Things to do at the Arboretum

Trail and Collection Maps

The Brenton Arboretum has thousands of trees and miles of trails just waiting to be explored!

O’Brien Nature Play

Kids these days just don’t get enough time in nature! One of the most popular spaces at The Brenton Arboretum is the O’Brien Nature Play Area. Be sure you plan plenty of time to burn off some playful energy during your visit. Click below to learn more about “Nature Play.”

Horticulture Library

The Brenton Arboretum’s Horticulture Library is housed in the Vista Room at the Administration Building. Anyone can browse the books, but only members have lending privileges. The library is open by appointment only; call 515-992-4211 to schedule your visit.

Self-guided Tours

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  • Leaf Walk
  • Storm Water Walk
Nature Meditation & Labyrinth

At The Brenton Arboretum we strive to create a place where the human spirit can connect with nature.