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The SWCD Conservation Tour occurs in the fall in conjunction with the Fall Foliage Festival. Every year, we try to highlight unique areas, individuals, or business, in our county that have been working hard to conserve our natural resources.  In recent years, we have taken tours of fisheries, honey farms, and local parks.  There is always and educational component, but the focus of the evening is to enjoy the natural resources around us and enjoy a small meal together. 

Tour D

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023

This year's Conservation Tour will be on Tuesday October 10, 2023 at Old Town Waverly Park, located at 8425 Main Street, Martinsville, IN 46151.  It should be noted that, while a Martinsville address, the park is located just south of Waverly. 


This beautiful park is a treat to visit if you have not done so yet! With paved and mulched walking and hiking trails, you can explore more than 30 acres of natural spaces alongside the beautiful White River. This time of year the park is decorated in a festive fall theme and is a great spot to capture a photo of your favorite little pumpkin!   Work has began to remove invasive plants from the park and plant natives in their places. There are several restored buildings that will give you the feel of what the old town of Waverly might have looked like to early settlers and many fun public events are held there.


We are honored to have Kat Kimball from Paws, Wings, and Other Things to join us that evening and introduce us to Peanut the Opossum! The organization has made it their mission to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned, injured, or sick native Indiana wildlife and return them back into their natural habitat, as well as educate the public about wildlife and promote their conservation. 

Ray Major is a well renowned tree planting expert! We are pleased that he has agreed to join us for the evening and share knowledge with us on locating, gathering, storing, and preparing tree seed for direct seeding. Using some of Ray's knowledge, we will take a hike and plant some tree seeds in the areas cleared of invasive plants at a recent Weed Wrangle! 


The evenings events will be outdoors, weather permitting, and will begin at 5 pm. Should we have rain in the forecast, we will notify you of changes made to the tour. 

4:45 to 5 p.m.

Sign- In and Registration

at the Old Waverly Bank Building

5:00 p.m.

Presentation by Paws, Wings, and Other Things

Featuring Kat Kimball and Peanut the Opossum

5:30 p.m.

Dinner and Tree from Seeds Presentation with Ray Major 

(This will be outdoors if weather permits)

Please let us know in the RSVP if you have any dietary restrictions! 


7:00 p.m.

Tree Identification Hike around Old Town Waverly Park and Plant Tree Seeds!

This trail is not paved and may have uneven ground.

Please wear closed toe shoes and long pants as we will be hiking in wooded areas.


Morgan County 

Soil & Water 

Conservation District

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