Visitor Information


177 W Hickory St
Hesston, KS 67062

Arboretum Visitors are welcome year round, 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. Children must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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General Admission

Members are admitted free of charge.
Adults – $2.00 per visit
Children under 12 – $1.00 per visit

General admission may be placed in the brown metal payment pole located at the southeast corner of the Visitor Center, or brought in to the receptionist during Visitor Center open hours.

Visitor Center Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 2:00pm (May 1 - October 15 ONLY, closed in the off season)
Sundays: CLOSED

* The Visitor Center is closed to the public from December 24 through the first Monday in January.

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Prairie Notes Blog

In Gratitude for the Prairie

Posted on November 25, 2020 by Scott Vogt

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Dyck Arboretum of the Plains The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains staff and board of trustees send warm wishes this Thanksgiving holiday. The following is a list of things we are grateful for this year. 1. The opportunity to help others. That simple truth powers all of us when things get tough. […]

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Will Work for Lights: How We Prepare for Luminary Walk

Posted on November 18, 2020 by Katie Schmidt

It is that time of year again! Volunteers and staff are preparing for our annual Winter Luminary Walk event. This means stringing hundreds of extension cords and thousands of Christmas lights throughout the Arboretum. It may seem ridiculously early, but we often start this process the day after Halloween. (Do you think a Monster Mash/White […]

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Buffalograss Seeding Experiment

Posted on November 11, 2020 by Scott Vogt

Buffalograss gets its name from the “buffalo” that once roamed the Great Plains and foraged on this dense native turf.  As a component of the shortgrass prairie, early settlers used sod, held together by buffalograss, to construct their sod houses. Prairies were woven together with buffalograss and that’s why it makes such a nice lawn […]

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Upcoming Events

Winter Luminary Walk: Closing Weekend

December 4th, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Native Plant School: Winter 2021 (Online)

January 14th, 2021 - April 8, 2021

Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills (Online Lecture)

January 26th, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm