Walking Plays

Walk along with theater performers surrounded by nature

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Walk along with the action of your favorite literary tales performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. All Walking Plays are approximately 90 minutes in length and will not exceed 2 miles in hiking distance.

2021 Season

The Johnny Appleseed Folk Society

An eclectic group of folk musicians tell the tall tales of American Folk Legend, Johnny Appleseed. This journey weaves fact and fiction to tell of John Chapman’s legendary travels and his relationship to the land and the people who lived in the early days of Western expansion. Colorful, heartfelt and often hilarious scenes create a musical adventure through time and trees.

July 17, 18, 24 (canceled), 25, 31
August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
Performance is at 6:00 p.m.

A Haunting in Sherwood Forest

There is a disturbance in the forest! The modern-day descendants of Robin Hood and his friends and foes join forces to discover the mystery of who, or what is casting a dark shadow on their beloved woodland playground. In a swashbuckling, madcap journey, audiences will be witness to mystical forces, epic battles, timeless themes and thrilling suspense.

September 25, 26
October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
Performance is at 6:00 p.m.


Each month the Arboretum will offer a Low Impact Hike. Low Impact hikes are designed for guests with lower mobility; the hike covers a shorter distance (around half a mile) at a slower pace, and stays near paved paths wherever possible to avoid chipped trails and grassy areas.

This year’s dates are July 24 and August 15. October date to be released soon.

View the Accessibility Guide for more detailed information.

The Saturday, July 24 Walking Play performance is canceled due to inclement weather.

To rebook your tickets for any future 2021 summer performance, please contact with the following information:

  • Order number
  • New requested booking date for any 2021 Walking Plays
  • Phone number and your name in case we need to contact you

We recommend at least 24 hours notice to allow us time to update your order and send new tickets. Rebooking is based on availability. If an event date is sold out, we are not able to move your tickets to that date. Sending your request by email helps us process requests in a timely manner.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon at Walking Plays.


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