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Events and Activities at Arbor Day Farm

Friday Night Cruise-In

Friday Night Cruise-In

Friday, July 10, 6-8pm
At Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

If you appreciate classic cars, then you won't want to miss the Summer Night "Cruise In" coming to Arbor Day Farm -- Friday, July 10, 6:00-8:00pm

Cliff's Classic Cars and the River City Classic Car Club will have some of their best vintage rides parked near the mansion at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Nebraska City. Check out the cars, take a tour of the historic 52-room mansion and the carriage house, meander across the street to the Apple House Market for wine tasting and extended shopping hours, and enjoy plenty of summertime fun.

This is a free, all-ages event; everyone welcome. 

Next Cruise-In date: Friday, August 14, at the Apple House Market, Arbor Day Farm. 
Questions? Call (402) 873-7222.

Art in the Woods Exhibit

Art in the Woods Exhibit

Now Open for the Season
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Don't miss this summer showcase of nature-inspired creations -- Art in the Woods returns for a third year at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure.

This collection of five unique, hand-crafted pieces from local and regional artists will reside outdoors along the wooded trails at the Tree Adventure for the busy summer travel season and beyond. Thousands of visitors will view, enjoy, and engage with these creative works as part of their Arbor Day Farm experience. Read about the artists selected for 2015. 

For more information about Art in the Woods, please contact the Tree Adventure at (402) 873-8717.

Wine, Cheese, and a Walk Among the Trees

Wine, Cheese, and a Walk Among the Trees

Weekends this Summer
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Wine, Cheese & A Walk Among the Trees is a relaxing food & nature activity at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure on Saturday afternoons this summer, 4:00-6:00pm. 

Start with a glass of Arbor Day Farm wine and snack on assorted cheeses; then head out to the wooded trails for a casual stroll-and-learn with Arbor Day Farm's certified arborist Rod Edwards.

Choose two ways to enjoy this activity:
Cost is $19 per adult; $15 per child (age 12 and younger) and includes two tickets to the Tree Adventure; four wine tastes (cider for the kids); two souvenir wine glasses. Simply go to the Tree Adventure on one of the dates noted below to start the fun. Questions? Please call the Tree Adventure, (402) 873-8717.

...OR...

Make it a getaway with the Wine, Cheese, and a Walk Among the Trees Lodging Package --- which includes two tickets to the Tree Adventure; four wine tastes; two souvenir wine glasses; an overnight stay at the all-new Lied Lodge, and breakfast for two in the Timber Dining Room the next morning. Please call to reserve: 800-546-5433.

Remaining dates offered: July 4 and August 29. 

 
Sunday in the Park: Pastimes and Playthings

Sunday in the Park: Pastimes and Playthings

July 12
At Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Take a hands-on, closer look at the fun, recreational side of life during J. Sterling Morton’s era on Sunday, July 12, with “Pastimes and Playthings” at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park.

> Hone your skills as a dulcimer player
> View scenes from around the world on the vintage stereoscopic viewer and other Victorian pieces
> See a collection of wagon train dolls and even make your own
> Learn about knitting and crocheting and try your hand at a few stitches

Tours of the 52-room mansion are also available; mansion admission is $7 adults, $4 youth (age 3-12).
No park permit required.

Questions? Please call Arbor Lodge at (402) 873-7222.
 

Weekend Wine Tasting

Weekend Wine Tasting

Every Friday & Saturday Night
At Lied Lodge & Conference Center Lobby

Sip, savor, and enjoy Arbor Day Farm's selection of wines, made from grapes grown right here on our 260-acre property.

Arbor Day Farm wine tastings are offered most Friday and Saturday evenings in the Lied Lodge lobby, 5:00-7:00pm. For just $6, receive four tastes and the wine glass is yours to keep.

Questions? Contact the Lied Lodge front desk: 402-873-8733.

Sunset & S'mores

Sunset & S'mores

Friday & Saturday Nights all Summer
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

You'll enjoy this summer evening treat at the Tree Adventure! Climb aboard for a guided, Sunset Discovery Ride as you journey through the orchards and vineyards at Arbor Day Farm. Following the ride, gather 'round for a twilight bonfire complete with make-your-own s'mores.

This activity is offered every Friday and Saturday night in July and August -- *except July 4. Your reservation includes after-hours access at the Tree Adventure, beginning at 7pm; explore the grounds until the Discovery Ride departs at 8:00 pm; bonfire and s'mores follows the ride. Cost is $19 per adult, $15 per child (age 3-12) and includes your Tree Adventure admission, your ticket for the Discovery Ride, the bonfire, make-your-own s'mores, and bottled water.

