Events and Activities at Lied Lodge

Celebrate Love Celebrate Love

Weekends in February
At Arbor Lodge Mansion

Love is in the air all throughout Arbor Lodge Mansion. Step back in time and discover weddings related to the Morton’s with photographs, newspaper articles, and diary entries. Let’s not forget the antique wedding apparel and Valentine’s cards.

Event is included with Arbor Lodge Mansion admission. Questions? Call 402-873-7222.

Marvelous Maples Marvelous Maples

February 25 and March 4 & 11
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Now’s your chance to experience Marvelous Maples – back by popular demand. Explore marvelous maple trees and discover how maple syrup is made. Taste sap right from the tree along with various types of maple syrup complete with a campfire and fun tree craft.

Available Saturdays, February 25 through March 11, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advanced registration is required. To register please call 402-873-8717.

Cost is $15 per person and includes Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

Annual Gnome Hunt Annual Gnome Hunt

March 10-26
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Let's go gnoming! Back by popular demand. The hunt is on at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure.

Bring the entire family to join in the fun of finding all your favorite gnomes and discover their new hiding places. With clues and a map, you’ll journey throughout the Tree Adventure looking high and low. The perfect event for all ages and abilities. Rain, snow or shine.

Activity is included with regular Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 17 & 18
At Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

 Whether you’re Irish or not, celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day tradition at Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm.

Join us Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, for entire weekend filled for St. Patrick’s Day themed events and activities. Start your weekend with an overnight stay at the all-new Lied Lodge. Friday evening, enjoy Irish classics and “green” favorites in the Timber Dining Room and green beer in the Library Lounge complete with live musical entertainment.

Call 800-546-5433 or reserve online the St. Patrick’s Day Package and receive a themed favor at check-in. For dining reservations, please call 402-873-8740 or reserve a table online.

Visit the Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure for St. Patrick’s Day crafts and journey throughout the trails in search of gnomes. Activity is available Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and is included with regular Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Please call 402-873-8717.

Nature Discovery Family Program Nature Discovery Family Program

Saturday, April 15
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Spark a sense of wonder in your family this spring! Journey throughout Arbor Day Farm on the Discovery Ride and discover the sights and sounds of nature. Complete your excursion with an exploration walk and a take-home nature-themed book. This special event lasts from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and requires advanced registration.

Cost is $19 per person and includes Tree Adventure admission. Questions? Call 402-873-8717.

Arbor Lodge Mansion Open Weekends Arbor Lodge Mansion Open Weekends

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Step back in time and be inspired for tomorrow at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City. Tour the 52-room mansion, loaded with family artifacts and mementos from J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, the tree planter's holiday first established in 1872.

Also on the grounds: a carriage house and tack room, Monument Square, a whispering bench, 200+ varieties of lilacs from around the globe, a playground, picnic areas, and other trails. Admission applies for mansion access.

Questions? Please call (402) 873-7222.

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is owned by Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, and is managed by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm

The Tree Adventure

Discover something new every season at Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure. Here you can hike miles of forested trails, climb a 50-foot-tall treehouse, embark on the guided Discovery Ride, and play and learn in the Nature Explore Classroom. Your paid admission includes a tree seedling to plant at home. The Arbor Day Farm experience isn't complete until you've explored the many activities at the Tree Adventure. Open daily. Photo: R. Neibel.

The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge

Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, enjoy nature-inspired cuisine made with locally-grown ingredients in the Timber Dining Room. Choose from seafood, Nebraska steaks, buffalo, vegetarian options, an extensive wine list featuring Arbor Day Farm signature wines, and a decadent dessert menu. Children's menu also available. For reservations, call 402-873-8740, and find complete menu selections on our dining page.

Olympic-sized indoor pool at Lied Lodge Olympic-sized indoor pool at Lied Lodge

Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Whether you swim laps or just splash around, all guests are welcome in the olympic-sized indoor pool. Take a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi or steam away stress in the red cedar sauna. Young swimmers will appreciate the separate baby pool, just 18" deep. The pool is open daily from 6:30am to 11:00pm, and is reserved exclusively for Lied Lodge guests.

