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Upcoming Events

Self-led Events

Independent Programs

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Read & Roam:
When Spring Comes

Tuesday-Saturdays in April


Spring is here at Hayes Arboretum! Celebrate with Kevin Henke's story When Spring Comes along the Red Trail.


The Red Trail (1 mile) is a dirt trail that begins behind the Nature Center and contains some hills.

Free and open to all!

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Wildflower Hike

Saturday, April 8th


Explore our native wildflowers on a hike through the forest with our naturalist.

$3/member | $5/nonmember | Children 12 and under free.


WIPER Weed Wrangle

Saturday, April 15th


Participate in identifying and removing invasive plants in our forest at this annual volunteer event. 

Learn more about Wayne County Invasive Plant Education & Removal (WIPER).

Free and open to all.

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Indiana Phenology Workshop

Saturday, April 29th


Did you know you can  help scientists while you are out enjoying nature? Phenology is the science of the seasons and helps us understand how plant and animal life cycles are influenced by weather and climate. Come learn about Indiana Backyard Observing, a local citizen effort underway to document seasonal changes in plants and animals in Indiana. We'll talk about nature observation using a free tool called Nature's Notebook and cover everything you need to know to start observing phenology in your favorite outdoor spaces. We'll highlight a special opportunity for teachers to involve their students in the project.

Learn more about the Indiana Phenology organization.

Free and open to all.


Spring Mushroom Program

Saturday, May 6th


Accompany Dr Don Ruch, Professor Emeritus at Ball State University, as he teaches about local mushroom identification. The program includes a hike through the forest in search of fungi.

Free and open to all.

Tuesday, April 18th | 6:30PM

Eastern Indiana Beekeepers Meeting

Are you an avid bee lover or want to learn more about beekeeping? Join the Eastern Indiana Beekeepers as they meet on various topics. Learn more here


Free and open to all! 

Tuesday, April 18th | 4PM Thursday, May 4th | 4PM

American Discovery Trail Hiking Club

Do you want to walk our trails but don't want to go alone? Tag along with the American Discovery Trail Hiking Club as they hike the forests of Hayes Arboretum. Learn more about the group and future dates and locations here.

Meet at the Nature Center Parking Lot

(801 Elks Rd)

Free and open to all!

Saturday, April 22nd | 10-2PM

Family Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with fun family activities! Giveaways, live animal shows, guest speakers, free trees, and much more!

Follow the Family Earth Day Celebration on Facebook for more details!

Free and open to all!

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