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20 Things to do for Free January 2020

We're kicking off the new year by giving free admission to the Arboretum from Jan. 6-31.

We’re kicking off the new year by giving free admission to the Arboretum from Jan. 6-31.*

We hope you’ll take full advantage of the all the Arboretum has to offer indoors and out this month. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

YouBetcha stick structure (see #14). Photo by Norbert Lucas.

1. Bring the entire family to PlantMaker Studio between noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays during January in the Learning Center. Drop-in anytime to make and taste a gingerbread cookie and learn about why we bake with spices in the winter.

2. Snuggle in for a children’s story time in the Andersen Horticultural Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays throughout the month.

3. See the Arboretum Photographers Society’s 12th annual juried show: The Best of America’s Gardens, Arboretums and Parks in the Cafe Gallery starting Jan. 9.

Winter Market on Jan. 12. Photo by Gayle Fleming.

4. Shop our Winter Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 12. Find scrumptious treats both savory and sweet, health and beauty products galore, pet care fun and home decor from nearly 80 vendors.

5. Nordic Ski with Hoigaard’s 1-3 p.m. Jan. 12. Beginners can take an introduction to cross country skiing lesson from 1-2 p.m., and seasoned skiers can go out from 2-3 p.m. Meet in the Fireplace Room. Hoigaard’s will have rental skis available. 1/8/20 Update: Due to lack of snow Hoigaard’s is bringing snowshoes from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 12. Meet in the Fireplace Room to sign up for snowshoeing.

6. Join us for a free yoga class at noon on Jan. 16 and a free tai chi class at noon Jan. 26 as a part of our Yoga in the Garden series.

7. Hike Three-Mile Drive, and see the beauty of the Harrison Sculpture Garden in the winter.

Find these birds hidden throughout the Snyder Building and Oswald Visitor Center.

8. Find hidden winter birds (two cardinals, two blue jays, one turkey and two chickadees) in Arboretum buildings.

9. Visit the Andrus Learning Center, and explore the conservatory to see trees that produce chocolate, coffee and more. Learn about food and nature through interactive exhibits.

10. Visit the Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Center. Learn more about the fascinating lives of bees and their contributions to our ecosystem through interactive displays. (Use the 82nd St. entrance.)

Bird feeder near the window of the Arboretum Cafe. Photo by Chris McNamara.

11. Buy a cookie, breakfast or lunch in the Arboretum Cafe. Snag a table near a window to watch the birds feast at the bird feeders.

12. Plan your garden in the Andersen Horticultural Library. In addition to books on landscape design, you’ll find hundreds of 2020 catalogs for inspiration as you dream about spring.

Photo by Chris McNamara.

13. Visit the conservatory in the Snyder Building, and breathe in the warm, tropical air.

14. Walk through the YouBetcha stick structure in the snow.

15. Shop the Gift & Garden Store. Spend $20 and get a free caramel.

16. Become a member or renew a lapsed membership and get a FREE tote bag (while supplies last.) Visit the Membership desk in the Oswald Visitor Center.

Photo by Mark MacLennan.

17. Bring your own Nordic skis or snowshoes and take a winter trek on our groomed trails (weather permitting). Find maps at our information desk.

18. Check out the Wonders of Winter exhibit through Jan. 29 in the Andersen Horticultural Library. Find new backyard birding tips, curl up with a new book and discover the beauty of the gardens in the snow.

Alowan 4, by Ben Peyer, from Wide Open Spaces exhibit in Reedy Gallery.

19. Take in the Wide Open Spaces exhibit through Jan. 26 in the Reedy Gallery. The show features artists Ben Peyer, Allan Servoss and Cameron Zebrun.

20. Discover the vibrant, colorful collection of children’s books in the Andersen Horticultural Library. Find a new story to read to your favorite children.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the Arboretum in the winter? Comment below or send a photo to Make sure to include your name, home city, a brief description of the photo and tell us why the Arb is important to you.

*The Flower Show Preview Party on the evening of Jan. 31 is a paid event, and free admission doesn’t apply.

3 comments on “20 Things to do for Free January 2020

  1. Tami Planitzer

    Can’t wait!

  2. Victoria J. Bayerl

    Our family has been attending the pancake breakfast and syrup making for over 20 yrs. We love the 3 mile trek and all of the adventures along the way, the trees, the maze, tree house, creeks and ponds, swamps, wildlife, falling in the snow, and finding new off-the-beaten paths.

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