Reservations are required by 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays for the Sunset & S'mores activity; please call the Tree Adventure at (402) 873-8717 to reserve your seat. This activity wraps up no later than 10:00pm.

 

Morton Mansion at Arbor Lodge

Morton Mansion at Arbor Lodge

Open daily
At Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Step back in time and be inspired for tomorrow at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. Tour the 52-room mansion, loaded with family artifacts and mementos from J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, the tree planter's holiday first established in 1872.

Also on the grounds: a carriage house and tack room, Monument Square, a whispering bench, 200+ varieties of lilacs from around the globe, a playground, picnic areas, and other trails. Park is open daily; park permit is NOT required for access. Admission applies for mansion access. Questions? Please call (402) 873-7222.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is owned by Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, and is managed by the Arbor Day Foundation. 

Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm

Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm

Open daily
At The Tree Adventure

Discover something new every season at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure. Here you can hike miles of forested trails, climb a 50-foot-tall treehouse, embark on the guided Discovery Ride, and play and learn in the Nature Explore Classroom. Your paid admission includes a tree seedling to plant at home. The Arbor Day Farm experience isn't complete until you've explored the many activities at the Tree Adventure. Open daily. Photo: R. Neibel.

The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge

The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge

Open daily
At Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, enjoy nature-inspired cuisine made with locally-grown ingredients in the Timber Dining Room. Choose from seafood, Nebraska steaks, buffalo, vegetarian options, an extensive wine list featuring Arbor Day Farm signature wines, and a decadent dessert menu. Children's menu also available. For reservations, call 402-873-8740, and find complete menu selections on our dining page.

Olympic-sized indoor pool at Lied Lodge

Olympic-sized indoor pool at Lied Lodge

Open daily
At Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Whether you swim laps or just splash around, all guests are welcome in the olympic-sized indoor pool. Take a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi or steam away stress in the red cedar sauna. Young swimmers will appreciate the separate baby pool, just 18" deep. The pool is open daily from 6:30am to 11:00pm, and is reserved exclusively for Lied Lodge guests.

The Lied Greenhouse at Arbor Day Farm

The Lied Greenhouse at Arbor Day Farm

Open daily

Tour the state-of-the-art growing facilities where many thousands of tree seedlings flourish at Arbor Day Farm. Learn about the important role you play in the Arbor Day Foundation's tree planting mission and, in peak season, watch as thousands of tree seedlings are sorted, labeled, boxed and shipped to destinations around the world. Access to the Lied Greenhouse is included with your Tree Adventure admission. More about the Lied Greenhouse.

Discovery Ride

Discovery Ride

Open daily
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

All aboard for a front row view of nature! Embark on the Discovery Ride, an hour-long guided journey deep into the forest at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure. Travel over the creekbed and through the orchards while an experienced tour guide shows and tells all about the rich history and bright future of these 260 acres. A great way to take your team outdoors for a group activity.

Current ride times and admission prices.

The Discovery Ride is also available for private bookings. Contact us and we'll coordinate a ride time that works for you.

 

The Apple House Market

The Apple House Market

Open daily

The Apple House Market is your one-stop shop for Arbor Day Farm's freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables, signature wines, fudge, fresh-baked pies, light lunch entrees, and unique gifts. Within walking distance of Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure and Lied Lodge & Conference Center, the Apple House Market is open daily. Apple House Market phone: (402) 873-8710.

Wine, Cheese, and a Walk Among the Trees

Wine, Cheese, and a Walk Among the Trees

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Wine, Cheese & A Walk Among the Trees is a relaxing food & nature activity at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure Start with a glass of Arbor Day Farm wine and snack on assorted cheeses; then head out to the wooded trails for a casual stroll-and-learn with Arbor Day Farm tree experts.

  • Allow 1-2 hours for this activity
  • 25-100 people
  • Available June through October
  • Request this activity now, or call (42) 873-8757
Arbor Day Farm Guided Tour

Arbor Day Farm Guided Tour

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Enhance your visit to Arbor Day Farm with an engaging Nature Interpreter who shares the history of this 260-acre National Historic Landmark. The tour begins at Lied Lodge, then includes a look inside the Fuelwood Energy Plant, and concludes with a walk to the Tree Adventure. Available year round.

  • Guided time is 2 hours; attendees may then explore at their leisure.
  • 15 to 25 people per guide. Smaller or larger groups, please call.
  • $15 per person, age 13 and older ($19 when you include the Discovery Ride)
  • $13 per person, age 3-12 ($16 when you include the Discovery Ride).
  • Tree Adventure admission is included.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.

