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Retzer Nature Center

Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Scarecrow Lane 

September 15 - October 31, 2021
Open Daily
Sunrise - 10 pm

Recommended for all ages


Visit Retzer Nature Center for a fun, self-guided walk around Scarecrow Lane on the Blue Trail to enjoy the unique scarecrows displays and changing colors of autumn. Find the scarecrows on the west end of the Learning Center building, near the Children's Garden, and loop to the Retzer pond. (Woodchipped trails with some sloped terrain.)

Try the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt during your visit!

Please note:

  • The trail is not fully paved and is not lit after dark.
  • Retzer Nature Center grounds are open daily, sunrise - 10 pm. 
  • Special event admission fee applies on Sat., September 18 for Apple Harvest Festival

Check out Story Hike for another fun autumn hike at the nature center.

Build-A-Scarecrow At Home

Schools, churches, families, businesses, scouts, 4-H, daycares, and individuals...
EVERYONE is encouraged to build a family-friendly scarecrow at home to display at Retzer Nature Center from Sept. 15-Oct. 31.


  • Read the Build-A-Scarecrow Instructions online before creating your scarecrow.
  • Register your scarecrow online by 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2021. (Entry period has expired.)
  • Download & complete the I.D. slip from the website, seal in a bag & pin on your scarecrow.
  • Install your scarecrow on the stakes provided along the blue loop trail near the Retzer Pond and Children’s Garden from Sept. 11-15.
  • Remove your scarecrow between Nov. 1-7.
  • Any scarecrows not removed by Sun., Nov. 7 will be discarded.