- This event has passed.
This program is canceled as of 9/21/23 due to rain in the forecast.
See trees in their autumn glory and learn how they add beauty and value to our landscapes. Enjoy unique family-friendly programs, live music, hayrides, and more. Food and drinks available for purchase. Native plants are available for purchase while supplies last.
(Rain Date: Sunday, September 24)
1. Upper Lawn
- Live Music
Geoffrey Giordano: 11am-1pm
The Sheehan Brothers: 2-5pm
- Ask an Arborist: 10am-12pm
- Coronet Cut Demonstration: 11-11:30am
- Welcome Walks: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Each walk is free with admission and lasts about one hour. Capacity is limited, so please sign up ahead of time at the plant sales tent.
- If These Trees Could Talk Tour: 2:30pm
Join our Arborists for a behind-the-scenes look at the legacies of Mt. Cuba’s trees.
3. Main Lawn
- Kids Tree Climbing: 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
Pull on a harness and get ready to climb! Scale a tree with the help of our arborists and get a birds-eye view of tree work.
4. South Garden
- Story Time Sprouts: 11:30am, 2pm
Relax on our South Lawn while you listen to a selection of nature-themed books about fall.
5. Natural Lands
- Hayrides: 11am, 2pm, 3pm
Celebrate the season with a 25-minute scenic hayride through our natural areas. Free with admission, reserve your time at the plant sales tent as space is limited.
6. Upper Lawn
- Forest Elders
Old growth forests are essential to healthy environments. Learn about their ecological importance and their enduring mystique.
- The Sweet Smell of Trees
Engage your senses with the fragrances of wood chips from different species of native trees.
- The Art of Woodburning
Browse a selection of art for sale and participate in the process of woodburning.
- Custom Wooden Bench Raffle
Enter our free raffle to win a sourwood bench! You need not be present to win.
- Bluey’s Woods
Venture into the woods and get your hands dirty with nature play activities. Pick up a fall-themed scavenger hunt to follow as you explore the gardens.
- Octoraro Native Plant Nursery
Learn the ins and outs of plant propagation with Octoraro Nursery.
7. Woods Path
- Storybook Stroll
Wind along the Woods Path as you read along to The Boy Who Grew a Forest.
Membership is natural nourishment. Sign up today!
- Plant Sales
A variety of native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last!
9. Food & Beverage
- Mojo Loco: 11am-5pm
Delicious tacos, street corn, and more!
Tree Festival takes place at Mt. Cuba Center on Saturday, September 23, 2023 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 24).