Special Events and Activities at Arbor Day Farm

Hues of the Orchard at Arbor Day Farm Hues of the Orchard at Arbor Day Farm

January 28, February 11 & February 25 @ Apple House Market

Tap into your creative side and share in a painting party with friends on January 28, February 11, and February 25, at 6:30pm at the Apple House Market, Nebraska City.

You and the other painters will each transform a 12″x16″ blank canvas into your own unique works of art depicting a festive snowman; $35 per person includes all the art materials you’ll need and one glass of wine or hot cider. Children over 8 are welcome to join in the fun. Session is led by Deanna Freiling of Arbor Day Farm.

To reserve your seat, please call the Apple House Market at (402) 873-8710.

Make it getaway with the Hues of the Orchard Package. The package includes an overnight stay at Lied Lodge, canvas, painting supplies, and glass of wine or hot cider for two. Call today for your overnight reservation: 800-546-5433 or reserve it online now.

Celebrate Valentine's Weekend Celebrate Valentine's Weekend

February 12-14 @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Lied Lodge is a wonderful place to celebrate the love you share. The Valentine's Day Package includes an overnight stay, a special dinner for two in the Timber Dining Room and live music from Deja Blu, available on your choice of Friday, Saturday or Sunday (February 12,13 or 14, 2016). View the Valentine's Day Weekend menu here. Call today for your reservation: 800-546-5433. 

Love Bird Walk Love Bird Walk

February 13 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Join us at the Tree Adventure on February 13, for a Love Bird Walk at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm.

Celebrate the month of love by learning about love connections. Our guide will help you learn more about our feathered friends, learn new skills, and interesting facts about the birds found in your area.

Bring a bag of bird seed and receive $10 off your new Tree Adventure Annual Pass. Offer only available on February 13.

All activities are included with regular Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

Marvelous Maples Marvelous Maples

February 27, March 5 & March 12 @ Tree Adventure

Join us at Arbor Day Farm on February 27, March 5 and March 12, at 1pm for our all new event – Marvelous Maples.

Discover the process of maple tree tapping! Learn how these marvelous trees work and taste the sweet results; includes tree activity and take home craft. Fun for all ages.

Advanced registration required. All activities are included with regular Tree Adventure Admission. Questions? Please call 402-873-8717.

Annual Gnome Hunt Annual Gnome Hunt

March 11-25 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Let's go gnoming! Back by popular demand. The hunt is on at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure.

Bring the entire family to join in the fun of finding all your favorite gnomes and discover their new hiding places. With clues and a map, you’ll journey throughout the Tree Adventure looking high and low. The perfect event for all ages and abilities. Rain, snow or shine.

Activity is included with regular Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

Local Wine Dinner Package Local Wine Dinner Package

Local Wine Dinner Package, March 12, at Lied Lodge @ Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Make plans to join us on Saturday, March 12, for a Local Wine Dinner -- an exclusive food, drink, and overnight stay package at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.

The Local Wine Dinner includes a decadent six-course dinner from Chef Thomas, each course expertly paired with a southeastern Nebraska wine. Featuring trout, venison and local pork!

The Local Wine Dinner package includes the six-course dinner & wine pairings on March 12, 2016, plus an overnight stay at the all-new Lied Lodge that evening. To reserve your Local Wine Dinner Package, please call 800-546-5433, or reserve it online now.

Want to enjoy the wine dinner without the overnight stay? The wine + dinner (only) option is available for $75 + tax and service charge per person; reservations are required. Please call The Timber Dining Room at 402-873-8740 to reserve.

 

Easter Weekend at Arbor Day Farm Easter Weekend at Arbor Day Farm

March 26-27 @ Arbor Day Farm

At the Tree Adventure:

Take a springtime stroll through the woods for family-friendly games, plus a leisurely seek-and-find egg hunt. Children will enjoy chicks, bunnies, ducks, and lambs at the Tree Adventure. Easter activities included with regular Tree Adventure admission.  The Tree Adventure is open Easter Saturday, 9am–5pm; Easter Sunday, 11am–5pm. 

At the Apple House Market:

Sip Arbor Day Farm wines and shop for flavorful jams, jellies, salsas, and more. The Pie Garden Cafe is also open for apple pie and other tasty treats.  Open Easter Saturday, 9am-5pm; Easter Sunday, 11am-5pm. 

At Arbor Lodge State Historical Park:

Enjoy a close-up look at the life and legacy of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day. The mansion is open for self-guided tours; admission is $7/adults; $4 youth (age 3-12). Reminder: a park permit is NOT required to explore the grounds. Arbor Lodge mansion is open Easter Saturday, 9am–5pm; Easter Sunday, 11am–5pm.

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.

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.

Wine, Cheese, and a Walk Among the Trees Wine, Cheese, and a Walk Among the Trees

Now @ 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
  • Minimum of 25 people; maximum of 100 people
  • $30 per person
  • Available June through October
  • Request this activity now, or call (402) 873-8705

Morton Mansion at Arbor Lodge Morton Mansion at Arbor Lodge

Open Seasonally @ 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.

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.
  • $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

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 $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

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.
  • $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!

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.
  • $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

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 (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

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 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) 873-8705

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.
  • $6 per person; must be age 21.
  • Available year round. 
  • Request this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705

Mixology Class Mixology Class

Now @ 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) 873-8705

Bees & Blossoms Bees & Blossoms

Now @ Arbor Day Farm

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 

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
  • $38 per person plus tax and service charge
  • Reserve this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705