Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum and East Sioux Falls Historic Site

A path to yesterday and tomorrow

The Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum and East Sioux Falls Historic Site began as a dream. A local visionary for the environment, Mary Jo Wegner imagined a natural haven in Sioux Falls like others enjoy in major cities. With wetlands, gardens, and native plants, the Arboretum provides recreation and education. A living link to the past and a great stake in our future: the Arboretum will help future generations foster a relationship with the environment while sharing the story of how earlier cultures interacted with the natural world.

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The Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum and East Sioux Falls Historic Site is part of the Sioux Falls Parks.

News & Announcements

  • If you strive to live a good life in all areas, journaling might be the next step to consider. Take a look at simple ways journaling can improve your life.

  • Gannett Foundation along with Crowdraising is helping us organize a campaign to raise money for our Children's Education Fund. We have been hosting school-age children's classes since 2013 and are only at this time able to accomodate 1st and 3rd grades. We have curriculum built for K-5th grade but need added funding to build this program. We are offering these programs free of charge to the Sioux Falls School District and have paid for bussing for Title I schools. We would like to open this up to other area schools and double our numbers. The Arboretum is a collection of plants and with the addition of the Perry Nature Area and the frontage on the Big Sioux River we are a park like no other park. Our mission is to connect people to nature and the past history of the area through active discovery and inspiration for a future that encourages children to be more aware of the abundance of nature around them.

  • There's no doubt about it: If you want to live a more knowledgeable, cultural and altruistic lifestyle, then learning another language has big benefits in store.

  • Nutrition impacts every area of our lives, including our ability to live altruistically for others. So let's dive into how you can celebrate National Nutrition Month.