The Explorer Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 6

GUEST SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT Saturday, June 16, 2 p.m. McCloud Nature Park PLEIN AIR PAINTING Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. McCloud Nature Park Want to relax in nature and get in touch with your artistic side? Come paint Plein Air (“Open Air”) canvas paintings with us in the park. Instructor-led painting sessions from The Purple Palette will take place this summer at Hendricks County Parks. Walk to unique locations in our parks, to focus your painting on our beautiful landscapes and historic structures. All experience levels welcome. All supplies and guidance will be provided. This program is outdoors so dress accordingly. Bring water and a snack, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Hiking Terrain Info: Easy to Moderate Difficulty, Gravel and Natural Suraces, Up to 0.5 Miles Recommended Ages: 6+ •Advance Registration Required by June 7 Fee: $30/person • Approximate program duration: 2 hours New this summer! We are bringing in a variety of expert guest speakers to discuss various nature-related topics! Mark the dates on your calendar and then keep an eye on and our Facebook page as the dates approach to learn which guest speakers and what topics will be featured each month throughout the summer. ASTRONOMY Saturday, June 16, 9 p.m. McCloud Nature Park Beyond the realm of our solar system are some of the most spectacular objects you’ll ever see! Learn to identify and observe them in the deep night sky above McCloud Nature Park! The Indiana Astronomical society will present a brief informational session, rain or shine, describing the celestial objects to be observed, followed by outdoor stargazing under clear skies only. Learn to use the powerful telescopes provided to share, or bring your own. Appropriate for all ages • Free to Attend No Registration Required Approximate program duration: 2 hours STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER Saturday, June 16, overnight NATURE PLAY WEEK KICKOFF Saturday June 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sodalis Nature Park Is your child spending a little too much time in front of a screen? Let nature be their playground today at the Indiana Children and Nature Network Nature Play Week Kickoff! Meet Park Naturalists for some hands-on nature games and activities in the picnic area, and letterboxing along the trails. Look for other Nature Play Days near you on Hiking Terrain Info for Letterboxing: Easy to Moderate Difficulty, Natural Suraces, Up to 2 Miles (Letterboxing Ends at 2 p.m.) Appropriate for all ages • Free to Attend • No Registration Required Approximate program duration: 4 hours (ongoing) STORY WALK McCloud Nature Park If your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal had an overnight slumber party at the McCloud Nature Center, what stories would they tell you about their adventures? Kids of all ages are invited to bring their stuffed animal to the Nature Center, where the overnight fun will begin at 4 p.m. while the kids are home in bed. The shenanigans, escapades, and all of the excitement will be caught on camera and posted to the Hendricks County Parks & Recreation Facebook page. You’ll be amazed at the fun they’ll have! Drop your stuffed animal off at the McCl