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Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours

All year long it’s easy to enjoy Klehm while walking on our cleared and paved East Loop path and traversing our woodland trails that are great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Don’t forget… your canine friends are welcome, too. Visitors taking self-guided tours are invited to enjoy walking tours through our gardens and arboretum. Pick up a trail guide at the Visitors Center. Explore 1.5 miles of paved paths in two loops and 2.5 miles of unpaved trails leading you through the heart of the Arboretum.  A leisurely walk takes approximately 1-1/2 hours.   Please note: reciprocal garden free admission is only honored for self-guided tours, non-group tours. Free with Admission.   Spring, Summer & Fall The East Loop The East Loop contains garden collections including a Hosta Garden,Peony Garden, Rhododendron & Azalea Garden, Wildflower Garden, Grasses Garden, Prehistoric Garden and five Demonstration Gardens. The Demonstration Gardens include a Butterfly Garden, Vegetable Garden, Daylily Garden and two other theme gardens. A Longer Walk—The West Loop The longer West Loop highlights the tree collections that make us a true Arboretum. Just a few of the trees you will see include buckeyes, larch, maples, beech, firs, spruce, oaks, pines and many more exotic and unusual trees. There are also several chipped paths throughout the West & East loops that will lead you to the more remote portions of the Arboretum property. No matter the season, Klehm is a great place to witness nature’s beauty, observe wildlife and spend relaxing time out of...

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Group Tours – The More the Merrier!

Group Tours –  The More the Merrier!

Groups of 20 can enjoy a self-guided tour for $4 each, covers admission and self-guided tour materials. Groups can enhance their experience by adding a ride on the Klehm Express electric shuttle ($30 tour) and enjoy a fresh, tasty box lunch ($9). We want you to have the complete Klehm experience! Please allow 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy Klehm, depending on group size and lunch arrangements. The Klehm Express comfortably seats 10 adult riders and the tour length can be adjusted to fit the needs of your group. Box lunches are available for groups of 10 or more and can be enjoyed at our spacious picnic site. Group tours, Klehm Express and Box Lunch extras must be reserved and paid at least 2 weeks in advance to receive discount pricing. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact us at (815) 965-8146 or by emailing info@klehm.org.     Boxed Lunch Menu & Order Form Please note: Reciprocal garden free admission are not available for group...

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Private Docent Tours

Private Docent Tours

Discover Klehm Through Private Tours Walk or ride in comfort and enjoy a narrated one hour trip through the Arboretum with a knowledgeable guide. The tours highlight our gardens, shrub and tree collections, seasonal blossoms and horticultural and natural history. Visitors who choose our private riding tour are limited to five passengers on our Blossom Buggy.  Docent tours must be scheduled and paid at least 2 weeks in advance. Let us create a tour just for you with what you want. Walking tours can be scheduled year-round. Riding tours can be scheduled May thru October, Sunday thru Friday 9am to 4pm. Members: $10 Non-members: $10 plus admission. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact us at (815) 965-8146  or by emailing info@klehm.org....

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Student and School Tours

Student and School Tours

Group Visits are available to school groups to explore the gardens without a guide. Materials are available to help elementary students guide their own learning in the arboretum.  Garden Adventure Packs are small backpacks issued to each group upon their arrival and collected when the group departs. Choose from six different adventures based on grade level which focus on a part of the Arboretum grounds.  Each tour includes Garden Adventure Packs (backpacks) containing all the curriculum and supplies needed for a one-hour, self-guided tour.  After the tour stay for a picnic, play in our Children’s Garden or take a map and explore more of the natural world at Klehm. Some of the themes covered are:Pond and Grass Study, Dinosaurs and Groves and Cones Galore. Tours are offered weekdays, year-round.  Backpack Garden Tours are designed for grades K – 5.  We offer a self-guided tour for older students which covers our full property.  For more information and to register your school: Download Registration Form For more information or to schedule a tour, contact us at (815) 965-8146 or by emailing...

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Experience Nature On The Klehm Express

Experience Nature On The Klehm Express

One of the most popular ways to make your visit memorable is to take a narrated tour aboard the Klehm Express shuttle.  Tours last half an hour and take you through almost two miles of paved paths.  The shuttle comfortably seats 10-12 passengers.  Call our office at (815) 965-8146 for group tour information. $30 Per Tour   Does not include admission. Only available for preregistered groups For more information or to schedule a tour, contact us at (815) 965-8146  or by emailing info@klehm.org....

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