The Explorer Magazine Winter/Spring 2022 - Page 2

HENDRICKS COUNTY
PARKS & RECREATION
MAIN OFFICE 955 E . Main Street P . O . Box 463 Danville , IN 46122 Phone : ( 317 ) 718-6188 Weather Hotline : ( 317 ) 718-6111 hcparks @ hcparks . net www . HendricksCountyParks . org
PARKS DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION Superintendent Ryan Lemley rlemley @ co . hendricks . in . us
Assistant Superintendent Eric Ivie eivie @ co . hendricks . in . us
Administrative Assistant Patty Seymour hcparks @ hcparks . net
PROGRAMMING Park Naturalist Sarah Wolf swolf @ hcparks . net
Assistant Naturalists Joy Fulk • Joe Lembo
MAINTENANCE Park Manager Jim Holtsclaw jholtsclaw @ hcparks . net
Maintenance Assistants Oather Duncan III • Caleb Hawkins Jason Kittle • Bruce Schauer Kurt Steuer
HENDRICKS COUNTY PARK BOARD Bill DuMond • Brad Eisenhart Gary Emsweller • Matthew Freije Mike Hayden • Paul Miner • Jeff Pell
PARK BOARD MEETINGS The Hendricks County Park Board generally meets the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p . m . in the main office although dates and times are subject to change ( see website for scheduling updates ). Meeting agendas are posted one week prior at the office and at the Hendricks County Government Center . The public is always welcome to attend Park Board meetings .
HENDRICKS COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT Hon . Daniel F . Zielinski , Judge
HENDRICKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Dennis Dawes • Bob Gentry Phyllis Palmer
HENDRICKS COUNTY COUNCIL David Cox • Kendall Hendricks Larry Hesson • Larry Scott Eric Wathen • Brad Whicker David Wyeth

MISSION STATEMENT

To lead in the protection of outstanding natural , historic and recreation areas , and linkages . To practice and promote the highest conservation ethics and provide environmental education and recreation opportunities to the community . To lead in enhancing quality of life and individual health while driving economic development to ensure a sustainable future for our community .
FEATURES
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3 Park Guide 6 Family Programs 12 Tear-Out Event Calendar 14 Animal Tales
ON THE COVER
The white-breasted nuthatch is one of many bird species that spend the winter and spring in Indiana . These small birds are blue-grey on their backs with a bright white face and undersides , sporting a black or grey cap and neck . They often stand sideways or upside down on trees as they probe for insects in the crevasses of the bark with their straight , pointed bills . Photo by Matt MacGillivray
Maple Syrup Days
Maple Syrup Days at McCloud Nature return on March 5 and 12 ! Join us for a fun and educational outdoor experience where you ’ ll learn about sugar maple sap , how syrup was made in the past , and how it ’ s made today !
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Build a Birdhouse
Would you like to attract bluebirds in the spring ? Our Park Manager , Jim Holtsclaw , has plans for a one-board birdhouse that makes a great winter project that will pay dividends when the weather warms up .
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15 Junior Explorers 18 Homeschool Ecology Series 19 Summer Day Camps 20 Tadpole Time
Pancake Breakfast
The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County ’ s Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is back for 2022 ! After you enjoy Maple Syrup Days , warm up inside the Nature Center and fill your belly with pancakes , sausage , and more !
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Gardening , Forest Style
Our Park Naturalist , Sarah Wolf , has some suggestions on how to establish and maintain your garden in the same way that plants grow in the forest .
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22 ACORN 23 Volunteer Spotlight
2 www . HendricksCountyParks . . org