Popular Fall Events Returning to The Wilderness Center

The Wilderness Center (TWC) is pleased to announce the return of two annual events this fall and much of its regular programming.  After a hiatus in 2020, TWC has reformulated the way some of its events are held to make them safer while still being fun for the community. 

Nature FestFirst, on Sunday, September 12, 11am-4pm, TWC is bringing back its Nature Fest Art Show into the outdoor Nature Fest Artists’ Market featuring local artists selling their work, educational programs and activities, and a fun, outdoor festival to celebrate the beauty of our wilderness.  “TWC has a long history of supporting and promoting local artists, craftspeople, and photographers.  The art show was always about offering them an opportunity to support their passions,” says Development Coordinator, Tiffany Leeper.  This event used to be held indoors in November but was moved outdoors and rescheduled for September.  Local musicians will play throughout the event, food vendors will be on site, and visitors can shop from over 20 local artists and craftspeople.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Enchanted ForestFor two nights each October, the trails surrounding The Wilderness Center are filled with the laughter and excitement of families discovering the nocturnal creatures of the Enchanted Forest, and TWC is pleased to bring that excitement back in 2021.

This year at the Enchanted Forest, Slug, Bat, Salamander, Opossum, Spider, and Coyote will display their animal super powers. As guests  are escorted along the pumpkin-lit trails by volunteer ‘fireflies,’ these friendly animals will sing songs, tell jokes and share stories of their impressive animal adaptations. Following this 45-minute walk, families can enjoy refreshments.

Children and adults are welcome to wear non-scary costumes. This year, TWC will offer evening times on Friday, October 8 and evening and afternoon times on Saturday, October 9. Tickets will be available for purchase online to TWC members starting September 8th and to the general public on September 15th.


  1. Carol Connelly on October 7, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Greatly missing creating my Pumpkin Village this year – a broken arm and a breakthrough Covid illness has put a damper on many things this year.
    I wish all volunteers a HAPPY ENCHANTED FOREST 2021! I miss everyone and know that this year will be a success, as always!
    The Enchanted Forest is a wonderfilled gift to the community!

  2. Pat Tirabasso on October 17, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Carol, I’m just another volunteer, but I have to tell you, your pumpkin Village is always a highlight of my time there at Enchanted Village, and I miss it when it’s not there!

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