Some things are worth preserving…When you need to lose yourself in nature’s beauty, there’s nothing quite like the 383 picturesque acres of For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum. This former dairy farm was donated by Forbes and Martha Merkley to create For-Mar, which opened in 1970. Scattered throughout the grounds are meadows, ponds and plenty of trees. Hikers enjoy numerous miles of trails and our collection of gardens.
Our expansive 116 acre Arboretum is Level II Accredited by ArbNet and contains over 1800 woody specimens representing 157 species (as of 2015). Many, but not all are labeled.
Today, you can celebrate the spirit of Forbes and Martha by exploring the wetlands, fields and forests of this great park. Rich educational experiences can be had all over our grounds either independently or as part of one of our free or low cost programs taking place year round. Visit the website for a full calendar of events.
In our Visitor’s Center, get a hands-on experience with live animals and learn how flora and fauna coexist in a healthy ecosystem. Be sure to visit the free butterfly house and learn from the functioning hoop house while you’re there.
If you’re an educator, take a field trip with your school and explore Kearsley Creek as it twists through the park. Sign up for a guided walking tour with one of our naturalists today and learn how you can experience the great outdoors in a whole new way.
For-Mar is even home to Nature’s Superheroes, The Preservers. You can follow their current adventure by walking the Superhero Trail, stopping at each turtle shaped sign to read a piece of the story. Visit their Superhero Headquarters – our new barrier free treehouse built by the Treehouse Masters of Animal Planet. You might even get lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a superhero at a program or event – but remember, just like other superheroes, they only make appearances when they are needed.
Be sure to visit the website for hours, more details and a full calendar of events.