LEAF Festival

This is Erie’s annual celebration of the beauty and diversity of trees in the arboretum. Local organizations provide information and hands-on activities. The festival is free and open to the public.

Our 19th annual LEAF Festival will be held on September 9 from 10AM-2PM! The festival will feature many indoor & outdoor nature activities for all ages and interests.

Schedule of events:

Ongoing Events (10:00 AM– 2:00 PM)

  • Educational Exhibits and Hands-On Activities
    – Asbury Woods Nature Center & Erie Zoo Live Animal Displays
    – Tree Care Q&A with Nickel Plate Landscape
    – Butterfly Display with Maria Blakeslee
    – Reel Casting with S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie
    – I Am a Planet Kid / Plant it Forward Community Tree Planting Initiative
    – Anatomy of a Tree with DCNR Bureau of Forestry
  • Nature Crafts & Outdoor Activities for Kids
  • Trees Available for Sale
  • Auction & Door Prize (auction proceeds benefit LEAF’s education programs)

Special Events

  • 11:00 Storytime on the Patio
  • 12:00 Walking Tour of the Arboretum
  • 1:45 Auction Drawing

Auction tickets will be for sale throughout the day. Proceeds from the auction benefit educational programs at the LEAF Education Center.