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ITHACA, NY — Saturday, June 30th, from 1-4 PM Ithaca Children’s Garden will hold their annual International Mud Day. This celebration welcomes summer with a day of play in the Garden’s award-winning Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone. Bring the entire family and prepare to get muddy!

Since International Mud Day began in 2008 in Nepal, thousands of children all over the world have celebrated nature and the great outdoors by sliding and splashing through the mud during this special day in June. In Nepal, Mud Day commemorates the start of the rice-growing season, the grain that sustains Nepali people throughout the year. In Ithaca, the Garden celebrates the mud that is home to birds and insects and provides nutrients for all the vegetation that germinate there. Ithaca Children’s Garden is a public garden that provides programs to inspire environmental stewardship for children of all ages.

Each year, International Mud Day brings the greater Tompkins County community together to have a muddy good time. International Mud Day is made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and through their ongoing partnership with US Fish & Wildlife Service. The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 or $15 per family. There will also be refreshing snacks and water for purchase. Check out this promotional video for International Mud Day 2018, with footage courtesy of The Ithaca Voice.

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