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2018 Saturday Programs

January 13  10:30 am: Winter Owls
Learn about the secret life of the owl and make a snowy owl to decorate your home for winter.  Registration prior to event required.  $2 craft fee

January 20  10:00 am: Birding with the Wabash Valley Audubon Society (WVAS):  Junior Birder Patch Program
Learn to be a better birder and earn a patch after participating in this three hour program.  Registration prior to event required.  Ages 7 and up.  Free

January 27  10:00 am-12:00 pm:  Birding with the WVAS: Bird Netting

A member of the WVAS will watch the nets in our viewing area.  The birds that fly into them will be brought into the building for you to see before they are gently released into the wild.  Free

Project Feeder Watch:  Fridays and Saturdays from 3:30-4:00 pm:

Become a citizen scientist by helping the staff identify and count the birds in our viewing area.  You do not have to be present at every count to participate.  The data will be sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  We'll help you learn how to monitor your own bird feeders as well.  Free

February 10  10:30 am: Hellbenders and Other Salamanders

Veronica Yager of Purdue University will talk about her work with the hellbender, an endangered Indiana salamander.  Paint a wiggly salamander to take home with you.  Registration prior to event required.  $2 craft fee

February 17  10:00 am: Birding with the WVAS: Bird Netting (see January 27 for details)

Project Feeder Watch: (see January entry for details)

March 10  10:30 am: Turtles with Wabashiki Turtle Research and Rescue 

Meet the people who rescue the turtles at the West Terre Haute grade and learn how you can help care for the turtles of our area.  Registration prior to the event required.  $1.00 craft fee

March 17:  10:00 am: Birding with the WVAS: Bird Netting (see January 27 for details)

Project Feeder Watch: (see January entry for details)

April 14 10:30 am: Walk Through the Wildflowers
Weather permitting, we'll walk through the park and learn to identify spring flowers.  Paint a flower pot and plant some milkweed seeds.  Registration prior to event required.  $2.00 craft fee

April 28  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 12  10:30 am:  Wetlands: More than Muck and Mosquitoes

Take a hike to our wetlands and discover their importance.  We'll use nets and buckets to see what creatures live there.  Make a dragonfly craft. Registration prior to event required.  $2 craft fee

May 19: Family Learn to Fish Workshop

If you'd like to bring your family to the fishing rodeo but don't know how to fish, we'll help you to learn.  Sign up for this 3 hour workshop.  Registration prior to the even is required, as space is limited.  Ages 5-15  Free

June 9  9:00 am-11:00 am: 37th 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

June 30:  4th Annual Creepy Crawly Fest at Hawthorn Park

Celebrate frogs, lizards, snakes, spiders, and insects with live animals and crafts.  $5.00 per car

July 14  10:30 am: The Sun

Make a sundial as you learn about our most important star. Registration prior to event is required.

$9.00 craft fee

July 28  10:30 am: Water Quality Begins in Your Backyard

John Allen will talk how you can do to prevent poor water quality.  Registration prior to event required.  Free

August 11 1:00 pm: Afternoon with the Butterflies

We'll learn how to draw butterflies to our own backyards, as well as what we can all do to help the monarch butterfly.  Make a butterfly treasure box for your valuables.  Registration prior to event is required.  $1.00 craft fee

August 25 10:00 10:00 am: Honey Super Removal Demonstration

Local beekeeper Perry Riley will teach us how to remove a honey super as we watch from the safety of the Nature Center.  He will have his book, Raising Honey Bees Without Chemicals  for purchase Book price: $16.95.  Registration prior to event required.  Free

September 8  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 15  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

October 13 10:30 am: Halloween Creatures: Not So Scary

Discover just how interesting and vital bats, owls, vultures, crows, rats, snakes, and frogs are to our eco-system.  Registration prior to event required.  $1.50 craft fee

November 10  10:30 am: Constellations: Stories in the Sky!

How do you identify the constellations and what are the stories behind them?  Make a constellation board to use outside.  Registration prior to event required.  $1 craft fee

November 17  10:00 am: Birding withe WVAS: Junior Birder Patch Program (see January entry for details)

December 1  10:30 am: Birding with WVAS: Bird Netting (see January entry for details)

December 8 10:30 am: Indiana Wildlife BINGO Trivia:

Win a prize by using your knowledge about Indiana wildlife.  Registration prior to event required.  $1.00 craft fee 

December 18-January 5, 2019  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 varies.




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

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