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2017 Saturday Programs

January 14  10:30 am: Our Colorful World
Animals come in all sorts of beautiful colors.  Learn about the many ways animals use their colors to survive and make a bunny craft to take home. Registration prior to event required.  $2 craft fee

January 21  10:00 am: Birding with the Wabash Valley Audubon Society: Bird Netting
Join a member of the Wabash Valley Audubon Society as she watches her nets for birds in the wildlife viewing area.  When a bird is caught, you will be able to get a closer look before it is gently released.  Free

February 11  10:30 am: Snakes of Indiana

There are many snakes you can find here at the park or even in your own backyard.  Learn their names and what to do if you see one.  You'll even get to paint a wiggly wooden snake of your very own.  Registration prior to event required.  $2 craft fee

February 18  10:30 am: Birding with the WVAS: The Bald Eagle 

The bald eagle has been doing very well in Indiana since its reintroduction.  Learn what happened to the eagles that used to be here and what was done to bring them back.  Make a flying eagle to impress your friends.  $1.00 craft fee

March 11  10:30 am: Amphibians: Frogs and Salamanders

Amphibians are threatened by several fungi and diseases in the United States right now.  Learn about the amphibians you might find in your own yard and how to help protect them.  You will be able to paint your own frog bobble head at the end of the program.  Registration prior to the event required.  $3.00 craft fee

April 8 10:30 am: Walk Through the Wildflowers
Weather permitting, we'll walk through the park and learn to identify spring flowers.  Paint a colorful ceramic flower for a souvenir.  Registration prior to the event required.  $1.50 craft fee

April 22  11:00 am-3:00 pmā€”Earth Day Celebration at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at St. Mary of the Woods
Free fun-filled day for the whole family!

May 20  10:30 am:  Spineless Creatures

Learn how to search for nd identify some of the common aquatic macroinvertebrates, or visible water insects, here in Indiana.  You'll get to make your own snail to take home. Registration prior to the event is required.  $1 craft fee

June 10  9:00 am-11:00 am: 35th Annual Kids' Fishing Rodeo

Our popular annual event returns! Fun for kids ages 2-15!  Registration prior to event is suggested.  Registration the day of the event is from 8:00 am-10:00 am.  Stringers are not allowed, so please bring a bucket.  Free

July 8  10:30 am: Silence of the Bees

Joe Butcher of the Wabash Valley Bee Club will be here to answer your questions after the presentation of the NATURE documentary, Silence of the Bees.  Learn why we should be concerned about the declining numbers of honey bees in our area. Registration prior to event is required.  $2.00 craft fee

August 12 1:00 pm: Afternoon with the Butterflies

This year we learn how to draw butterflies to our own backyards.  We'll talk about what we can all do to help the monarch butterfly.  This species is declining and there are things we can do right in our own yards to help them.  Make a stepping stone feeder for your property.  Registration prior to event is required.  $8.00 craft fee

September 9  9:00 am-1:00 pm: Clay County Nature Day

Enjoy a fun and educational morning at the Clay County Fairgrounds.  The many activities include a live birds of prey demo, a creek stomp, nature crafts, and games.  Free

September 16  10:00 am-4:00 pm: 11th Annual Indiana Bat Festival

10:00 am- 4:00 pm at ISU Science Building; 6:00 pm-10:00 pm at Dobbs Park

Participate in our Bat Art Contest for all ages.  There will be bat talks, live bats, crafts, activities, and things to buy during this event for the whole family.  For more information, call the Nature Center or the ISU Bat Center at 812-237-2383 or visit  Free

September 30  9:00 am: Birding with the WVAS: Feed the Birds

Help the Nature Center staff put out the feeders and seed for the hungry birds.  Then come inside and watch who comes to dine.  Get some ideas on what to do in your yard to make it more inviting for our winter birds.  Registration prior to event is required.  FREE

October 21 10:30 am: Trees and Leaves

The leaves are putting on a show and will soon be gone.  Learn how to identify some of the trees in the park and make a leaf print totes from real leaves for your belongings. Registration prior to event required.  $2.00 craft fee

November 18  10:30 am: River Otters

River otters have made a comeback in certain parts of Indiana, including Vigo County.  We'll discuss them and take home a book full of activities to do at home.  Registration prior to event is required.  $1 craft fee

December 9  10:30 am: Animals in Winter

Animals have been preparing for winter all year.  Find out what are up to now.  Registration prior to event required.  FREE 

December 27-January 6, 2018  10:00 am-4:00 pm: Craft Time Open House

Stop by the Nature Center and make a craft or two.  Several crafts will be available to choose from.  All materials supplied.  Cost ranges from $1 to $8 per item.




October 15  9:00 am-12:00 pm: TREES INC. Invasive Species Removal Day (see 1/16 for details)

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