entrance.


Stormwater Walk

Stormwater Walk

Visit and evaluate 20 different trees and shrubs that can help you better manage erosion and flooding concerns.  Find information about grasses and wildflowers too.  Smartphone users can link to our website from each marker for more information using their QR-code readers.  Pick up a Stormwater Walk guide at the Visitor Information Kiosk, located at the entrance.

Stormwater Walk Page


Guided Tours

Walking or seated tours are available by request.  Bus tours are available to groups that bring their own bus.

Guests with mobility restrictions may schedule a private visit on the gator with a staff member; by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm.

On a tour, visitors will be introduced to the arboretum as guides reveal the history, prominent collections, important activities and research projects. Please contact the arboretum to arrange a tour for your particular interest.

Members, starting rate at $1 per person

Non-members, starting rate at $30 + $1 per person

Please contact us at 515.992.4211 or to arrange your tour.

Fee Schedule


10 Things to Do at the Brenton Arboretum

1. Enjoy the quiet.
2. Hike one of the seven trails.
3. Attend an educational program.
4. Find your favorite tree.
5. Start a leaf collection.
6. Join a nature club.
7. Watch for migrating birds. Download Birding Brochure
8. Visit the O'Brien Nature Play Area.
9. Have a family picnic.
10. Create a phenology journal, an account of seasonal changes that affect plants and animals in a given location.