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Retzer Nature Center:

Updated on: Wed., October 21, 2020
Construction Updates: Retzer Nature Center is currently undergoing some exciting new renovations. The building, Scarecrow Lane, and most trails are open for visitors. Please watch for updates, signs, and changes to vehicle and pedestrian routes as some of the drives, parking lots, trails, and outdoor areas will be temporarily closed. Please view the closures parking map and trails map.
Madison Street Construction: Access to Retzer Environmental Learning Center building will be limited coming from the east using Madison Street due to a road project. Access is available from Hwy 18 and County Rd DT. Read more about the Madison Street Reconstruction Project.

Enjoy the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt


Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Scarecrow Lane 

September 21 - October 31, 2020
Open Daily, Sunrise to 10 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to take a fun, self-guided walk around Scarecrow Lane at Retzer Nature Center to enjoy the unique scarecrows displays and changing colors of autumn. Find the scarecrows near the Children’s Garden, located behind the west end of the Learning Center building. 

The Scarecrow Lane trail is approximately 0.4 mile. The trail includes areas of bark mulch and mowed grass and has some rolling terrain. A stroller suitable for off-pavement use could traverse the trail, but it is not a paved, flat trail.

The Build-A-Scarecrow Registration Closed on September 16, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Build-A-Scarecrow at Home for Scarecrow Lane

August 12 - September 16, 2020

Get your family or group to create a scarecrow to display on Scarecrow Lane for fall hikes. Families, schools, churches, businesses, scouts, 4-H, day-care centers, sports groups, clubs and individuals are all encouraged to display their own scarecrow creation! There is no fee to participate in this activity.

Build-A-Scarecrow Registration Closed on September 16, 2020 at 4 pm.