The Lied Greenhouse at Arbor Day Farm The Lied Greenhouse at Arbor Day Farm

Arbor Day Farm

Tour the state-of-the-art growing facilities where many thousands of tree seedlings flourish at Arbor Day Farm. Learn about the important role you play in the Arbor Day Foundation's tree planting mission and, in peak season, watch as thousands of tree seedlings are sorted, labeled, boxed and shipped to destinations around the world. Access to the Lied Greenhouse is included with your Tree Adventure admission. More about the Lied Greenhouse.

Weekend Wine Tasting Weekend Wine Tasting

Lied Lodge & Conference Center Lobby

Sip, savor, and enjoy Arbor Day Farm's selection of wines, made from grapes grown right here on our 260-acre property.

Arbor Day Farm wine tastings are offered most Friday and Saturday evenings in the Lied Lodge lobby, 5:00-7:00pm. For just $7, receive four tastes and the wine glass is yours to keep.

Questions? Contact the Lied Lodge front desk: 402-873-8733.

The Apple House Market The Apple House Market

Arbor Day Farm

The Apple House Market is your one-stop shop for Arbor Day Farm's freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables, signature wines, fudge, fresh-baked pies, light lunch entrees, and unique gifts. Within walking distance of Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure and Lied Lodge & Conference Center, the Apple House Market is open Thursday through Monday during the winter season. Apple House Market phone: 402-873-8710.

Canvas Painting Session Canvas Painting Session

Available for scheduling.
At Apple House Market

Get your creative juices flowing with a canvas painting activity at the Apple House Market, one of the retail shops at Arbor Day Farm. Sip a glass of Arbor Day Farm wine and join your colleagues in painting individual 16"x20" canvasses with the guidance of a local artist; all materials provided and the art is yours to keep. The perfect creative outlet for those seeking something new and different -- makes a great team building activity. Shop the Apple House Market before and after your session, too. 

  • Allow two hours for this activity
  • Minimum of 25 people
  • $35 per person plus tax and service charge
  • Reserve this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705

Wine Tasting Wine Tasting

Available for scheduling.


The vineyards at Arbor Day Farm bring forth several varietals of red, white, and fruit wines. Find your new favorite with our wine tasting activity.

  • Allow 15-30 minutes 
  • Participants select any four tastes (1 oz. each) of Arbor Day Farm wines; the wine glass is theirs to keep.
  • $7 per person; must be age 21.
  • Available year round. 
  • Request this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705

Gnome Hunt - Group Favorite! Gnome Hunt - Group Favorite!

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Find the forest gnomes climbing trees and hiding in the brush. Using clues and a map, looking high and low, the hunt is on. Available year round.

  • Gnome Hunt lasts approximately 1 - 1.5 hours.
  • $8 per person, age 13 and older; $6 per person, age 12 and younger.
  • Set up charge of $100 for groups up to 50 people.
  • Minimum of 15 people per group. 
  • A great rain-or-shine activity.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705.

Arbor Day Farm Guided Tour Arbor Day Farm Guided Tour

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Enhance your visit to Arbor Day Farm with an engaging Nature Interpreter who shares the history of this 260-acre National Historic Landmark. The tour begins at Lied Lodge, then includes a look inside the Fuelwood Energy Plant, and concludes with a walk to the Tree Adventure. Available year round.

  • Guided time is 2 hours; attendees may then explore at their leisure.
  • 15 to 25 people per guide. Smaller or larger groups, please call.
  • $18 per person, age 13 and older ($23 when you include the Discovery Ride)
  • $16 per person, age 3-12 ($21 when you include the Discovery Ride).
  • Tree Adventure admission is included.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705.

Sunset & S’mores Sunset & S’mores

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Share in a summer evening treat at the Tree Adventure! Climb aboard for a guided, one-hour Sunset Discovery Ride as you journey through the orchards and vineyards at Arbor Day Farm. Following the ride, gather ’round for a twilight bonfire complete with make-your-own s’mores.

