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Lied Conference Center / Arbor Day Farm The Lied Conference Center / Arbor Day Farm offers a getaway destination with many working programs of the National Arbor Day Foundation. The entire building, including guest rooms, meeting space and public areas, is heated and cooled by a Fuelwood Energy Plant. Recycling is important throughout the building, and some of the materials, including carpet, are made from recycled products. The dining room overlooks a hazelnut orchard with Arbor Lodge in the distance. The trails around the building wind through the grounds, showcasing the many conservation projects at work.


With a strong sense of the country's history, visitors may look to the future. Arbor Day Farm offers an educational look at the world today and at measures that can be taken to preserve it for the future. Owned by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the property continues the mission of J. Sterling Morton in their everyday operations. Tours and programs educate about the environment and offer some alternatives to common problems.


Tours of the Orchard are geared to both children and adults. There are tours that focus on the production of the apple orchard and the varieties of apples that fill the Preservation Orchard. Learn how cider is made and see the antique apple sorter. A Tree Sleuths tour gives attendees a chance to walk the trails and identify trees. Many eco-tours promote the programs of the National Arbor Day Foundation.


Phone: (402) 873-9347
Apple House open Mon - Sat, 9am to 5pm, Sun Noon-5pm
Closed New Year's Day, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving.
Gift Shop open to the public year-round.

Group tours available by appointment.

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Attractions and Upcoming Events

River Country Nature Center

Visitors are invited to take a walk on the wild side at the River County Nature Center. More than 400 preserved specimen of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are on display at the center. The wildlife displayed are native to Nebraska, including a new Nebraska Albino Animal Display.

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Wildwood Historic Home and Art Barn

When Jasper Ware, an early Nebraska City banker took his wife, Ellen Kinney, to the west edge of town, pointed out the heavily wooded area south of Arbor Lodge, and said he wanted to build her a country home on the site, she responded, "Oh Jasper, I couldn't live in these wild woods!"

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G.A.R. Hall

The Grand Army Republic offered membership to all military personal who served in the Union Army from 1861 to 1865. The purpose was to provide camaraderie for the veterans and support for the widows and orpans of the union soldiers. The G.A.R. Hall in Nebraska City was just one of close to 100

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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park & Arboretum

A 52-room mansion that belonged to J. Sterling Morton, Founder of Arbor Day. Many of the family's original pieces fill the home. The Carriage house displays carriages used by the family. Walking trails wind through the grounds.

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