The Explorer Magazine Summer 2021 - Page 9

GUEST SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT Saturday , July 17 • 2 p . m .
McCloud Nature Park
We bring in a variety of expert guest speakers throughout the year 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 year .
SUMMER POETRY WALK Saturday , July 24-31 • 10 a . m . to 4 p . m . daily McCloud Nature Park
Explore a park abuzz with summer cheer . We ’ ve placed poems on the trail to keep you company alongside the zipping hummingbirds and lazing turtles . Will you find inspiration under the sun-soaked leaves ? If you ’ d like , pick up a poetry sheet from the Nature Center kiosk to see different types of poems – and then write one of your own !
HIKING TERRAIN INFO : EASY TO DIFFICULT , GRAVEL AND NATURAL SURFACES , SOME STEEP HILLS , UP TO 2 MILES . APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES ; CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 16 MUST ATTEND WITH A PARENT OR GUARDIAN WHO IS REGISTERED FOR THE PROGRAM AND ABLE TO HIKE THE TRAILS
FREE TO ATTEND • NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 6 HOURS ( ONGOING )
CREEK STOMP HIKE Saturday , Aug . 7 • 1:30 p . m . McCloud Nature Park
Grab your water shoes ! We ’ re hiking up the Big Walnut Creek ! It ’ s a great way to cool off and see the fish , birds , and bugs that call the creek home . No flip-flops or bare feet – we wouldn ’ t want a turtle to chomp off your toes ! Bring towels , and don ’ t forget your water bottle . All participants will be wet by the end of the hike ! ( If the creek or weather conditions are unsafe , there will be alternate activities .)
HIKING TERRAIN INFO : MODERATE TO DIFFICULT , GRAVEL AND NATURAL TRAIL SURFACES ON LAND , ROCKY BOTTOM AND AGAINST THE CURRENT IN THE CREEK , 2 MILES . RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6 THROUGH ADULT ; CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 16 MUST ATTEND WITH A PARENT OR GUARDIAN WHO IS ABLE TO HIKE IN THE CREEK . PARENTS SHOULD REMAIN WITHIN ARMS ’ REACH OF THEIR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR SAFETY .
FREE TO ATTEND • NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 2 HOURS
BUDDY BRACELETS Saturday , July 31 • 10:30 to 11:30 a . m . W . S . Gibbs Memorial Park ( see page 3 for address )
Be a part of the very first officially scheduled program at the brandnew W . S . Gibbs Memorial Park in Avon !! Settle down in the shade and make a braided bracelet out of cotton thread for yourself or for a friend ( while supplies last )! No worries if you don ’ t know how to braid – our naturalist can show you the ropes . Be sure to follow us on Facebook for pop-up programs at W . S . Gibbs Memorial Park throughout the summer !
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6 THROUGH ADULT FREE TO ATTEND • NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 1 HOUR ( ONGOING ). IT TAKES ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO BRAID A BRACELET .
NATURAL BOAT REGATTA Saturday , Aug . 14 • 1 p . m . McCloud Nature Park
Park Naturalists will lead you in building your own mini raft to sail down Big Walnut Creek . Set sail from the sand bar to the historic truss bridge over Big Walnut , where our 2021 Regatta Champion will be crowned !
APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES • FREE TO ATTEND NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED APPROXIMATE PROGRAM DURATION : 2 HOURS
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