 

Discovery Ride

Discovery Ride

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Climb aboard and embark on a guided tour into the heart of the orchards and forest. See and learn about Arbor Day Farm's conservation practices at work. 25 adults approximate capacity. Rides offered April through October.

  • Rides last approximately one hour.
  • Private Discovery Rides available. Call 402-873-8757 to schedule.
  • Tree Adventure admission plus $4.00 per person age 13 and older, $3.00 per person ages 3-12.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.
Twilight Discovery Ride

Twilight Discovery Ride

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Your group will enjoy a private, enchanting guided Discovery Ride through the orchards and forest at sundown as the magnificent colors of sunset cast a spectacular glow across Arbor Day Farm. Available April through October. 25 adults approx. capacity.

  • Twilight rides last approximately one hour.
  • $15 per person, age 13 and older , $11 per person, age 12 and younger
  • Minimum of 15 people;  25 people maximum.
  • Tree Adventure admission is included.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.
Gnome Hunt - Group Favorite!

Gnome Hunt - Group Favorite!

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Find the forest gnomes climbing trees and hiding in the brush. Using clues and a map, looking high and low, the hunt is on. Available year round.

  • Gnome Hunt lasts approximately 1 - 1.5 hours.
  • $7 per person, age 13 and older; $5 per person, age 12 and younger.
  • Set up charge of $100 for groups up to 50 people.
  • Minimum of 15 people per group. 
  • A great rain-or-shine activity.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.
Sunset & S'mores

Sunset & S'mores

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Share in a summer evening treat at the Tree Adventure! Climb aboard for a guided, one-hour Sunset Discovery Ride as you journey through the orchards and vineyards at Arbor Day Farm. Following the ride, gather 'round for a twilight bonfire complete with make-your-own s'mores.

  • Allow two hours for this activity
  • 15 to 25 people. Smaller or larger groups, please call.
  • Ride departs approximately one hour before sunset
  • $19 per adult; $15 per child (age 3-12)
  • Price includes admission for the Tree Adventure, ticket for the Discovery Ride, s'mores, and beverage
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757

 

Arbor Lodge Mansion Tour

Arbor Lodge Mansion Tour

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Arbor Lodge is the original estate of J. Sterling Morton -- the founder of Arbor Day, the tree planter's holiday. What started as a four-room home evolved into the 52-room mansion that still stands today. The home is filled with priceless artifacts of the Morton Family's life and legacy; you will be impressed. 

  • Allow 1-2 hours for mansion tours
  • Tour begins with five-minute introduction, followed by a 10-minute video; visitors can then explore the mansion at their leisure.
  • Adults: $7, youth (age 4-12) $5
  • Request this activity now or call (402) 873-8757

 

Tree Sleuth

Tree Sleuth

An indoor teambuilding activity
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Learn to identify and classify trees by their leaf shape, structure, seeds, fruit, and leaves. 

  • Tree identification activity lasts about one hour.
  • $15 per person; minimum of 15 people
  • Includes a What Tree is That? 76-page tree ID field guide for each participant to keep
  • Request this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757
Welcome Presentation

Welcome Presentation

Available for scheduling.
At Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm is a bustling place -- and this 15-minute welcome presentation from one of our employees gives you an overview of who we are, what we do, and the global impact of our tree-planting mission. Takes place in your meeting room; includes PowerPoint. Complimentary. 

 

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Available for scheduling.

The vineyards at Arbor Day Farm bring forth several varietals of red, white, and fruit wines. Find your new favorite with our wine tasting activity.

  • Allow 15-30 minutes 
  • Participants select any four tastes (1 oz. each) of Arbor Day Farm wines; the wine glass is theirs to keep.
  • $6 per person; must be age 21.
  • Available year round. 
  • Request this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757
Mixology Class

Mixology Class

Available for scheduling.
At Lied Lodge

This fun, interactive session is your opportunity to build some bartending skills, courtesy of the Lied Lodge bartending staff. Learn how four different specialty drinks are made, then taste-test what you've learned. 

  • 10-50 people per class; minimum of 15 people. 
  • $10 per person, includes samples of the specialty drinks
  • Set up fee of $75
  • Reserve this activity now, or call (402) 873-8757
Bees & Blossoms

Bees & Blossoms

Available for scheduling.

An Arbor Day Farm Nature Interpreter delves into a closer look at the fascinating -- and important -- lives of bees in the orchard and beyond. This activity is an introduction to the way bees "communicate" -- including their special dance; includes a visit to the hive in the Exploratory Cabin at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure.

  • Bees and Blossoms activity last approximately one hour
  • 15-25 people per Nature Interpreter
  • Adults, $12; Children $10
  • Request this activity now, or call (402) 873-8757 
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