Here at Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska, we’re reaching a significant milestone in 2013, and it’s one we couldn’t have reached without you.
We’re celebrating 20 years of inspiring stewardship.
The Arbor Day Foundation acquired J. Sterling Morton’s original 260-acre estate in Nebraska City in 1972, and this National Historic Landmark was the ideal setting for carrying forth Morton’s legacy — specifically through a state-of-the-art conference center. After more than five years of planning, design, fundraising, and construction, Lied Lodge first opened our doors to the public in October 1993.
May 16 by Lied Lodge Blog in Arbor Day, Art, Enchanted Arboretum, General, Nebraska City, Trees tagged Arbor Day Farm, Enchanted Arboretum, Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, public art, sculpture, trees with no comments
Nebraska City is known for being the home of Arbor Day, the tree planter’s holiday. And now, it’s known for bringing tree-themed sculptures to the streets in a public art project called “An Enchanted Arboretum.”
A total of 72 poly-resin tree sculptures have been placed at various points around town for the summer, letting the locals and tourists alike enjoy their whimsical beauty.
All the trees will be displayed in Nebraska City until late September 2013. The six-foot trees done by professional artists and high school students will be mounted on concrete bases and set into the ground in public outdoor places. The rest of the trees, all four feet tall and designed by students, will be displayed at various businesses throughout the community.
Arbor Day Farm is eager to celebrate the 141st anniversary of Arbor Day in 2013, the tree planter’s holiday, which started here in Nebraska City back in 1872. J. Sterling’s vision for a “holiday that proposes for the future” is alive and well in communities large and small, all over the world.
Here in Nebraska City, Arbor Day’s hometown, we’re planning lots of fun.
Special Activities at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City
Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure is open extended hours on Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, from 9am to 5pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for youth (age 3-12).
Special events for Arbor Day 2013 at the Tree Adventure attraction include tree climbing, cross-cut sawing competitions, Arbor Day Farm wine tasting, face painting, bubble making, live music and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Outdoor Family Fun Trailer.
During this special weekend celebration, Discovery Rides into the orchard and forest at Arbor Day Farm will depart at noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28. We’re hoping for beautiful pink blossoms in the orchard by this time, so don’t miss your chance to see them up-close. Bring your camera! Discovery Ride tickets are $4 for adults; $3 for youth (age 3-12).
The Tree Adventure’s regular features are always available on every visit:
• Climb the 50-foot-high treehouse
• Hike the wooded trails.
• Solve mysteries in the Nature Explore Club Cabin.
• See the feature film, Trees in the Movies, where trees are the stars of the show
• Make music in the Nature Explore Classrooms
• Scramble up the 20-foot Spider Web
Also during your visit to Arbor Day Farm, be sure to stop and shop at the Apple House Market. Choose from delicious food items, small gifts, home decor and Arbor Day Farm wines — the perfect souvenir from our own vineyards.
Special Activities in the Nebraska City Community
The entire Nebraska City community takes great pride in being the birthplace of Arbor Day, and celebrations happen all over the city to mark this great event every year.
For the 2013 Arbor Day Celebration, the Nebraska City community has selected the theme of “Dig It, Plant It, Grow It.”
Nebraska City Arbor Day events include a 5k/10k run/walk, a parade, a chili cook-off, a home and garden show, and more activities for locals and visitors alike. Download the Nebraska City Arbor Day schedule of events for complete details.
Regardless of how you celebrate Arbor Day, two simple words sum it up best: Plant Trees!
Apr 08 by Lied Lodge Blog in Food & Drink, General, Nature, Tree House, Wine tagged Arbor Day Farm, concert, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, music, Nature's Symphony, Nebraska City, wine, woods with no comments
4/30/13 Please note: Due to the cold, wet forecast for Saturday, May 4, the Nature’s Symphony event at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure has been cancelled for a later date.
Refunds will be offered to individuals who have already purchased tickets.
If you’ve purchased Nature’s Symphony tickets online, please call (402) 476-2211 for assistance in obtaining a refund.
If you’ve purchased the Nature’s Symphony Package at Lied Lodge, please call 800-546-5433 and we’ll discuss your refund options.
We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to reschedule this one-of-a-kind outdoor music event for a later (warmer, drier) date.
Thank you for your understanding.
You’ve never experienced the Tree Adventure — or the symphony — quite like this!
Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure in Nebraska City and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra are teaming up for a one-of-a-kind outdoor music event, called Nature’s Symphony, on Saturday, May 4, from 3:00-5:00pm.
Guests of this event will stroll through the forested trails at the Tree Adventure, finding different musicians from Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, making music in the woods. World-renown violinist Anton Miller will play atop the 50-foot-high treehouse and Maestro Ed Polochick will play piano in the log-beamed Discovery Ride Depot, making for a musical, memorable encounter in the great outdoors.
Jan 30 by Lied Lodge Blog in Arbor Day, Cottonwoods, General, Missouri River, Nature, Trees tagged Arbor Day Farm, Arbor Day Foundation, cottonwoods, Missouri River, Nebraska City, The Nature Conservancy, tree care, trees with no comments
Gathering near Union, Nebraska, the volunteer crew set out to collect as many as 10,000 healthy donor cuttings that will be replanted in the Missouri River Valley this spring.
Late last summer, the Arbor Day Farm greenhouse staff reached out to a select group of Arbor Day Foundation members – specifically those who’d signed on to further the research of the hybrid hazelnut program.
We needed their help, and they didn’t disappoint. Read More…
First, a little backstory:
Members of the Hybrid Hazelnut Consortium gathered for their annual meeting last week at Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm. Representatives from all four institutions were present: the Arbor Day Foundation, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, and the University of Nebraska.
The goal of the Hybrid Hazelnut Consortium is to create a world leading research and breeding program to develop hazelnuts as a widely adapted, high-yielding and low-input sustainable crop that is competitive with annual crops for food, feed or bio-energy.
Apples and apple orchards are a time-honored tradition at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, and the 2012 apple harvest carries on that heritage.
Apple trees have thrived here since 1855, when J. Sterling Morton and his wife, Caroline, moved to Nebraska City from Michigan, and planted several varieties of apple trees on their homestead, the property now known as Arbor Day Farm.In the 1920s, J. Sterling and Caroline’s son, Joy – founder of the Morton Salt Company – partnered with Grove Porter and formed the Joy Morton Orchard Company on this land, one of many local orchards supplying a wide selection of apples for the southeast Nebraska region.
Today, the orchards at Arbor Day Farm are still going strong, even with the very dry year that 2012 has turned out to be. As is typical in drought years, the apples are smaller in size this year but the quantity of apples in the orchard remains relatively consistent with recent harvests.
Nebraska City, Neb. (March 30, 2012) – Senator Mike Johanns toured Arbor Day Farm Friday morning and was the keynote speaker for the American Agri-Women mid-year meeting, hosted at Lied Lodge & Conference Center March 29-April 1.
Nebraska City, NE – A selection committee is proud to announce six artists to showcase nature-inspired art installations in ‘Art in the Woods,’ an outdoor art exhibit coming to Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure in Summer 2012. Submissions were received from 35 artists spanning eight U.S. states and Canada, with media that ranged from stained glass and steel to willow branches and ceramics.