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ITHACA, N.Y. — On Saturday, June 29th, 1-4 pm, Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) welcomes summer with its annual International Mud Day, an event dedicated to getting muddy and celebrating nature.

Since International Mud Day began in 2008 in Nepal, thousands of children all over the world have celebrated their connection to the great outdoors by sliding and splashing through the mud on this special day in June. In Nepal, Mud Day commemorates the start of the rice-growing season, as rice is the grain that sustains Nepali people throughout the year. In Ithaca, the Garden celebrates the mud that provides shelter and food  to birds and insects and nutrients for the plants that grow in the Garden.

Related: Photo Gallery: Mud, madness and fun at Ithaca’s International Mud Day

ICG’s International Mud Day celebration is free, (though all donations are appreciated), open to the public, and fun for all ages. Come early and help the Ithaca Fire Department flood the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone, and stay for slipping, sliding, tossing, building, and painting. Bring a few dollars for snacks, a towel or change of clothes, and a bundle of laughter to enjoy this afternoon of summertime play.

Last year’s celebration, captured in NPR’s podcast Allegheny Front, saw visitors from all over the country, and even visitors from Canada. You don’t want to miss this year’s celebration!

Interested in volunteering at Mud Day? Email Hannah Teusch at hannah@ithacachildrensgarden.org.

ICG’s International Mud Day is made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and through our ongoing partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Visit ICG’s website to learn more about the celebration.

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