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April

Maple Sugarbush Festival and Pancake Breakfast

Maple Sugarbush Festival and Pancake Breakfast

Celebrate the maple sugar harvest from the trees of Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve at the Maple Sugarbush Festival! Bring the family to enjoy a hearty breakfast, including sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes with pure maple syrup, and juice, milk and coffee. After breakfast, families can take a guided tour through the woods to observe how sap is harvested from the sugar maple trees, and then visit the sugar shack to witness the process of boiling the sap into pure, delicious maple syrup. Family-friendly activities add to the festivities. Maple syrup and maple confections will be for sale, and only available during the event.

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Spring Wings

Fly by Wesselman Woods for a day of learning with the birds. This family-friendly event will include hands-on activities and lots of opportunities to meet live animals.

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May

Reptile Roundup

Reptile Roundup

Connect with reptiles and amphibians through up close interaction. Reptile breeders and herpetoculturists from the region will display their favorite animals at this family event. You’ll get to appreciate some of the unloved creatures in our environment. Get your picture taken with a snake, see a giant tortoise, learn how to avoid bad pet choices, and make your own “reptile” to take home. Presented in partnership with the Tri-State Herpetological Society.

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June

Reptile Roundup

Reptile Roundup

Connect with reptiles and amphibians through up close interaction. Reptile breeders and herpetoculturists from the region will display their favorite animals at this family event. You’ll get to appreciate some of the unloved creatures in our environment. Get your picture taken with a snake, see a giant tortoise, learn how to avoid bad pet choices, and make your own “reptile” to take home. Presented in partnership with the Tri-State Herpetological Society.

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July

Bug Fest

Learn all about the creepy crawly world of insects & spiders! This family-friendly event will include hands-on activities and lots of opportunities to meet live critters. Sponsored by D Patrick.

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October

Wandering Owl Beer & Wine Trail

Wandering Owl Beer & Wine Trail

Experience Southwestern Indiana’s most beautiful destination by spending an evening at this earthly gala. Stroll along the network of trails surrounding Wesselman Nature Center, while enjoying food and beverages from local restaurants.  Sample a variety of beers and wine from the tri-state area. 

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Harvest Festival & Hayride

Harvest Festival & Hayrides

Enjoy the changing seasons at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve while taking in the thrills and traditions of autumn at this family-oriented afternoon and evening event.

Horse-drawn hayrides carry you through Wesselman Park while you learn how nature prepares for winter. Meanwhile, several of the Preserve’s inhabitants–including raptors and reptiles–are waiting to meet you at Odonata Pond in the Nature Preserve.

Take a guided hike through the woods at night. You can listen for wildlife and see an after-hours side of the Preserve that visitors rarely see.

Other hands-on learning experiences also abound, like stargazing, insect identification, sensory games, and more. Plus, enjoy seasonal concessions for purchase.

Event cost is $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. All proceeds help support the educational and nature programs Wesselman Nature Society provides throughout the year.

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