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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Preview: Nature’s Symphony at Arbor Day Farm

Apr 08 by in Food & Drink, General, Nature, Tree House, Wine tagged , , , , , , , with no comments

Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra Maestro Ed Polochick

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.

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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.

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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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Consortium Gathers to Discuss Hybrid Hazelnuts

Dec 20 by in General, Hazelnuts, Nature tagged , , with 2 comments

Arbor Day Farm Hybrid Hazelnuts

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.

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How It’s Made: Apple Cider at Arbor Day Farm

Aug 30 by in Apples, Food & Drink, General, Orchards & Apples tagged , , , , , , with 1 comment

Arbor Day Farm apple cider

If you’ve ever watched the TV show “How It’s Made” on the Science Channel, you’ll appreciate this brief look at how Arbor Day Farm’s apple cider press works.

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Apple Harvest 2012: Carrying on the Tradition

Aug 29 by in General tagged , , , , , , with 1 comment

Bushels and boxes of apples, circa 1930; Joy Morton Orchard Company, Arbor Day Farm.

Bushels and boxes of apples, circa 1930, from the Joy Morton Orchard Company, now known as Arbor Day Farm.

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.

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