The Explorer Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 2

MAIN OFFICE 955 E. Main Street P.O. Box 463 Danville, IN 46122 Phone: (317) 718-6188 NEW! Weather Hotline: (317) 718-6111 Fax: (317) 718-6190 PARKS DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION Superintendent Jeremy Weber Assistant Superintendent Eric Ivie 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 Administrative Assistant Linda Brunner The 10th Annual Summer Fun Run Series returns to take you to parks throughout Hendricks County on Wednesday evenings. Get outdoors and take a mid- week break from the stresses of life as you walk or run a one-mile or 5K course at your leisure with family and friends! See page 14 for more details. PROGRAMMING Park Naturalist Sarah Wolf Assistant Naturalists Joe Lembo • Jordan Tremper MAINTENANCE Park Manager Jim Holtsclaw FEATURES Maintenance Assistants Ron Fox • Steve Miller • Jeff Rosemary Join us on May 5 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of McCloud Nature Park during our free family-friendly festival that features the IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science’s Mobile STEM Program and much more! HENDRICKS COUNTY PARK BOARD Gary Emsweller • Matthew Freije Bill Harrington • Mike Hayden Paul Miner • Doug Moon Beth Switzer 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 2 • 2 • 10th Annual Summer Fun Run Series It’s time to pull those running and walking shoes out of the closet, lace them up, and get ready to explore parks throughout Hendricks County during our 10th Annual Summer Fun Run Series! 11 14 McCloud Honeybee Fest Unsung Heroes: Our Maintenance Crew 19 20 BEE sure to mark Saturday, August 25 on your calendar to BUZZ on out to McCloud Nature Park for the McCloud Honeybee Fest! Grab your HONEY and the rest of the SWARM for this free family-friendly festival that celebrates pollinators! 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 McCloud 15th Anniversary! Park Manager Jim Holtsclaw and our maintenance guys – Ron Fox, Steve Miller, and Jeff Rosemary – do some amazing things for our parks and save a ton of taxpayer money in the process. Learn what these unsung heroes do behind the scenes. ARTICLES 3 Park Guide 4 Family Programs 12 Tear-out Event Calendar 15 Library Programs 16 Junior Explorers 18 Summer Nature Day Camps 19 Farmers’ Markets 21 Scouting with HCP&R 22 Family Campout 22 Yoga in the Park 23 Parks Foundation of Hendricks County