The Explorer Magazine Fall 2018 - Page 2

MAIN OFFICE 955 E. Main Street P.O. Box 463 Danville, IN 46122 Phone: (317) 718-6188 Weather Hotline: (317) 718-6111 Fax: (317) 718-6190 PARKS DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION Interim Superintendent Eric Ivie PROGRAMMING Park Naturalist Sarah Wolf Photo By Larinda Wagers Sowder MISSION STATEMENT To lead in the protection of outstanding natural, historic and recreation areas, and linkages. To practice and promote the highest conservation ethics and provide environmental education and recreation opportunities to the community. To lead in enhancing quality of life and individual health while driving economic development to ensure a sustainable future for our community. ON THE COVER Climb a tree, throw an atlatl, take a hayride, shoot a bow and arrow, and much more at the Fall Colors Festival at McCloud Nature Park on Saturday, October 20. This free family festival is always a fun time amid the brilliant fall foliage that explodes at McCloud in October! See page 5 for more details. Assistant Naturalists Joy Fulk • Joe Lembo Jordan Tremper • Carol Wickliff MAINTENANCE Park Manager Jim Holtsclaw Maintenance Assistants Ron Fox • Nathan Shaffer HENDRICKS COUNTY PARK BOARD Gary Emsweller • Matthew Freije Bill Harrington • Mike Hayden Paul Miner • Doug Moon Beth Switzer FEATURES Come out to McCloud Nature Park ahead of the Fall Colors Festival and walk or run a one-mile or 5K course during the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County’s Fall Colors Run on Oct. 20! You can also use this event as a makeup for a Summer Fun Run date! PARK BOARD MEETINGS The Hendricks County Park Board generally meets the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the main office although dates and times are subject to change (see website for scheduling updates). Meeting agendas are posted one week prior at the office and at the Hendricks County Government Center. The public is always welcome to attend Park Board meetings. HENDRICKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Bob Gentry • Phyllis Palmer Matt Whetstone McCloud Prairie Maze Our McCloud Prairie Maze returns on September 1 with a wayfinding challenge for you to chew on: a grasshopper! Be sure to leap at this opportunity to explore the maze because this insect hops away on October 31. 4 6 Let’s Go Camping! Meet Our Naturalists 14 18 We have unique opportunities for families, male scouts, and female scouts to spend the night at McCloud Nature Park during three separate overnight camping opportunities! We don’t normally allow overnight camping at our parks, so don’t miss out on this opportunity! HENDRICKS COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT Hon. Daniel F. Zielinski, Judge HENDRICKS COUNTY COUNCIL Caleb Brown • Larry Hesson Jay Puckett • Mike Rogers Eric Wathen • Brad Whicker David Wyeth Fall Colors Run Park Naturalist Sarah Wolf and her staff of naturalists work hard to bring you fun and educational programming, field trips, day camps, events, and more throughout the year. Meet some of the most recognizable people in our department. ARTICLES 3 Park Guide 5 Fall Colors Festival 7 Field Trips & Outreach 8 Family Programs 2 • 2 • 16 Junior Explorers 12 Tear-Out Event Calendar 15 Scout Sundays 17 Junior Explorers 19 Art Exhibits at McCloud Nature Center 20 Library Programs 21 Planning for Fall Tree Planting 22 Employee Promotions 23 Parks Foundation of Hendricks County