The Explorer Magazine Fall 2022 - Page 11

Outdoor Skills : Environmental Science Saturday , Nov . 19 • 1 p . m . McCloud Nature Park
Make observations and perform experiments to learn about our impact on the environment and how we can protect our valuable natural resources . Join our Park Naturalists , who are certified BSA merit badge counselors , in discovering environmental science and how all plants , animals , and non-living things are connected ! All participants will receive a special
Hendricks County Parks Nature Challenge badge ! With prerequisites completed and submitted in advance , BSA participants will be able to complete their Environmental Science merit badge . Contact the naturalists at mccloudnp @ hcparks . net for information on completing the merit badge .
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 13 THROUGH ADULTS FEE : $ 10 / PERSON ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY NOV . 12 APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 3 HOURS
Photo by Jocelyn Anderson
Jamestown Area Christmas Bird Count Saturday , Dec . 17 • 8:30 a . m .
McCloud Nature Park
Add to a century of citizen science data by participating in the Jamestown area bird count ! With experienced birder Roger Hedge and others , you will count all birds heard and seen . This data will be compiled by the Audubon Society and will be used by scientists to measure bird populations . Birders of all levels are welcome to participate .
Dress for the weather , wear comfortable shoes or boots , bring water , snacks , and binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them . Heated restrooms are available at the McCloud Nature Center .
Count birds at McCloud Nature Park for several hours in the morning and then continue to cover the rest of the Jamestown area if you wish .
Contact Roger Hedge at 317-473-3222 ( cell ) or rogerlhedge @ gmail . com for more information .
Winter Solstice Celebration Saturday , Dec . 17 • 3 p . m . McCloud Nature Park
We are coming up on the Winter Solstice , the shortest day of the year ! Learn about the science behind the name and some traditions around the world to celebrate the shortest day . Enjoy nature activities for a personal appreciation and make a small lantern to take home .
APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES . CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN . FEE : $ 5 / LANTERN PROJECT ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY DEC . 13 APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 1 HOUR
Winter Wreath Workshops Saturday , Dec . 3 • 11:30 a . m ., 1 p . m ., 2:30 p . m . McCloud Nature Park
Make holiday memories while creating a wreath to adorn your home or to give as a gift . We will start with wild grapevine and fresh evergreens to assemble the wreath , and then decorate with ribbon and ornaments that we supply ( or bring your own ). This program is a favorite for individuals and families , so register early !
IN THE EVENT OF DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS ON DEC . 3 , WE ’ LL RESCHEDULE FOR DEC . 10 . RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6 THROUGH ADULT FEE : $ 15 / WREATH ( UP TO 2 PEOPLE PER WREATH ) ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY NOV . 29 APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 1 HOUR
Family Countdown to 2023 Saturday , Dec . 31 • 11 a . m . W . S . Gibbs Memorial Park , meet at Firefly shelter
Do you have kids who want to ring in the new year but you know they won ’ t be able to keep those eyelids open no matter how hard they try ? Or are you looking for a family-safe celebration ? Maybe you can ’ t stay awake past 8 p . m . ( you know who you are !) Bring your family to Gibbs for an early countdown to 2023 ! We will play party games , have a treat , and make some noise at noon . Meet in the central parking lot .
APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES . CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN WHO IS REGISTERED FOR THE PROGRAM . FEE : $ 3 / PERSON • ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY DEC . 27 APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 1.5 HOURS
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