Taltree Arboretum & Gardens welcomes groups of children kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in this year’s Trail of Scarecrows contest. To enter, participants create a scarecrow based on a storybook and write an essay about how their scarecrow represents the chosen story or story character.
“This program was developed as a fun and creative way for children to develop team building skills with an art and nature focus,” said Maddie Grimm, Director of Education, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “The entries will line the arboretum across from the Depot during the month of October as a part of our fall festivities.”
Taltree guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite scarecrows throughout October. First, second and third place prizes for the most popular will be awarded in a ceremony on October 31. All contestants will receive free day-of admission for the awards ceremony event.
The Trail of Scarecrows contest is open to school groups, community groups, homeschool groups and families. Groups must have a minimum of five children between the ages of six and twelve and be led by one adult. This program meets Indiana K-5 English/Language Arts state standards.
All entries must be registered by Monday, September 21. Entry is free. For more information or to get a registration form, visit http://www.taltree.org/programs/children/trail-of-scarecrows/ or 219.462.0025 x103.
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving the environment, educating the public, and conserving a natural space for guests to enjoy. Situated on a beautiful 330-acre oak preserve of formal gardens, and restored woodlands, wetlands, and prairie, Taltree hosts a variety of public classes, exhibits, and events.
Taltree is located at 450 West 100 North, near Valparaiso, Indiana in Northern Indiana, just south of U.S. 30, approximately 15 minutes east of Interstate 65. For more information, visit Taltree.org or follow Taltree on Twitter at @TaltreeArb and Facebook at facebook.com/Taltree.