Shuttle Drivers Log Nearly 40 Years Behind the Wheel

Jul 02 by in Arbor Day, General, Lied Lodge, Nebraska City tagged , with no comments

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The airport shuttle service is one of those things that travelers tend to take for granted.

They land at Omaha Eppley Airport, bleary-eyed from travel originating far and wide — sometimes from halfway around the world. They claim their bags and exit Door #2, looking up and down the curb for a driver they’ve not yet met and a car they don’t recognize. For many of these travelers, they’ve never set foot in Nebraska — let alone Nebraska City. But what they’ll soon find out is that the Lied Lodge shuttle drivers are among the best in the business.

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Employee Forests Sprouting Nationwide

Jun 03 by in Arbor Day, General, Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, Trees tagged , , , , with no comments

Johnson Controls and Arbor Day Foundation: Employee Forest Initiative

What do you get when a global technology and industrial solutions company joins forces with the nation’s largest non-profit tree planting organization?

A greener planet, one seedling at a time.

 Johnson Controls, Inc., is the latest partner to team up with the Arbor Day Foundation for an initiative called the Employee Forest program. Through this initiative, some of Johnson Controls’ nearly 60,000 North American employees will plant trees in the communities where they work and live – so far, spanning from Montana to Wisconsin and points beyond.

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Milestone in the Making: Lied Lodge Turns Twenty

May 22 by in Arbor Day, General, Historical, Lied Lodge, Nebraska City tagged , , , with no comments

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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.

View the Photo Gallery: Lied Lodge Under Construction & Architect Renderings

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Branching Out: Enchanted Arboretum combines art, nature

May 16 by in Arbor Day, Art, Enchanted Arboretum, General, Nebraska City, Trees tagged , , , , , , with no comments

Enchanted Arboretum in Nebraska City

*Editor’s Note: this blog post has been updated since its original posting, including the revised map of tree sculpture locations in Nebraska City.

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 71 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.

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Ready for Festivities: Arbor Day 2013

Apr 25 by in Arbor Day, Discovery Ride, General, Nature, Nebraska City, Trees tagged with no comments

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).

Tree climbing at Arbor Day Farm

Tree climbing is always a hit at Arbor Day Farm.

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.

Download the Arbor Day Farm Celebration Flyer (PDF), which includes a map to find your way to all the special activities.

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The mansion at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City, Nebraska

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!

Missouri River Cottonwoods: A Plan for Restoration

Jan 30 by in Arbor Day, Cottonwoods, General, Missouri River, Nature, Trees tagged , , , , , , , with no comments

Cottonwoods on the Missouri River

Employees of the Arbor Day Foundation and The Nature Conservancy were together again on the Missouri River bank last week, clipping and collecting thousands of cottonwood stem cuttings.

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.

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Members’ Hazelnuts: Now Growing

Jan 22 by in Arbor Day, General, Greenhouse, Hazelnuts tagged , , with 13 comments

Sprouted Hybrid Hazelnut

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.
First, a little backstory:

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The Cottonwood Project: Restoring a Riverbank

May 18 by in Arbor Day, Cottonwoods, General, Nature tagged , , , , , with 1 comment

1,500 cottonwoods were planted along the Missouri River

How do you plant 1,500 cottonwoods? One tree at a time.

A crew of employees from the Arbor Day Foundation and The Nature Conservancy gathered this week to bring cottonwoods back to a section of land near the Missouri River bank, just north of Nebraska City, Nebraska. The restoration project
is a collaborative effort of the two organizations, along with the U.S. Forest Service and the Nebraska Forest Service, designed to bring life and sustainability back to the riverbank.

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Arbor Day Employee Takes a Spin

Dec 09 by in Arbor Day, General tagged with no comments

Pat and Vanna from Wheel of FortuneEditor’s Note: The Arbor Day Foundation’s very own Cathy Horner, Human Resources Manager, was selected to appear on the gameshow Wheel of Fortune recently. Naturally, we’re all very excited for her. We had a number of questions about the game show experience, which she was kind enough to answer for us in this blog post. Tune in to watch Cathy on Wheel of Fortune on December 14, 2011.

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Q: How were you selected to be a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune? 
A: My daughter and I attended a Wheel Mobile event, on a whim, last April when Sony Studios was crossing the country in their WheelMobile (a big yellow RV) screening contestants for the Wheel of Fortune.  I was lucky enough to be chosen at random to answer puzzles with a group of people on the stage they set up to look just like the real game show.  After that, I was selected to attend a second audition with a more rigorous screening process.  A couple of weeks later, I was sent a letter stating that I was selected to be a contestant!

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An Intern’s Perspective: It’s More Than Trees

Aug 15 by in Arbor Day, General, Nature, Trees tagged , , , , with 2 comments

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Editor’s Note: We asked our intern, Hanna, to write a blog post about her Arbor Day Farm experience this summer. Below is her contribution. Thank you, Hanna, and may you touch many more lives in nature in the years ahead.

“What is Arbor Day all about?” I ask this question of the visitors during my tours at the Tree Adventure and Arbor Day Farm. As you may expect, I get a variety of answers:  anywhere from planting trees to Johnny Appleseed to saving the planet. I tell them that they all are close, and explain the need to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. 

Throughout my summer as a Nature Interpreter Intern I have learned a lot, starting with the Arbor Day Foundation’s mission and now ending with heirloom varieties of apples. My time this summer, however, has taught me that Arbor Day is about more than just trees.

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