Special Events and Activities at Arbor Day Farm

Lilac Walk Lilac Walk

Weekends April 22–May 7 @ Arbor Lodge Mansion

Take in beautiful blooming lilacs all across Arbor Day Farm. Experience the sights and scents of nature with a guided Lilac Walk through Arbor Lodge State Historical Park on Saturdays and Sundays, April 22–May 7 (blooms permitting). View more than 200 different varieties of lilacs from around the world! 

Guided tours are available on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Questions? Please call, 402-873-7222.

Arbor Day Weekend Celebration Arbor Day Weekend Celebration

April 29-30 @ Arbor Day Farm

Celebrate the tree planter's holiday right here where it all began at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. All across this 260-acre campus, opportunities abound to play, learn, taste, and shop, all in celebration of trees.

At the Tree Adventure:

  • Tree Climbing – Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Outdoor Family Fun – Enjoy face painting, balloon art, learning opportunities, and assorted hands-on activities. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Climb aboard the Discovery Ride – an informative and fun guided journey into the backwoods of Arbor Day Farm. Rides depart on the hour 11 a.m.–2 p.m. both days (weather permitting). $5 per person. Kids age 2 and under ride free. 
  • Tree Adventure admission: $8 adults; $6 youth (age 3-12). Includes a tree seedling to plant at home.

At the Apple House Market and Pie Garden:
Sip Arbor Day Farm's newest wine varieties while you shop for jams, jellies, salsa, honey, pies, and other tasty treats. Enjoy an apple slushee and light lunch.

At Lied Lodge: 
Relax, retreat, and gather together at the all-new Lied Lodge. Fully-updated guest rooms, indoor pool, award-winning restaurant, and on-site spa. Call 800-546-5433 for availability and reservations or reserve online now.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is open for visitors, too. Take an inspiring, up-close look at the life and legacy of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day.  

At the Morton Mansion:

  • Explore the 52-room mansion and learn about the history of Arbor Day and spring planting on the Morton farm 
  • Enjoy parlor entertainment and fresh flowers throughout the mansion
  • Mansion admission: $8 adults; $6 youth (age 3-12)

Enjoy the full Arbor Day Farm experience with the All-Access Day Pass

  • Morton Mansion, Tree Adventure, and the Apple House Market are open Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.  
  • Admission: $15 adults; $11 youth (age 3-12)

Migratory Bird Day Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 13 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Join us at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Migratory Bird Day. Explore the wonderful world of birds! Learn about the amazing journey some birds take through migration games, crafts, and activities.

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

Celebrate Mother's Day Celebrate Mother's Day

Sunday, May 14 @ Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm

Show Mom how much you care with a visit to Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. Here are a few ways to make Mother's Day memorable this year:

  • Enjoy a decadent Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14, served 11am - 2pm in the Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge. See the scrumptious Mother's Day brunch menu, then call 402-873-8740 for your reservation.
     
  • Take Mom on a nature hike filled with flowering trees and fresh air at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure. Spring Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sundays 11am - 5pm. Admission applies.
     
  • Tour the 52-room historic mansion at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. At 2pm, attend a Century of Fashion, presented by Sue McLain and sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. Spring Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sundays 11am - 5pm. Admission applies.
     
  • Soothe her spirit with a spa treatment at Lied Lodge. View the spa menu and request an appointment online.Call 800-546-5433.

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

Select Weekends Beginning May 28 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Enjoy a relaxing food and nature activity at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure. Sip Arbor Day Farm wines and snack on light hors d'oeuvres; then head out to the wooded trails for a casual stroll-and-learn with Arbor Day Farm's tree expert. Join us:

  • May 28 (Sunday) 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
  • June 11 and 25 (Sundays) 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • July 2 and 16 (Sundays) 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • August 12, 19, and 26 (Saturdays) 4 p.m.–6 p.m
  • September 3 (Sunday) 4 p.m.–6 p.m

Overnight Package 
Includes a one-night stay at Lied Lodge, breakfast for two in the Timber Dining Room, and two tickets to the event. Reserve you overnight package online or call 1-800-546-5433. 

Event-only Tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the Tree Adventure. Reservations recommended. Call 402-873-8717.

Guided Grounds & Garden Tour Guided Grounds & Garden Tour

Saturdays, May 20 – July 22 @ Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Explore Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum, the estate of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, with a Guided Grounds and Garden Tour. Get an up-close look and share in the rich history of the carriage house and tack room, gazebo, fish pond, tree trail, and much more, Saturdays, May 20  July 22 at 2 p.m.

Guided tour is $5 per person. Questions? Call Arbor Lodge at 402-873-7222.

Buzz About Bees Buzz About Bees

May 27 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Discover the wonderful world of bees and how much we rely on them!

On Saturday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, participate in a variety of activities and see our demonstration hive up close. Bee experts will be on hand to help us learn about this very important little bug.

Free with Tree Adventure admission. No reservations required. Questions? Call 402-873-8717 for information. 

Sunset & S'mores Sunset & S'mores

Saturdays, June 3 – September 9 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Share in a summer evening treat at the Tree AdventureSunset & S'mores is offered every Saturday evening through September 9.

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.

The Discovery Ride departs at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. beginning August 19) with the bonfire and s'mores following the ride. Cost includes your Tree Adventure admission, your ticket for the Discovery Ride, the bonfire, make-your-own s'mores, and bottled water.

Reservations are required and minimum of 10 participants by 5:00pm for the Sunset & S’mores activity; please call the Tree Adventure at 402-873-8717 to reserve your seat.

Get Outdoors Day Get Outdoors Day

Saturday, June 10 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with a visit to the Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm on Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Follow nature’s lead with a scavenger hunt, agility activities, and crafts!

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

International Mud Day International Mud Day

Saturday, June 24 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Did you know getting outside and playing in the mud is not only fun, but it's also beneficial?!

Get your hands dirty and play in the mud to celebrate International Mud Day on Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tree Adventure. Make mud paintings and sculptures, squish your toes in the mud, and investigate different types of soil (a change of clothes is recommended).

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

Nature Discovery Family Program Nature Discovery Family Program

Saturdays, July 8-22 @ Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Spark a sense of wonder in your family by taking this special trip through Arbor Day Farm on the Discovery Ride, followed bya nature exploration walk. Come prepared to go creek-side and discover what lies in nature's waters. This program is open to everyone, but it is best-suited for families with young children ages 3-8. Each family receives a related nature-themed book to take home. This special event requires advanced registration.

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

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. 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.

Learn How to Plant Your Tree


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

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 Adventures and Lied Lodge & Conference Center, is open seven days a week. Apple House Market phone: 402-873-8710.

Canvas Painting Session Canvas Painting Session

Now @ 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 canvases 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 10 people; maximum 25 
  • $35 per person plus tax and service charge
  • Reserve this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705

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.