Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hayes Regional Arboretum

Hayes Regional Arboretum
Dairy Barn Nature Center
Dairy Barn Nature Center


Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - East Central Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
East Central Edition
Hayes Regional Arboretum is located on the northeast side of Richmond, Indiana just a short distance from I-70 or US 40. The arboretum features a museum, arboretum, guest quarters, nature center, Adena and Hopewell Indian mounds, ponds, fields, and wetlands and trails for hiking. The 466-acre property contains a portion of virgin, old growth forest, one of the few such stands in Indiana. Visitors can hike, take an auto tour, watch birds or bike during a visit to the Arboretum.
Dairy Barn Nature Center
The Nature Center offers plenty to do for an afternoon's relaxation. A bird viewing room is equipped with comfortable chairs and a large window overlooking a bird feeding station. Birds of all kinds and squirrels can be seen actively feeding at the various types of bird feeders. The Nature Center is located in an old renovated dairy barn that was originally constructed in 1833.
History Tree
History Tree

History Tree
This huge sycamore tree stood in an area due to be flooded by the Brookville Reservoir. Removed before the waters covered it, scientists determined that the twenty-two foot diameter tree was well over 400 years old. Labels on the tree indicate events that occurred at different stages of the trees life.
Bird Watching Room
Bird Watching Room

Bird Watching Room
Visitors may watch an impressive variety of wildlife in climate controlled comfort of the bird watching room. Many species of birds, squirrels, chipmunks and other animals visit the feeders to feed.
Bee Hive
Bee Hive

Bee Hive
Upstairs in the Nature Center you will find an active beehive filled with honeybees. Watch them as they build wax cells and produce honey for their winter's food.
Herb Garden
Learn your herbs at the Arboretum's impressive herb garden. The plants have tags identifying them.
Nature Walks
Nature Walks

Nature Walks
Hikers will find five trails totaling three miles of hiking trails that wind through different forest habitats. There is also an auto tour, for which there is a nominal fee to use. The funds collected assist in the maintenance of the facility.
Old Growth Log
Old Growth Log

Old Growth Log
The 466-acre Hayes Arboretum contains 3% of Indiana's old growth forest. Hikers will find a huge preserved log that is a reminder of the vast forests that once covered the Hoosier State.
Museum
Visitors may also visit a small museum containing artifacts from the founder of Hayes Arboretum, Stanley Hayes.

If you purchase a membership in Hayes Regional Arboretum, you also have access to the Hayes House. This facility may be used as an overnight accommodation, site for weddings or meetings and other group functions.

Hayes Arboretum
801 Elks Country Club Rd
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 962-3745

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