The Herald Bulletin

October 6, 2013

October events at Mounds State Park

The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

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In addition to the events listed below, the historic Bronnenberg House is open for tours every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. — Friends of Mounds monthly meeting. Get involved. Refreshments provided. Meet at the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.

Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13 — Tree ID Days. See related article.Friday, October 18, Fall Funfest.

7 to 9 p.m. — Cocoa and Cookies Sale at the Visitor Center’s front lawn

7 to 8:30 p.m. — Starting at 7 p.m., and leaving each half hour through 8:30 p.m., join the naturalist for a “not-so-scary” Night Hike, a family-friendly hike through the woods on an illuminated trail. Meet outside the Visitor Center for the 45-minute adventure.

Saturday, October 19, Fall Funfest

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Tricks or Treats? Head to the Visitor Center’s front porch to find out what’s inside the “mystery nature boxes.” There will also be spooky nature crafts, critters, games and fall fun.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Caramel apples, cookies and cider for sale by the Friends of Mounds State Park on the Visitor Center front lawn.

1:30 p.m. — Nature’s Treat Bags. Come to the Program Area, near the Camp Store, to decorate a treat bag “nature style,” and use it trick or treating in the campground later in the day.

3 p.m. — Trick or Treating at the Campground. Campers and folks from town are invited to don their Halloween costumes and trick or treat at the campground until 5 p.m. Ghouls and goblins from town can park by the Camp Store.

5 p.m. — A Box Turtle Halloween. Learn how box turtles are celebrating Halloween this year at the campground.

7 p.m. — Campsite Decorating Contest. Public can tour the campground and vote on their favorite campsite until 8 p.m. Prizes for the top three sites.

Sunday, October 20, Fall Funfest

11 a.m. — Fall Colors Extravaganza. Join the naturalist on an hour-long hike in search of any remaining fall colors. Meet at the Visitor Center.

1 p.m. — Pumpkin Carving Contest. Meet at the Program Area, near the Camp Store, for pumpkin carving fun. Bring your own pumpkin or use one a donated one (supplies are limited). Tools will be supplied. Enter your pumpkin to be judged in one of three categories: flora, fauna, or mounds.

3 p.m. — Pumpkin Carving Judging. Judge your favorite in each of the three categories until 3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 25 — 7 p.m., Goin’ Batty. Dr. Tim Carter and his live Big Brown Bats will present a lively and interactive program. Learn about the characteristics of these flying mammals and have a chance to become an honorary bat biologist.

Saturday, October 26 — 11 a.m. Critter Feeding Time. Find out what’s on the Mounds’ critters breakfast plate. Kids may get to help with the feeding of our herptiles during this family-friendly activity. Meet the naturalist in the outdoor program area next to the Visitor Center.

Sunday, October 27 — 11 a.m. Mysteries of the Mounds. Discover who, when, how and why the mounds were built on an easy, hour-long hike. Meet at the Visitor Center porch.

Mounds State Park is located at 4306 Mounds Rd, Anderson. For more information, call 649-8128. Park entrance fees apply.