Meet a MAC Member: Iowa Arboretum

Iowa ArboretumThe Iowa Arboretum recently celebrated both its 50th anniversary and its achievement of
the Master Plan that was set in place in 2015. This resource was started by the Iowa State
Horticultural Society shortly after they purchased 40 acres in 1966. In 1968, the Iowa Arboretum
became an official nonprofit.

The purpose of the Iowa Arboretum, according to its mission statement, is “to be an inspiring
educational and recreational resource demonstrating the value and use of trees, shrubs, and
other plants in the Iowa landscape.” Since its beginnings, the Arboretum has grown in both size
and opportunities it provides.

In addition to being a space in which people can learn about native Iowa plants, the Arboretum
offers itself as a venue to celebrate life events, such as weddings and family reunions.
Mark Schneider, executive director, notes, “For Madrid to have a public garden is incredible.”

He invites the Madrid community to come and enjoy the large spectrum of opportunities
available at the arboretum. Eagle scout projects, partnerships, learning activities, and social
gatherings are some of the ways through which the Iowa Arboretum invites the community to be
involved. There are also volunteering opportunities, as the Arboretum is a nonprofit and there are
various services to fill.

Schneider explains that being a part of the growth of Madrid is a great opportunity for the
Arboretum. He says that those involved at the Arboretum are “Glad to be a part of the good things
going on in Madrid.” He recommends the community “Come out! It’s a wonderful resource.”
For more information on how to be involved with the various opportunities at the Iowa
Arboretum, access the website at IowaArboretum.org.