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Upcoming Tours

Fall Founder's Walk

Date/Time: Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:00 AM
Fee: $10.00
Current Attendance: 1 of 25

Celebrate the Arboretum’s 20th Anniversary year and hear about how it all came to be, along with fascinating insights and plans for the future, all from the founder himself, Buz Brenton. This popular annual walk will be offered in three seasons this year, register for one or all!

Pre-register by September 27.

Timber, Tales, & Twilight

Date/Time: Saturday, October 14, 2017 5:30 PM
Fee: $10.00
Current Attendance: 1 of 25

An age-appropriately spooky evening for all to enjoy! Take a “haunted” walk through the trees, hear a seasonal story, and make a tasty caramel apple snack. Costumes are strongly encouraged for all, all ages welcome!

Please wear sturdy shoes for the walk!
Pre-register by October 10.

Greater DM Botanical Garden Member Open House

Date/Time: Sunday, October 8, 2017 10:00 AM

Open house to introduce GDMBG members to the Arboretum. Will offer guided walks at 11 & 2.

Self-Guided Tours

Leaf Walk

Identify 15 different trees while you walk using  this guide.  Smartphone users can link to our website from each tree for more information using their QR-code readers.  Pick up the Leaf Walking Guide at the Visitor Information Kiosk located at the entrance.


Stormwater Walk

Stormwater Walk

Visit and evaluate 20 different trees and shrubs that can help you better manage erosion and flooding concerns.  Find information about grasses and wildflowers too.  Smartphone users can link to our website from each marker for more information using their QR-code readers.  Pick up a Stormwater Walk guide at the Visitor Information Kiosk, located at the entrance.

Stormwater Walk Page


Guided Tours

Walking or seated tours are available by request.  Bus tours are available to groups that bring their own bus.

Guests with mobility restrictions may schedule a private visit on the gator with a staff member; by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm.

On a tour, visitors will be introduced to the arboretum as guides reveal the history, prominent collections, important activities and research projects. Please contact the arboretum to arrange a tour for your particular interest.

Members, starting rate at $1 per person

Non-members, starting rate at $30 + $1 per person

Please contact us at 515.992.4211 or to arrange your tour.

Fee Schedule


10 Things to Do at the Brenton Arboretum

1. Enjoy the quiet.
2. Hike one of the seven trails.
3. Attend an educational program.
4. Find your favorite tree.
5. Start a leaf collection.
6. Join a nature club.
7. Watch for migrating birds. Download Birding Brochure
8. Visit the O'Brien Nature Play Area.
9. Have a family picnic.
10. Create a phenology journal, an account of seasonal changes that affect plants and animals in a given location.