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Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

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September 23, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Canceled: Tree Festival

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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)

Scheduled Activities

1. Upper Lawn

2. Terrace

  • 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. 

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All-Day Activities

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.

8. Ticketing

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  • 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).

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