  • Allow two hours for this activity
  • 15 to 25 people. Smaller or larger groups, please call.
  • Ride departs approximately one hour before sunset
  • $19 per adult & $15 per child (ages 3-12)
  • Price includes admission for the Tree Adventure, ticket for the Discovery Ride, s'mores, and beverage
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705

Discovery Ride Discovery Ride

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Climb aboard and embark on a guided tour into the heart of the orchards and forest. See and learn about Arbor Day Farm's conservation practices at work. 25 adults approximate capacity. Rides offered April through October.

  • Rides last approximately one hour.
  • Private Discovery Rides available. Call 402-873-8705 to schedule.
  • Tree Adventure admission plus $5.00 per person, ages 3 & up.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705.

Spa Treatments Spa Treatments

Available for scheduling.
At Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Relax, rejuvenate, and refocus in the Spa at Lied Lodge. Choose from a full menu of massages and body therapies to soothe away stress and leave you feeling renewed. View the spa menu here, or request a spa appointment online, and treat yourself the way nature intended.

Twilight Discovery Ride Twilight Discovery Ride

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Your group will enjoy a private, enchanting guided Discovery Ride through the orchards and forest at sundown as the magnificent colors of sunset cast a spectacular glow across Arbor Day Farm. Available April through October. 25 adults approx. capacity.

  • Twilight rides last approximately one hour.
  • $18 per person, age 13 and older , $16 per person, age 12 and younger
  • Minimum of 15 people;  25 people maximum.
  • Tree Adventure admission is included.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705.

Fuelwood Energy Plant Tour Fuelwood Energy Plant Tour

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Visit the Fuelwood Energy Plant, a renewable biomass energy operation that uses trees and technology to heat and cool Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm. Featuring interpretive panels and interactive exhibits, and hosted by an experienced Arbor Day Farm Nature Interpreter. Available year round. Watch a short video about the Fuelwood Energy Plant.

  • Tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.
  • Meets at Lied Lodge.
  • $5 per person.
  • $75 for groups fewer than 15.
  • Tree Adventure admission is not required.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705.

Private Bonfire Private Bonfire

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Enjoy the evening stars at Arbor Day Farm as your group unwinds around a big, mesmerizing bonfire out in the open air. Available year round.

  • Bonfire lasts approximately 1-3 hours
  • Set up charge of $150 for the first hour; $75 for each additional hour.
  • Children must be accompanied by adults.
  • S'mores and a storyteller may be added for an additional fee; ask for details.
  • Tree Adventure admission is not required.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705.

Arbor Lodge Mansion Arbor Lodge Mansion

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Arbor Lodge is the original estate of J. Sterling Morton -- the founder of Arbor Day, the tree planter's holiday. What started as a four-room home evolved into the 52-room mansion that still stands today. The home is filled with priceless artifacts of the Morton Family's life and legacy; you will be impressed. 

  • Allow 1-2 hours for mansion visit
  • Additional fee required for guided tours
  • Adults: $8, children (age 3-12) $6, children 2 and under free
  • Request this activity now or call (402) 873-8705

Tree Sleuth Tree Sleuth

An indoor teambuilding activity
At Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure

Learn to identify and classify trees by their leaf shape, structure, seeds, fruit, and leaves. 

  • Tree identification activity lasts about one hour.
  • $15 per person; minimum of 15 people
  • Includes a What Tree is That? 76-page tree ID field guide for each participant to keep
  • Request this activity now, or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705

Commemorative Tree Planting Commemorative Tree Planting

Available for scheduling.
At Arbor Day Farm

Commemorate your event or a special occasion by planting your own tree at Arbor Day Farm. The ceremony includes a tree (ranging 4-feet to 7-feet tall) -- choose from 67 different species -- with a small plaque describing the tree and the person or event being honored. Shovels and mulch provided. The arborist team at Arbor Day Farm will provide ongoing care for your living monument. Available April through October.

  • Ceremony and tree planting last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Set-up fee of $500-$800.
  • Request this activity now or call to reserve: (402) 873-8705.

Welcome Presentation Welcome Presentation

Available for scheduling.
At Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Lied Lodge and Arbor Day Farm is a bustling place -- and this 15-minute welcome presentation from one of our employees gives you an overview of who we are, what we do, and the global impact of our tree-planting mission. Takes place in your meeting room; includes PowerPoint. Complimentary.