Take a Tour
Experience Nature on the Klehm Express
Available for pre-registered group tours. Pre-registration is required.
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 and to schedule your tour.
Cost: $30 tour + daily admission
Self Guided Tours
Enjoy Klehm all year long! Our 1.8 miles of paved paths are cleared during the winter months and we have 5 miles of additional woodland trails. Don’t forget… your canine friends are welcome, too!
Visitors are invited to enjoy self-guided walking tours through our gardens and arboretum. Make sure to stop by the Main Visitor’s Center to pick up a trail guide and Interpretive Tour before exploring! The Interpretive Tour details 23 points of interest around the 1.8 miles of paved paths located on our East and West Loops. A leisurely walk takes approximately 1-1/2 hours.
The East Loop
The East Loop contains garden collections including a Hosta Garden, Peony Garden, Rhododendron & Azalea Garden, Contemporary Perennial Garden, Grass 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 doors.
School Field Trips
Klehm welcomes kids and students of all ages to tour the arboretum for $5 per student. One chaperone per 8 students is free; additional chaperones are $3 each. Please contact Sam Burbach at 815-965-8146 or email her at [email protected] to schedule your student field trip.