Arbor Day Farm can provide your group with a fun and educational experience. A wide variety of tours are tailored to fit your schedule, age groups, interests, and budget.
1-Hour Guided School Tour Options
Each tour includes one hour with a Nature Interpreter as well as a free tree seedling and Tree Adventure admission for each participant. Minimum group size is 15. Groups with fewer than 15, please call for prices.
- Child $10
- Adult $12
- Each additional hour of tour: $2 per person
Choose from the following themes to customize your class’s experience:
Bees and Blossoms Tour
A springtime trip to Arbor Day Farm provides an awesome view of the apple orchards in bloom. It’s also a great time to learn about apple development, integrated pest management, and the importance of pollinators. Take a peek into the world of honeybees and beekeeping, plus take a hands-on approach to discover how flowers are pollinated.
Wildlife Detective Tour
Wildlife abounds at Arbor Day Farm, but we don’t always see it. Some animals come out only at night; others are very shy around people. But they all leave clues that they are here. Learn to read the signs and discover who is hiding as you take a hike along South Table Creek Trail. Each person uses a photo scavenger hunt sheet to help with the discovery process. Great for sharpening observational skills and experiencing a wilder side of nature.
Tree Adventure Tour
Walk Arbor Day Farm’s Tree House Trail with a knowledgeable guide to learn about Nebraska’s native flora and fauna. Climb to the top of the 50-foot tree house. Explore the nature cabin filled with natural wonder. And continue your journey into the Lied Greenhouse where thousands of tree seedlings get their start. This is our most popular tour.
Discover Arbor Day Farm’s diverse ecosystems — a creek, prairie, and riparian forest — all within a short walking distance. Take part in interactive games that match animals to their native habitat and explore the advantages of camouflage. Build a food web chain of producers, consumers, and decomposers, then dig up some decomposers for up-close viewing. A favorite among students!
Terrific Trees Tour
Recommended for 3rd grade and older
Take an up-close look at trees to gain the basic skills needed for tree identification. Discover how the parts and function of a tree can become unforgettable once you act them out. Get an introduction to dendrochronology—the study of tree rings. Observe the many species that depend on trees for their survival. And share our passion for growing trees with a trip through the Lied Greenhouse.
Apple Harvest Tour
September and October offer bountiful ways to experience fall at Arbor Day Farm. Head to the orchard to learn how apples grow and are harvested. Interactive learning opportunities emphasize the importance of honeybees to the growing process. Visit the Apple House where the apples are washed, sorted, and packed and see where our cider is pressed and bottled. Everyone in the group receives a free sample of cider to taste.
Ride over the trails and journey into the heart of the orchards and forest on a tractor-pulled wagon. See and learn from an experienced tour guide about Arbor Day Farm’s native trees and animals, tree research, orchards, and history.
Additional cost: $7 per person (minimum capacity 15; maximum capacity 25).
Times and availability may vary.
Earn Scout Badges
$16 per person
Scout Badge Work Tours are available for scout troops interested in working on specific badges while visiting Arbor Day Farm. A Nature Interpreter guides activities that meet badge requirements while tailoring the program to meet the specific goals of your scout troop. NOTE: Follow-up activities are usually required to complete each badge; scout badges/patches are not provided through the Tree Adventure. These tours are each 90 minutes long; fees include admission to the Tree Adventure.
Badge Work Tours include:
- Girl Scout Brownies Bugs Tour
- Girl Scout Juniors Flowers Tour
- Girl Scout Cadette Trees Tour
- Cub Scout Bear Adventure Fur, Feathers and Ferns Tour
- Cub Scout Webelos Into the Woods Tour
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
Discover the rich history of the area, including the grand home of the Morton family where the idea for the first Arbor Day holiday was conceived. Begin your self-guided tour with a short video relaying the history of the Morton family and their magnificent home. Explore the 52-room mansion, see the carriage house and grounds, and be inspired to plant a tree! Perfect for any class studying Nebraska history.
- Child $7
- Adult $9