ANDERSON, Ind. — There’s just no excuse for anyone to be bored this summer. Mounds State Park makes a great destination any old day of the week, just to enjoy the delights of nature and maybe learn a little, too.
Hiking, exploring, picnicking, camping, swimming and more are all on tap at the park. Even better, they have a schedule full to the brim of cool activities.
Especially of interest for kids are two camps hosted this month by the park’s interpretive services along with Friends of Mounds State Park.
“Campers can expect fun, hands-on activities centered around exploration, understanding and stewardship of Mounds State Park,” interpretive naturalist Jessica Rosier said.
Naturalist Day Camp runs this week from July 9-12. It’s for kids ages 8-10, and costs $35. Wilderness Day Camp runs July 23-26 for kids ages 11-13, and costs $45. Get more information and sign campers up in advance by stopping in at the Visitor Center, or by calling 642-6627.
Other events this month include:
- Each Saturday and Sunday afternoon throughout the month, the Bronnenberg House will be open. Stop by this historic home anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to hear stories about the Bronnenberg family and their protection of the Mounds.
- Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m. Friends of Mounds State Park Monthly Meeting. Get involved and see what the park is planning next. Join a committee, attend one of the many programs and special events, or just make some new friends.
- Friday, July 12, 8:30 p.m. Sense the Night. Ever wonder how animals are able to see, hear, and smell prey and predators? Join a park naturalist on an hour-long moderate hike about survival adaptations. Kids under 12, bring an adult.
- Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. Good Morning Mounds. Say “hello” to the naturalists as they rove around the campground this morning with a special Mounds artifact. At 8 p.m., it’s Goodnight Mounds. End the day with the naturalist at the campground hosts’ site who will be showing off and sharing some of the special critters at Mounds.
- Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m. Trail 2 Trek. Join the naturalist for a fresh air moderate, hour-long hike along one of Mounds’ most beautiful trails, exploring the habitats, including a fen, that make this park unique.
- Friday, July 19, 8 p.m. Homemade Fire Starters. Meet at the campground hosts’ site to learn how generations of campers have been captivated by fire. Then, participants will have the chance to make their own fire starter for their campfire.
- Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. Nature Bingo. Head to the Visitor Center multi-purpose room for some fun rounds of nature bingo.
- 8:30 p.m. Candlelight Mounds Meander. Bring the family for an hour-long evening stroll around the mounds, sauntering along by candlelight to discover the mysteries of the earthworks.
- Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m. Park Perimeter Hike. Hike all of Trail 5, making stops along the way to talk about Mounds’ unique history, flora, and fauna. Plan to be out two hours for this moderate hike.
- Friday, July 26, 8:30 p.m. Who Gives a Hoot? Join the naturalist for a possible look at the park’s owl population. Kids under 12, bring an adult for this hour-long adventure.
- Saturday, July 27, 10 a.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. No rides are left, but plenty of stories abound. At 8 p.m. get in on the Campfire Critter Chat at the campground hosts’ site. Get introduced to some animals that call Mounds State Park home and learn about how they help the ecosystem.
- Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. Critter Feeding Frenzy. Meet the naturalist in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room to find out what’s on the Mounds’ critters lunch menu. Kids will get to participate in the feeding of the park’s herptiles during this family-friendly activity.
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