Special Events and Activities at Arbor Day Farm

Winter Fun Winter Fun

Weekends January 7 through January 29 @ Arbor Lodge Mansion

Explore special displays filled with antique ice skates, sleds, snow shoes and more. Learn the history of these favorite winter pastimes and playthings including diary excerpts on the Morton’s winter activities.

Event is included with Arbor Lodge Mansion admission. Questions? Call 402-873-7222.

Hues of the Orchard: A Wine & Painting Party Hues of the Orchard: A Wine & Painting Party

Saturday, January 14 & February 11 @ Apple House Market

Tap into your creative side and share a fun evening with friends at Hues of the Orchard: A Wine and Painting Party at the Apple House Market on Saturday, January 14 and February 11, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Over the course of the afternoon, you will transform a 16"x20" blank canvas into your own unique work of art. All supplies and one glass of Arbor Day Farm wine is included; additional snacks & wine available for purchase. $35.00 per person and the artwork is yours to keep.

Registration ends Tuesday, January 10 and February 7. Questions? Call 402-873-8710.

Owl Prowl Owl Prowl

Saturdays, January 14 through February 4 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Looking for the perfect cure for cabin fever? Get some fresh air and stretch your legs at Arbor Day Farm with Owl Prowl – your chance to learn about this feathered creature. Start indoors with an interactive owl presentation, owl pellet dissection, and an owl craft. Then hit the outdoor trails to listen for evidence of our feathery friends. Event is available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and requires advanced registration.

Cost is $11 per child, $13 per adult and includes Tree Adventure Admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

Celebrate Love Celebrate Love

Weekends in February @ Arbor Lodge Mansion

Love is in the air all throughout Arbor Lodge Mansion. Step back in time and discover weddings related to the Morton’s with photographs, newspaper articles, and diary entries. Let’s not forget the antique wedding apparel and Valentine’s cards.

Event is included with Arbor Lodge Mansion admission. Questions? Call 402-873-7222.

Celebrate Valentine's Day Celebrate Valentine's Day

February 10, 11 & 14 @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Celebrate your love with a romantic getaway to Lied Lodge.

Join us on Friday, February 10, or Saturday, February 11, for a special Valentine’s Day Package that includes an overnight stay at Lied Lodge, live piano music in the lobby, and dinner for two in the Timber Dining Room featuring: choice of a Valentine’s special dinner feature or dinner menu selections.

Tuesday, February 14, Valentine’s Day Package includes an overnight stay at Lied Lodge and dinner for two in the Timber Dining Room featuring Deja Blu and a prix fixe dinner menu.

Please call 402-873-8740 for dining reservations. To reserve the Valentine's Day Package, call 800-546-5433 or reserve online.

Fireside Wine & Music Fireside Wine & Music

Sunday, February 19 @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Escape to all-new Lied Lodge for an evening of fun on Sunday, February 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Relax in the lobby at Lied Lodge with an Arbor Day Farm wine tasting while enjoying live music and savoring a cheese board complete with cheeses, fruits, and nuts.

Make it a getaway with the Fireside Wine & Music Package. Package includes an overnight stay at Lied Lodge and two tickets to the Fireside Wine & Music event. To reserve call 800-546-5433 or reserve online.

Want to enjoy the event without staying over? Tickets are sold separately for $10.00 per person. Questions? Call 800-546-5433.

Marvelous Maples Marvelous Maples

Saturdays, February 25 through March 11 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Now’s your chance to experience Marvelous Maples – back by popular demand. Explore marvelous maple trees and discover how maple syrup is made. Taste sap right from the tree along with various types of maple syrup complete with a campfire and fun tree craft.

Available Saturdays, February 25 through March 11, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advanced registration is required. To register please call 402-873-8717.

Cost is $15 per person and includes Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

Nature Discovery Family Program Nature Discovery Family Program

Saturday, April 15 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Spark a sense of wonder in your family this spring! Journey throughout Arbor Day Farm on the Discovery Ride and discover the sights and sounds of nature. Complete your excursion with an exploration walk and a take-home nature-themed book. This special event lasts from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and requires advanced registration.

Cost is $19 per person and includes Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

Arbor Lodge Mansion Open Weekends Arbor Lodge Mansion Open Weekends

Now @ 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. 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

Now @ 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

Now @ 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

Now @ 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

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

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.

Weekend Wine Tasting Weekend Wine Tasting

Every Friday & Saturday Night @ 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 $7, receive four tastes and the wine glass is yours to keep.

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

The Apple House Market The Apple House Market

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

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.

Arbor Day Farm Guided Tour Arbor Day Farm Guided Tour

Now @ 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.
  • $18 per person, age 13 and older ($23 when you include the Discovery Ride)
  • $16 per person, age 3-12 ($21 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

Now @ 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 402-873-8705 to schedule.
  • Tree Adventure admission plus $5.00 per person, ages 3 & up.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8757.

Twilight Discovery Ride Twilight Discovery Ride

Now @ 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.
  • $18 per person, age 13 and older , $16 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!

Now @ 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.
  • $8 per person, age 13 and older; $6 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

Now @ 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 (ages 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 Arbor Lodge Mansion

Now @ 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 visit
  • Additional fee required for guided tours
  • Adults: $8, children (age 3-12) $6, children 2 and under free
  • Request this activity now or call (402) 873-8705

Tree Sleuth Tree Sleuth

An indoor teambuilding activity @ 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

Now @ 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

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

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.
  • $7 per person; must be age 21.
  • Available year round. 
  • Request this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705

Canvas Painting Session Canvas Painting Session

Available for Scheduling @ Apple House Market

Get your creative juices flowing with a canvas painting activity at the Apple House Market, one of the retail shops at Arbor Day Farm. Sip a glass of Arbor Day Farm wine and join your colleagues in painting individual 16"x20" canvasses with the guidance of a local artist; all materials provided and the art is yours to keep. The perfect creative outlet for those seeking something new and different -- makes a great team building activity. Shop the Apple House Market before and after your session, too. 

  • Allow two hours for this activity
  • Minimum of 25 people
  • $35 per person plus tax and service charge
  • Reserve this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705