Arbor Day Farm

Arbor Day Farm

Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure in Nebraska City, Nebraska, is a 260-acre living laboratory of environmental stewardship and conservation. Owned and operated by the Arbor Day Foundation, Arbor Day Farm’s mission is “to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees” and to demonstrate best practices in caring for the natural world.

Once the agricultural estate of J. Sterling Morton, founder of the first tree planter’s holiday in 1872, Arbor Day Farm carries forth the vision and shares a passion for trees with Girl Scouts of every age. Nature Interpreters facilitate a wide range of Badge Work.

Badge Work
Includes two hours of facilitated time with Nature Interpreter, admission to Arbor Day Farm® Tree Adventure™ attraction, necessary supplies, tree seedling.

Who: Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors

When: Available on request

Cost: $12 per scout, tax inclusive. Additional adults or children admitted at regular rates. Badges are not included in these packages.

Capacity: Minimum 10 scouts.

Where: Arbor Day Farm, 2611 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City

Chaperones: Refer to Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Brownies - along the trails investigate energy saving trees, practice close observation skills and record your growing relationship with the natural world in your own Nature Journals. Activities help you earn the It’s Your World-Change It! My Family Story badge and the It’s Your Planet-Love It! Household Elf and Hiker badges.

Junior - identify and sketch the Spring Apple and Grape Blossoms, investigate the healing properties of sunflowers and other Nebraska plants and go on a Flower Hunt through the Pollinator Fields and Butterfly Gardens while working towards earning the Legacy Flowers badge, the It’s Your Planet-Love It! Detective and Camper badges and the It’s Your World-Change It! Digital Photographer and Scribe badges.

Cadettes - take a tree trip, explore dendochronology and the parts of a tree, capture a tree in your nature journal, plant a tree (each scout takes home a tree seedling) and visit the greenhouse and growing houses while working on the Legacy Naturalists badge, Trees and the It’s Your Planet – Love It! Trailblazing badge.

Seniors - take time to hear and appreciate the sounds of nature and the work of the trees, record your reflections and observation in all new nature journals while working on requirements of the It’s Your Planet – Love It! Adventurer badge.

Discovery Ride
A one-hour scenic journey through historic orchards and forest, with a Nature Interpreter: learn about tree research and many kinds of conservation alongside agriculture and listen to the stories of Morton Family and Nebraska Pioneer families. Enrich your experience at the Tree Adventure with a Discovery Ride.

Cost: $3.00 per child; $4.00 per adult.

Indoor Campout Adventure
Sleep under the trees inside the Woodland Pavilion - includes: private, after-hours access to the Tree Adventure; night hike to the fire pit for a campfire and s’mores (weather permitting). Get this one-of-a-kind experience for $675, inclusive. 25 people maximum. Visit the Arbor Day Farm website for more details.

Fall Scout Day
October 13, 2013 rain or shine.

Celebrate Scouting at Arbor Day Farm.

402.873.8757 or send an email.

Arbor Day Farm Admission: $4.50 per scout; $6.50 per adult includes Facilitated Badge Workshops and Self Guided Badge Workshops will be available from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Approximately 35 acres of orchards produce a variety of apples, peaches, blackberries, cherries and Asian pears at Arbor Day Farm. Each fall season, more than 5,000 bushels of apples are harvested by visitors and workers – for cider production, pies, fresh eating and caramel dipping. For a unique retrospective, tour the Preservation Orchard: a collection of rare, heirloom apple varieties that are no longer commercially grown.

Click here to visit Arbor Day Farm’s website.