ANDERSON – Nature’s not taking a break. Mounds State Park has plenty of activities scheduled all throughout the month in addition to great trails, camping, star gazing and more.
All programs are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Park entrance fees may apply. The park is located at 4306 Mounds Road. Call 649-8128 for more information.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m. Film: Cahokia Mounds, Ancient Metropolis. Head to the Visitor Center to view this fascinating 40-minute documentary to learn about the ancient Woodland and Mississippian cultures that once inhabited this area and built different styles of mounds.
2 p.m. Q&A Artifacts. Native American culture enthusiasts and artifact hounds Larry and Nancy Keller come to the Visitor Center, bringing effigy stones, arrowheads, projectile points and pipes accumulated through a lifetime of collecting. Each artifact tells a story about the people who used and created them.
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m. Knit in Nature. Join guest interpreter Kim Ousley for an afternoon of knitting and crocheting in the Visitor Center’s Wildlife Viewing Room.
3 p.m. Amusement Park Adventure. Did you know the land around the historic mounds once held a rollercoaster, boat rides, a merry-go-round and more? Join the naturalist for a moderate, hour-long hike to the former amusement grounds. Hike involves stairs. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Hibernation Hike. Have you ever wondered how the animals of Mounds State Park survive the chilly fall and winter months? Join an hour-long hike to discover cool critter adaptations. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. Pioneer Home Tour. Join the naturalist on a guided 45-minute tour of the beautifully restored Bronnenberg Home. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Leatherworking Workshop. Advance registration is required for this fun and interesting workshop offered by leatherworkers Doug and Nita Pickering. The Pickerings will teach participants the art of leatherworking; each registrant will get to take home a lovely nature-themed leather bookmark. The workshop will last one to two hours and take place at the Visitor Center. Kids under 8 years will need assistance from an adult. A $1 donation is suggested. To register, call the naturalist at (765) 649-8128.
1 p.m. Leatherworking Workshop. See 10 a.m. program description.
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. Turkey Gobbles. Make your own turkey calls for Thanksgiving and learn a thing or two about these birds. Meet at the Visitor Center. Program and craft will last 45 minutes.
Saturday, Nov. 23 Thanksgiving at the Bronnenberg Home.
1-3 p.m. Bronnenberg Open House. Stop by to celebrate Thanksgiving like the pioneers. Wander through the restored home, participate in traditional activities and play parlor games. Activities include:
1 p.m. Hot Apple Cider and Cookies. Pick up some pioneer recipes that you can try at your own Thanksgiving feast.
1:30 p.m. Kids Story Hour. Join the naturalist for a Thanksgiving story time.
2 p.m. Pioneer Thanksgiving Crafts.
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2-4 p.m. Knit in Nature. Join guest interpreter Kim Ousley for an afternoon of knitting and crocheting in the Visitor Center’s Wildlife Viewing Room.
2 p.m. Time Travelers Trek. Join the naturalist on a hike through 2,000 years of history. Learn how the Adena- Hopewell Native Americans, pioneers, and even your own ancestors used this landscape. The hour-long moderate hike involves stairs. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2 – 3 p.m. Prehistoric Turkey Hunt. Come try your hand at throwing an atl hunting tool on the Visitor Center front lawn.
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Scatology 101. Come get the facts on feces and data on dung during this fun 45-minute program at the Visitor Center. You’ll learn all about scat in the animal world. Great program for kids.