VALPARAISO | Taltree Arboretum & Gardens welcomes children in kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in this year’s Trail of Scarecrows contest.
Student groups read a story, create a scarecrow based on a story character, then write an essay about how their scarecrow represents the chosen story character.
“This is a great way for children to learn team-building skills and to bring their chosen story to life,” said Alexis R. Faust, president and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “For the entire month of October, the entries will dot the arboretum to create a trail of scarecrows, which will become part of a much bigger fall festival celebration.”
Taltree guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite scarecrows throughout October. First-, second- and third-place prizes for the most popular will be awarded Nov. 2. All contest participants and up to four guests per participant will receive free day-of admission into the arboretum for the awards ceremony and to explore the arboretum.
Prize winners will receive a free Taltree-guided hike and a monetary reward toward the purchase of school supplies. First place will receive $150; second place will receive $100; and third place will receive $75.
The Trail of Scarecrows contest is open to school groups, community groups, home-school groups and families. The program meets Indiana K-5 English/language arts standards. The program runs from the end of September through early November.
Entry is free. All entries must be received by Sept. 23. Register online at TaltreeTeachers.org
Taltree is at 450 W. County Road 100 North. Call (219) 462-0025.