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Dallas County Foundation funds new Gator for Brenton Arboretum
Thursday, March 24, 2016
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March 18, 2016

The Brenton Arboretum near Dallas Center recently bought a new John Deere Gator with help from a $2,500 grant from the Dallas County Foundation.

The electric-powered Gator is outfitted with extra seats so students with limited mobility can fully participate in the educational experience of field trips that are led by arboretum staff members.

Brenton Arboretum Executive Director Melissa Burdick said the new equipment is a boon to the organization’s outreach programs, and she thanked the Dallas County Foundation for their generosity.

“Our Knee-high Naturalist field trip programs reached more than 1,000 local Iowa school children last year,” Burdick said, “and our goal is to reach as many or more in 2016. This vehicle will ensure that every child has the best possible experience during their visit to the Arboretum.”

The Brenton Arboretum offers free guided field trips to all non-profit schools. To schedule a field trip, contact Education and Outreach Director Beth Wingert at or call 515-992-4211.

The Brenton Arboretum is located at 25141 260th St. in Dallas Center. It is free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to sunset. Dogs are welcome with a $5 day pass for non-members. For more information visit the Brenton Arboretum website.

Blog History

9/13/2018 - Andy Schmitz, Director of Horticulture, Published in Prestigious Journal
3/24/2016 - Dallas County Foundation funds new Gator for Brenton Arboretum
2/15/2016 - The Best Tree You've Never Heard Of
7/1/2015 - Stormwater Walk
5/22/2015 - Historic Homes & Gardens of the Scottich Highlands Tour
12/15/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Five Southern Iowa Counties
10/24/2014 - 2014 Urban Tree Conference
8/25/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer
7/17/2014 - Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
5/7/2014 - INTOXICATING!
3/4/2014 - Plant Conservation at the Brenton Arboretum
2/18/2014 - Drought 2012 by Becky Strom
2/4/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Bremer and Wapello Counties
1/28/2014 - Drake University Contest
1/13/2014 - The Des Moines Register ‘s Editorial: Iowa needs to focus on ash tree disaster
1/13/2014 - Des Moines Register, Iowa View: 32,000 football fields of trees gone
1/4/2014 - Happy Holidays from the Brenton Arboretum!
1/3/2014 - Osage Orange
10/23/2013 - The Chiara Quartet
1/1/2010 - Kids Nature Club
1/1/2010 - Register for a FREE program!