The Explorer Magazine Fall 2022 - Page 10

Fall Colors Run Saturday , Oct . 22 • 8:45 a . m . McCloud Nature Park
Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and the crisp air while running the trails at McCloud Nature Park . Scenes will include forest , prairie , Big Walnut Creek , and the historic truss bridge ! After the professionally timed race , stick around for the McCloud Fall Colors Festival which includes food , archery , atlatls , hayrides , prairie maze , games , and more for the whole family ! ( See page 5 for more information .)
Fall Colors Festival Saturday , Oct . 22 • 10 a . m . to 3 p . m . McCloud Nature Park
Our fun , FREE , family-friendly festival featuring fabulous fall foliage returns to McCloud Nature Park on Saturday , Oct . 22 ! Come out to McCloud to celebrate the colorful autumn leaves at the Fall Colors Festival and explore the features and activities planned for this year ! ( See page 4 for more information .)
APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES FREE TO ATTEND NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 5 HOURS ( ON-GOING )
Painting in the Park Saturday , Nov . 12 • 3 p . m . McCloud Nature Park
Get in the festive spirit and create your own winter scene on a canvas . Relax inside the Nature Center for this special painting party . Anyone can be confident to walk away with a beautiful piece of art by following the directions of instructor Sherri Weir . All supplies are provided .
Photo by Michael Soucy
RECOMMENDED FOR TEENS AND ADULTS FEE : $ 20 / PERSON ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY NOV . 5 APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 2 HOURS
Grossology : Scat Saturday , Oct . 29 • 2 p . m . McCloud Nature Park
It starts with an “ s ” and ends with a “ t ”. It comes out of you , it comes out of me . We know what you ’ re thinking ... but it ’ s not that . We naturalists call it “ SCAT ”. We ’ ll walk a trail to look for scat and to discover what the animals been munching on . Make your own edible scat from candy just in time for Halloween . ( A non-edible option will be provided for participants with food allergies .)
Hiking terrain : easy / moderate , natural trail surface , up to 1 mile .
APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES . CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MUST ATTEND WITH A PARENT OR GUARDIAN WHO IS ABLE TO WALK THE TRAIL . FEE : $ 3 / PERSON • ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY OCT . 25 APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 1 HOUR
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Why are Chickadees in Indiana Weird ? Saturday , Nov . 19 • 10 a . m . McCloud Nature Park
Perky little chickadees in Indiana are unique in their song diversity , with over 100 song types documented in central Indiana . Many of which are more complex than the typical chickadee song . What makes these Hoosier chickadees so special ? Join Jonathan B Jenkins , a Purdue Ph . D . student , for a short indoor presentation to learn about Carolina chickadee songs and the reasons why Indiana has affected their songs . Then walk the trails to discover the best places to find chickadees at McCloud Nature Park so you can keep an eye and an ear out for these incredible birds .
Hiking terrain info : easy to moderate level of difficulty ; natural surfaces and gravel trails ; up to 1 mile .
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 8 THROUGH ADULT . CHILDREN AGES 16 AND YOUNGER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN WHO IS ABLE TO WALK THE TRAILS . FREE TO ATTEND • NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 2 HOURS