McCloud Nature Park is welcoming guests of all ages to its first annual Arbor Day festivities on Saturday, April 28.
Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities at the nature center, including a fun-filled afternoon of tree-themed crafts and games that highlight the importance of trees.
Visitors can come to the McCloud Nature Center for a "Tree ID Spree" hike at 10 a.m., which includes an introduction to the type of trees at McCloud Nature Park followed by a short walk in search of the trees that are native to Indiana. From 1-4 p.m., the public is invited to take part in "Tree-mendous Family Activities." This event will include leaf printing on fabric, making your own paper as well as planting tree seedlings to take home.
Arbor Day was founded in 1872 as a way to celebrate the trees of the world. Today, Indiana observes Arbor Day annually on the last Friday of April with tree plantings and statewide events.
The Arbor Day activities are free of charge and open to the public.
McCloud Nature Park is located five minutes south of North Salem on 8518 N. Hughes Rd. The park is open from dawn until dusk, and the nature center is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
For more information on park programs, please call the park naturalist at (765) 676-5437.