Fall Programs


Luke Gran - Prudenterra
Saturday, September 30
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Listen to local business owner Luke Gran of Prudenterra talk about the ways to create, restore and manage native prairie, oak savanna, wetlands, and forest.


Saturday, September 30 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Immerse yourself in nature and experience the benefits of being fully present in the medicine of the forest. This gentle two-hour forest therapy walk offers a rich experience in nature that can improve mood and provide relaxation. Certified guides, Julie and Joseph Breshears, from Forest Therapy Pathways will guide you to use your senses to take in the healing environment of The Iowa Arboretum. Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing offers researched-based health benefits such as lowered blood pressure, decreased anxiety, and improved cognitive functioning. Slow down and unplug with mindfulness based and nature connection invitations. Join us for this unique wellness activity to unwind and rejuvenate! To better enjoy the walk please come prepared in the following ways:

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes; hiking shoes are not necessary.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Bring drinking water.
  • We will walk if there is light rain or intermittent showers, so bring rain gear if there is a possibility of rain. A forest therapy walk in the rain can be delightful if you are prepared, otherwise it can be miserable.
  • Bring bug repellent if you wish.
  • You may find a small backpack useful.

Saturday, October 14 • 9 am to 11 am
Join Leah for a walk around the grounds to hear the stories of the plant collection and the science behind the changing leaf color.

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