The Explorer Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 7

DIGITAL SCAVENGER HUNT AND CONTEST Saturday , June 23 Locations: McCloud Nature Park, Sodalis Nature Park, and the Vandalia Trail between Amo and Hendricks/Putnam County Line Showcase Hendricks County Parks by pointing out what you most enjoy about these parks! Using your phone or digital camera, snap pictures of items listed on our scavenger hunt list. Upload these pictures to the Hendricks County Parks & Recreation Facebook page, and the photos with the most “likes” will win prizes! Visit HendricksCountyParks.org or our Facebook page for official rules. Do you have what it takes to be a bat biologist? Come out to the park that’s named for the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and practice monitoring bats with the same equipment used by Indiana State University scientists! This interactive presentation is a “must” for animal lovers! Appropriate for all ages • Free to Attend No Registration Required Appropriate for all ages • Free to Attend • No Registration Required Approximate program duration: 1-2 hours BE A BAT BIOLOGIST FOR THE DAY! Saturday, June 30, 1 p.m. Sodalis Nature Park CREEK CRITTERS AND BUGS SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNSET SAUNTER Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m. McCloud Nature Park Celebrate one of the longest days of the year and enjoy the late sunset on this hike! Learn a bit about what makes this a long day, and discover what insects and wildlife are up to as the sun sets. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, and bring a water bottle. Hiking Terrain Info: Easy to Moderate Difficulty, Natural Surfaces, Up to 2 Miles (Not Conducive to Strollers) Recommended Ages: 6+• Free to Attend • No Registration Required Approximate program duration: 2 hours BAMBOO WIND CHIMES Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m. McCloud Nature Park Create your own natural wind chime while learning about wind and what causes the wind to blow! What will your whimsical wind chime look like? Recommended Ages: 6+ Advance Registration Required by June 22 Fee: $3/project (up to 2 people per project) Approximate program duration: 1 hour Saturday, June 30, 1 p.m. McCloud Nature Park Step into the natural habitat of our local aquatic creatures! Together we will capture water insects to see how healthy Big Walnut Creek’s ecosystem is. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes in the creek to protect your feet. A towel and extra shoes and socks are also recommended, and don’t forget your water bottle! (If the creek or weather conditions are unsafe, there will be alternative activities.) Appropriate for all ages • Free to Attend • No Registration Required Approximate program duration: 2 hours NATURE’S FLORAL FIREWORKS Sunday, July 1, 2 p.m. McCloud Nature Park Mother Nature is bursting with color in the summer and putting on a vibrant display just in time for the 4th of July! Learn to identify some of our native wildflowers and discover which ones will complement your landscaping! Hiking Terrain Info: Easy to Moderate Difficulty, Natural and Gravel Surfaces, Up to 2 Miles Recommended Ages: 6+ Free to Attend • No Registration Required Approximate program duration: 2 hours Summer 2018 • 7