ANDERSON, Ind. — Some of the animals may be hibernating or out of town this time of year, but Mounds State Park is still hopping with activities. The park has events lined up to keep people tuned into nature, while having fun and learning. Check out the movies, crafts and their first-ever Victorian Valentine Party in the schedule below. There’s also a Tiny Tikes Winter Day Camp being offered for pre-schoolers.
The Nature Center remains open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. It’s a great spot to check out all the birds keeping the feeders busy there. Flickers and the pileated and hairy woodpeckers have been spotted there lately.
All events are free except where noted. For more information contact Mounds State Park at 649-8128. The park is located at 4306 Mounds Road.
Saturday, 1 p.m. -- Walking Staff Workshop. Advance registration is required for this workshop during which participants can carve, paint or decorate a walking stick. Pre-cut and pre-peeled sticks will be provided as well as decorative materials. The $10 fee includes quality supplies and refreshments. Space is limited. Register by today by calling 649-8128.
Sunday, 1 p.m. -- Cocoa and a Movie. The next episode in the series of “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” will be presented. “Episode Two: The Last Refuge” is a 131-minute documentary with more stunning images of our country’s protected places. Cocoa is provided, candy will be available for purchase. Meet at the Nature Center.
2 p.m. Knit in Nature. Join guest interpreter Kim Ousley until 4 p.m. for knitting and crocheting in the Visitor Center’s tranquil Wildlife Viewing Room. Participants may even learn to identify a bird or two while they knit.
Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 11 - 13. -- Tiny Tikes Winter Day Camp. Exploratory sessions each morning for kids up to age five. Cost is $15. Call 765-649-8128 for more information and to register.
Saturday, Feb. 15, 12 p.m. -- Victorian Valentine Party. Call to reserve a spot at the Bronnenberg Home’s table for a Valentine’s Day tea and card-making party. While crafting, park naturalists will share stories about how the pioneer family may have celebrated Valentine’s Day. Participants will have the opportunity to make cards from fabric, ribbon and lace. All supplies are provided. A freewill donation is requested. Several sessions will be offered throughout the afternoon. Seating is limited to six participants per 45-minute session. Call 765-649-8128 by Wed., Feb. 12, to register.
Sunday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. -- Cocoa and a Movie. The next episode of “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” will be presented. Head to the Nature Center, get your free cocoa, and get comfortable to watch the 114-minute documentary “Episode Three: The Empire of Grandeur.” Candy will be available for purchase.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. -- Grapevine Wreath Workshop. Advance registration is required for this workshop during which participants will create a beautiful and rustic wreath from natural materials. Grapevine will be provided as well as quality decorative elements. A $10 fee applies, which includes all supplies and refreshments. Space is limited. Call 649-8128 to register by Wed. Feb. 19.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. -- Cocoa and a Movie. Meet at the Nature Center for the next episode in “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Enjoy free cocoa while watching the 117-minute documentary “Episode Four: Going Home.” Candy will be available for purchase.
2 p.m. -- Knit in Nature. Join guest interpreter Kim Ousley until 4 p.m. for knitting and crocheting in the Visitor Center Wildlife Viewing Room.