Local State Parks Hosting Programs

Turkey Run State Park will be hosting “Wildflowers with Jean,” Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m. Local wildflower enthusiast Jean will provide a presentation in the Nature Center about spring wildflowers. Afterwards, she will take everyone outside in search of what’s blooming. Meet at the Nature Center. Registration is required: jeanwildflowers.eventbrite.com. Turkey Run State Park is located at 8121 E. Park Road, Marshall, IN 47859.

Turkey Run State Park will also be hosting Introduction to Nature Journaling with Tracy, Saturday, April 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Take some time out, slow down, and connect with nature while creating your own unique nature journal. No prior experience needed. Nature journaling is the practice of drawing or writing in response to nature. During this workshop you will be introduced to forest bathing, nature journaling, and how to use these relaxing tools for learning, noticing more in nature, and feeling more connected to the natural world. By paying closer attention to the natural world and recording observations we can:
-increase attention to detail and appreciation of beauty
-sharpen awareness
-deepen knowledge of and relationship with nature
-record interesting geological features, flowers, plants, critters, or other details for future reference
-capture moments and memories which would otherwise be forgotten
-cultivate curiosity and sense of wonder
– calm the mind

Materials needed:
A sketchbook or paper, writing utensils of your choice (pen/pencil/colored pencils), and your curiosity. Meet at Lieber Cabin/Sunset Point (located directly behind the Inn on Trail 6). We are meeting here to get inspiration from the golden hour of light and there is no better location than Sunset Point. Registration is required: journalingtr.eventbrite.com.

Turkey Run State Park also has planned a “Spring Wildflower Walk,” Sunday, April 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. Spring wildflowers are small and small groups are needed to view them. Spring ephemeral wild flowers are here, but not for long. Many of these wildflowers only bloom for a short period of time. Join a park Naturalist for a stroll towards the suspension bridge to see what is blooming. Stroll will include the 70 steps. Meet at the Nature Center. Registration is required: springwildflowerstr.eventbrite.com.

Raccoon State Recreation Area will be hosting a Pop-Up Nature Center, Saturday April 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find the naturalist near Chapel Shelter by the campground and learn all about the plants, animals and history that make Raccoon SRA such an interesting place. Pick up a scavenger hunt too while you’re there. No registration required. Raccoon State Recreation Area is located at 1588 S. Raccoon Parkway, Rockville, IN 47872.

Raccoon State Recreation Area is also hosting a Spring Wildflower Hunt, Saturday, April 17; at 2 p.m. Join us at Bluebird Shelter near the park entrance for this 45 minute easy hike along trail 5. This area blooms to life in April with the colors of yellow trout lilies, trillium, cut-leaved toothwort and more. No registration required.