ANDERSON — It’s a land filled with creatures, water and trees, and its history and secrets are unknown to many in Anderson.
But Mounds State Park is a Madison County staple, and park employees are trying to get more people to realize that.
Interpretive naturalist Jessica Rosier said for the first time, the park is offering daily programming.
“We see a need for it,” she said. “…As great as the Nature Center is, (people) may get a little bored looking at it every day. We wanted to give them something different, teach them about the park (and) get them excited about exploring.”
Some people are aware of Mounds Park’s Nature Center, pool, camp ground and other attractions, but Rosier said the activities are less known.
The park is offering programs at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, including feeding birds, crafts and critter feeding time at the Nature Center. On Fridays, the park offers a group hike at 11 a.m., and naturalists roam the campground to greet people, show off some of the park’s animals and answer questions at 7 p.m.
The historic Bronnenberg home is open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and the park also holds special weekend programs.
Johnny Nevada & the Rockets is returning to the park for a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Rosier said the band will play a variety of music, and there will be animals and activities so kids will be entertained during the performance. Last year, more than 400 people attended the concert.
Today, Mounds Park is holding a program at the Nature Center about the park’s turtles, and it will include a craft to take home.
Mounds Park held a day camp for children ages 5 to 7 Monday through Thursday, and it has two more day camps scheduled for July.