2018 Events

For a printable list of the 2018 events, click HERE.
To host a booth at any event, click HERE.

Thank you to our sponsors-

Ralph Archer Presents: “Building a Woodland Garden”
Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m. –  FREE

We are happy to share that fern expert, Ralph Archer, will share his knowledge on how to build a woodland garden. He will show images of his favorite ferns and wildflowers, as well as demonstrate how a woodland garden changes over time.

Ralph has been a loyal volunteer for many years and has shared his expertise on ferns and gardens and has had an enormous impact on Creasey Mahan’s Woodland Garden.

Wildflower Walks with Tavia
Saturday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
FREE, donations encouraged, free crafts for kids
10:15 a.m. – Woodland Garden Walk
12:15 p.m. – Forest Trails Wildflower Walk

This will be Tavia’s 10th spring as she leads visitors on wildflower walks at the Nature Preserve. She looks forward to sharing “flora-lore” and her many stories about plants, how they got their names, medicinal uses and special ways they attract pollinators. Walks will start at the Nature Center.

Idlewild Butterfly Farm presents –
Presented by Tavia Cathcart Brown
Includes free butterfly garden plants!

$60 attendance, adult audiences recommended

Butterfly gardening is an increasingly popular and rewarding way to attract beautiful butterflies to your landscape and garden, and to be a direct participant in the support and conservation of our native butterfly species.

Click HERE to learn more about above event at IDLEWILD Butterfly Farm.

2nd Annual Creasey Country Fair Playground Fundraiser
Friday, May 18, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., OFFSITE in Goshen
Advance tickets are $25/person
Limited tickets at the door are $30/person

The Creasey Country Fair is a new fundraiser for the Forest Friends Playground! This adult-only event held at the Safe Harbour Arena in Goshen offers country fair-type games and activities, food trucks, adult beverages, fantastic raffle items, auction items, and much more. This event will feature an amazing five person country band, led by Nashville recording artist Matt Smith. Press button to  purchase tickets,

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Limited ticket sales at the door.

Nature Camp I 2018
Tuesday, June 12 to Friday, June 15, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register Early!! – Registration form available HERE!
Nature Camp II 2018
Tuesday, June 26 to Friday, June 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register Early!! – Registration form available HERE!

Join us for 4 days of fun!  Hiking, nature crafts, tie dye, games – every day is an adventure. Campers entering 1st grade to 6th grade will enjoy nature packed days.

6th Annual Family Fun Day
Sunday, July 15, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Rain date – July 22)
FREE, Donations encouraged

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and Louisville Family Fun are hosting this popular summertime event created especially for kids and their families! It features activities at every booth, Papa John’s Pizza, ice cream contests from Valley Dairy Freeze and face painting with Kid’s Canvas.

9th Annual Pet Day “WoofStock” & Butterfly Day
Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Rain date – August 25)
FREE, Donations encouraged

Co-hosted by the Goshen Animal Clinic – everyone with a pet is invited (on leash and bring pick-up bags, please). Pet adoptions, pet-friendly booths, and lunch treats. On the same day, visitors can learn about butterflies with expert Corinne Mastey, who will show how to catch and release live butterflies! Idlewild Butterfly Farm will have a special butterfly tent, too!

Rumble Through the JungleSaturday, September 8

Sunday, October 7, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
(Rain date – October 14)
Fantasy Kiddie Trail & Friendly Haunted House
Admission is $6/person, Children 2 and under are free
Inflatable Party Zone – $5/child, all you can play!

Co-hosted by Paul Davis Restoration, the Haunted Hike is a child-friendly event that you won’t want to miss! This event features a mile-long Fantasy Kiddie Trail with over 18 treat stations; enjoy the Harvest Hay Village, Inflatable Party Zone, a fun and kid-friendly Haunted House, Jungle Hayrides, great booths with candy, and fun activities for the entire family. This is a great event for the kids to preview their costumes!

15th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen
Saturday, December 1, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
(Rain date – December 8)
FREE, Donations encouraged

This event will put you in the holiday spirit!  There will be free food, artisans and gift booths, crafts, hayrides, marshmallow roasting by the fire, music, and Santa & Mrs. Claus with gift bags and treats.

Thank you to our wonderful annual sponsors –