Build a bench at Family Nature Fest

FERDINAND — Families are invited to welcome spring by attending the seventh annual Family Nature Fest from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Ferdinand State Forest.

The fest is free. Participants should follow the signs to the Sycamore shelters.

The Family Nature Fest includes crafts and activities for families, a canine rescue demonstration by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ conservation officers, forest management tour, spring wildflower walk, bee keeping information and free continental breakfast.

Door prizes will be awarded, and local foresters will be available to answer tree and forest management questions. The conservation officers also will do an all-terrain vehicle safety demonstration featuring robotic Safety Sam.

New this year is the opportunity to build an Aldo Leopold bench. There will be 12 bench kits available for $25 each. Call the Ferdinand State Forest at 812-827-2857 to reserve a bench.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. Most activities, including the Aldo Leopold bench building, begin at 9 a.m. The wildflower walk begins at 9:15 a.m. and the forest management tour starts at 10:15 a.m. The canine rescue demonstration and ATV safety demonstration will wrap up the morning’s activities.

For more information, contact the Ferdinand State Forest at 812-827-2857 or, or the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 812-482-1171, ext. 3446.

The Ferdinand State Forest is located 6 miles east of Ferdinand, 6583 E State Road 264, Ferdinand.

The Family Nature Fest is sponsored by the Four Rivers Forestry Committee and IDNR Division of Forestry, with support from the Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Dubois County Solid Waste Management District.


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