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The Brood X Cicadas are beginning to emerge!

While cicadas do not bite, sting, or cause immediate harm to pets, they can provide some damage to younger trees.

This damage occurs when the eggs the female planted in smaller twigs (about the width of a pencil) hatch.

If you have a younger tree - especially a maple, oak, or fruit tree - you can purchase netting with 0.5 inch holes (or smaller) from a garden center. Cover your tree and make sure to pin the areas towards the bottom as the cicadas climb up the trunk of a tree after emerging from the ground. Keep your trees covered until the end of June.

Adult cicadas will feed on the sap of mature trees, but it will not damage the tree enough to cause concern.

Enjoy this natural phenomenon! Learn more here.

The Auto Tour Pavement Project is complete!

Tokens can be purchased inside the Nature Center. 

Members: Free

Non-members: $5/car

Important News from Hayes Arboretum (Updated 4/15/2021):

Main Entrance is Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9-5pm.

East Side Trailhead is Open dawn to dusk, every day. 

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  • All fully vaccinated visitors have the option to wear a mask indoors. 

  • All visitors that are not fully vaccinated, we kindly ask that you wear mask up indoors.

  • Hiking trails can be accessed from the Main Entrance (801 Elks Road) and the East Side Trailhead (corner of Hayes Arboretum Road and Woodside Drive).

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  • Mountain Bike Trails are accessed from the East Side Trailhead and are weather dependent. Please confirm the status of the mountain bike trails here.

  • The Nature Playscape, including the Butterfly and Herb gardens, are OPEN for public use. The boxes containing the smaller components of the playscape will currently remain off limits. ​

  • The restrooms are OPEN and can be accessed from the back of the Nature Center.

  • The Nature Center is OPEN to the public. Some rooms and exhibits will remain closed. 

  • The Auto Tour is OPEN. Please call the day of the visit to verify it is open or closed to the public for that particular day. Tokens can be purchased in the Nature Center. Members are free while nonmembers pay $5/car.

  • No building rentals or future booking/reservations for any indoor spaces at this time. 

  • No school programs or Naturalist-led events are being scheduled at this current time. Homeschooling families - pleased email jbraun@hayesarb.org to learn how you can use Hayes Arboretum as an educational field trip. 

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Thank you for understanding.

Hayes Arboretum is a private property and classified forest. This means that you cannot collect or hunt mushrooms, flowers, plants, animals, and other natural objects from the property without permission of

Hayes Arboretum staff.

Please follow these rules and stay on the trails.

Help us protect the forest for future generations. 

Thank you!

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Dogs are welcomed!

Please use leash and clean up after pets.

Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails

Come explore our seventeen miles of hiking trails, the heart and soul of the Arboretum.

Auto Tour

Auto Tour

See the beautiful scenery of Hayes Arboretum from the comfort of your car on this three-mile driving tour. Admission is $5 per car, and free for members.

Programs and Events

Programs and Events

We host a variety of programs and events throughout the year for all ages, including public hikes, school field trips, and special celebrations.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Hayes Arboretum's Mountain Bike trails are located on the East Side of the property, on the corner of Woodside Dr. and Hayes Arb Rd. Before riding, you must sign a one-time safety waiver, and of course, wear a helmet!

Continuing the Tradition

Continuing the Tradition

The Arboretum has a history of over 100 years of environmental stewardship; Stanley Hayes bought his first parcels of land in 1915.

Bee-come a member!

Bee-come a member!

Becoming a member is one of the best ways to support the Arboretum, and members receive a variety of benefits in return.

Read & Roam: Seeds

Now - July 3rd, Tues-Sat, 9-5PM

Starts on the Red Trail behind the Nature Center.

Eastern Indiana Beekeepers

Tuesday, June 15th, 6:30pm

Meet in the Nature Center.

Nocturnal Neighbors

June 15th - 19th, 9-5PM

Starts on the Blue Trail behind the Nature Center.

Endangered in Indiana

June 22nd - 26th, 9-5PM

Starts on the Orange Hiking Trail on the East Side (corner of Hayes Arb Rd & Woodside Dr).

American Discovery Trail Hiking Club

Saturday, June 26th, 9am

Meet in the Nature Center Parking Lot.