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.