Conservatory, arboretum host April 28 events.
Parents looking to teach their children about the importance of trees have two solid options this Saturday.
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will host its third annual Arbor Day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dawes Arboretum will hold its annual Arbor Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28.
The conservatory, with help from Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, will host outdoor tree-climbing activities and equipment demonstrations, weather-permitting. Visitors also can learn about trees, see a demonstration from the Central Ohio Woodturners and kids can craft a tree cookie necklace.
Activities are included with admission, which is $18 adults, $15 seniors and $11 children ages 3-12. Younger children are admitted free. The conservatory is located at 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus.
Attendees will receive a tree sapling (while supplies last) and can participate in prize drawings. Food trucks, including Pitabilities, Too Good Eats and Tortilla Street Food will be on-site.
For more information, go to fpconservatory.org.
Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road SE in Newark, has a variety of items on tap at its free family event. Attendees can participate in crafts and activities, learn about trees, see animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (at noon and 1 p.m.) and kids can climb a tree.
Scheduled presentations include performances by Musical Mark at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; tours of Daweswood House Museum at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; and tours of plants in the north loop with arboretum plant records/GIS manager Greg Payton at noon and 1:30 p.m.
Food trucks will be on-site. The first 500 families will receive a free tree.
For more information, go to columbusparent.com/content/stories/2016/04/event-arbor-day.html or dawesarb.org.