Special Events and Activities

at Arbor Day Farm

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

Learn How to Plant Your Tree

Some tours include a free tree. Plant yours the right way, and it will thrive.

Arbor Lodge Mansion Arbor Lodge Mansion

Now @ Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Step back in time and be inspired for tomorrow at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. Visit 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.

Arbor Lodge Mansion is open seasonally. View current hours or call 402-873-7222 for more information.

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

The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge

Now @ Lied Lodge

Enjoy award-winning cuisine made with seasonal ingredients in the Timber Dining Room, open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Choose from seafood, steaks, locally produced pork and chicken, 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 online.

The Timber Dining Room and Library Lounge will be closed January 6–26, 2019, to allow for new enhancements to our kitchen. During this time, a complimentary continental breakfast will be provided to overnight guests in the Terrace Room at Lied Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be available to both guests and the public at nearby Steinhart Lodge. Shuttle service will be available for overnight guests.

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 5:00am to 11:00pm, and is reserved exclusively for Lied Lodge guests.

In the summer months, you can also enjoy outdoor water play at the nearby Steinhart Park Aquatic Center.

PLEASE NOTE: The pool area will be closed for maintenance January 6–24, 2019. Passes to the Ambassador Wellness Center in Nebraska City will be available to guests during this time.

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

Within walking distance of Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure and Lied Lodge & Conference Center, the Apple House Market is your one-stop shop for Arbor Day Farm's freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables, signature wines, cider, fresh-baked pies, and unique gifts. Complete your visit with an apple cider or cherry slushie! See current hours. Call 402-873-8710 for information.

Fuelwood Energy Plant Gallery Fuelwood Energy Plant Gallery

Now @ The Fuelwood Energy Plant Gallery

Just a few steps from the Lied Lodge & Conference Center entrance, explore the newly renovated Fuelwood Energy Plant Gallery to learn about the process of turning trees into energy and the importance of biomass. Watch as woodchips are moved through the plant and converted to steam that provides hot water (for the lodging rooms, kitchen, and indoor pool) and room heating and air conditioning for 120,000 square feet at Lied Lodge Conference Center.

The interactive exhibit is hands-on fun for all ages. Open daily 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mystery at the  Mansion Mystery at the Mansion

Now @ Arbor Lodge Mansion

Spend an enjoyable evening sipping iced tea and mingling with new friends while playing a part in an interactive murder mystery. Guests can participate as much or as little as they wish as the group uses clues to find out who did it! Participants are provided with a variety of props and costume pieces. Feel free to come dressed as the millionaire you may end up playing.

  • Allow 1.5 hours for this activity.
  • Maximum 30 people.
  • Available 5:30–8:00 p.m.
  • $25 per person (includes admission to the mansion).
  • Additional food and beverage may be added. 

Check out what others are saying about their Mystery at the Mansion experience. View video

Request this activity now or call to reserve: 402-873-7222.

Mansion Visit Mansion Visit

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.

  • Allow 1-2 hours for mansion visit
  • Adults: $8, children (age 3-12) $6, children 2 and under free
  • A private tour with a guide in period clothing is available for an additional fee
  • Request this activity now or call 402-873-8705