The Explorer Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 9

BALD EAGLES Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m. McCloud Nature Park These majestic birds have recovered from their endangered status, and it is much more common to spot bald eagles now. With any luck, we’ll see our national bird flying along Big Walnut Creek! Be sure to bring your camera and a water bottle, and wear comfortable hiking shoes as we learn all about these regal creatures who double as our national symbol. Hiking Terrain Info: Easy to Moderate Difficulty, Grass and Gravel Surfaces, Up to 2 Miles Appropriate for all ages• Free to Attend • Registration is not required Approximate program duration: 2 hours ASTRONOMY Saturday, July 21, 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 that we provide, or bring your own. Photo by Deb Stukenborg THIRD THURSDAY THEMES Thursday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. Danville-Center Township Public Library Hendricks County Parks & Recreation and the Danville Public Library are teaming up for a new evening book discussion group. This is a monthly discussion, with every third month’s interactive discussion led by Park Naturalists. Come for an immersive experience with props and hands-on discussion! Light refreshments will be provided. At this July meeting, the group will be discussing The Tracker by Tom Brown, Jr. Appropriate for all ages• Free to Attend • Registration is not required Approximate program duration: 2 hours CHRISTMAS IN JULY “SNOWBALL” FIGHT Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m. McCloud Nature Park Are you longing for cooler temperatures? Take a break from the warm summer weather by participating in a “snowball” fight in July! Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet, and bring swimming goggles if you have them. Appropriate for all ages• Free to Attend Registration is not required Approximate program duration: 1 hour Advance Registration Required By Calling The Library at (317) 745-2604 Recommended for Adults • Free to attend Approximate program duration: 1 hour GUEST SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT Saturday, July 21, 2 p.m. McCloud Nature Park iNATURALIST CITIZEN SCIENCE New this summer! We are bringing in Sodalis Nature Park a variety of expert guest speakers to discuss various nature-related topics! Mark the dates on your calendar and then keep an eye on HendricksCountyParks.org and our Facebook page as the dates approach to learn which guest speakers and what topics will be featured each month throughout the summer. Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m. What are your favorite plants and animals that you’ve spotted at Sodalis Nature Park? We want to know what you’re seeing! Show us what kind of plants and animals you’re encountering by taking pictures and uploading them to a citizen science database such as iNaturalist. Join Park Naturalists to learn how to submit your observations from your phone or computer and hike with us to take some pictures to better catalog the species found here. Recommended: Prior to the program, install the free iNaturalist app on your phone or tablet, and set up your iNaturalist account. Hiking Terrain Info: Easy to Moderate Difficulty, Gravel and Natural Surfaces, Up to 2 Miles Recommended Ages: 6+ • Free to attend • Registration is not required Approximate program duration: 2 hours Summer 2018 • 9