By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — The leaves are just starting to turn. Birds are on the move. It’s a super time to get outdoors, and Mounds State Park in Anderson makes a great place in which to enjoy it.
In addition to the Visitor Center’s interesting displays, walking trails and camping opportunities, the historic Bronnenberg House is open every weekend from 1 to 4 p.m. On top of that, the park has a full slate of fun activities for kids and adults all through the month of September, kicking off with Archeology Weekend starting today. Here’s what’s happening this month:
Today, at 8 p.m., check out park artifacts on display at the campground.
Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ball State University students and members of the Upper White River Archeological Society will have artifacts on hand, and the stories to go with them. There will be hands-on activities for kids. Create an archeology-themed craft with guest interpreter Kim Ousley. At 1 p.m., join the naturalist for an hour-long ArcheHike to the park’s most famous mound to learn about some of the past archeological findings that have revealed stories about the Adena-Hopewell peoples.
Also on Saturday, from 12-8 p.m., the Madison County Amateur Radio Club will be at the park to participate in Indiana Parks on the Air. Learn about amateur radio and get on the air yourself to talk to radio operators at other Department of Natural Resources properties during the statewide event.
Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ball State University students and members of the Upper White River Archeological Society return with artifacts on hand, and the stories to go with them. Kids can get in on hands-on activities. At 1 p.m., join the naturalist for an hour-long ArcheHike to the park’s most famous mound to learn about some of the past archeological findings that have revealed stories about the Adena-Hopewell peoples.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Friends of Mounds State Park monthly meeting. Get involved, make friends. Refreshments provided in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.
Friday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m. Naturalist on the Go. See if you can spot the naturalist roving around the campground with a special Mounds’ critter.
Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. Mysteries of the Mounds. Discover who, when, how and why the Mounds were built during an easy, hour-long morning hike back in time. Meet at the Visitor Center porch. At 8 p.m., meet up at the Campground Store to get in on the Evening Trivia Hike. Test your knowledge of Mounds’ history, flora, and fauna during this moderate, hour-long evening stroll. Prizes for the winners.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. Critter Feeding Time. Meet the naturalist in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room to find out what’s on the Mounds’ critters breakfast plate. Kids may get to help with the feeding of the herptiles during this family-friendly activity.
Friday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Creatures of the Night Hike. Meet at the Campground Store to set off on an hour-long hike to learn about the animals that roam the park at night.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. Photo Scavenger Hunt. Grab your camera and head to the office at the Visitor Center. They’ll set you up with a scavenger hunt that will help you explore the history, flora, and fauna of Mounds State Park. Prizes awarded. At 8 p.m., it’s Naturalist on the Go. See if you can spot guest naturalist Phil Hallenbeck and his great-grandson, Wyatt, roving around the campground with some special Mounds’ critters.
Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. Fall Equinox Outing. Hike to the mounds and learn about the mounds and how the Adena-Hopewell peoples used the earthworks to mark the Fall Equinox.
Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m. History Hounds in the Campground. Catch up with the naturalist as they rove the campground with some Mounds artifacts. See if you can guess the origins of a specific artifact with a few clues from the naturalist.
Saturday, Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day. 10 a.m. Program Area Build-a-Thon. Join staff and Friends of Mounds State Park members as they work on the latest park project. They’ll be building a Program Area which will host weekly interpretive offerings during the summer months and special events throughout the spring and fall. Guidance and tools will be provided. At 8 p.m., it’s Marshmallow Mania. Check out the work that was accomplished today during the Program Area Build-a-Thon, roast marshmallows and check out the cool critters and artifacts brought over by the naturalist.
Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. Amazing Atlatls. Meet at the Visitor Center lawn to learn about atlatls, a hunting tool which preceded the bow and arrow, and discover clues about the people who used them in the past. Try your hand at throwing one, too.
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