Free Canoe Trip!!!

​Free Canoe Trip!!!
Clements Canoes has donated 6 canoes for Saturday, May 9th​.  Oh, to take advantage of this great opportunity,  you do have to ​​ volunteer for a project to ​pull trash out of Sugar Creek from Shades State Park down to the Narrows at Turkey Run State Park.  We will meet at Clements Canoe Rental located on SR 234 north of Waveland at 9:00 a.m.  If you are "in" for this project please confirm with Greg Oskay at​  ​The first 12 volunteers are in.
Don't feel comfortable wrestling with tree limbs and beer cans?  Then join us at 10:00 at Turkey Run Nature Center to walk the trails and pick up trash.

Bring gloves and dress appropriately for the day.


If the water is too high or the weather unfit for canoeing,​Sugar Creek volunteers will adjourn to Turkey Run State Park and​ help with trash clean-up.

Volunteers needed!

Do you have some extra time on April 24th & 25th? Volunteers are needed on these days for Earth Day programs at Turkey Run Nature Center. Friday is all about helping school age children learn about Earth Day and Saturday is open to the public. If you are interested, please contact Barbara Tibbets at (765) 597-2654.

Parke County Hospitality Directory

The Parke County Hospitality Directory is available! This is a great guide to resources in our beautiful county; especially helpful for visitors! We need to send out a big Thank You to MainStreet Rockville​ for putting together such a great directory! Get your directory here:

Audubon Society – discussion of Indiana butterflies

We have had a cool opportunity pop up! The Wabash Valley Audubon Society is having their Annual Banquet this week At this banquet, they have 2 speakers that our group might find interesting. Jeff & Sandy Bleth. Jeff has written a book - Butterflies of Indiana - A Field Guide - and will be talking to the group about identifying butterflies common to our areas. His wife Sandy Bleth is an Assistant Naturalist for Monroe County Parks & Recreation and will be discussing Monarch butterflies life cycle and migration patterns. This sounds like it would be a great time!

The banquet will be held on April 16th at 6pm at MCL Restaurant, 25th and Ohio Blvd in Terre Haute. There is a $20 admission for the banquet.

If anyone is interested, please email Phil Cox at to reserve a spot!

Annual Meeting

Yikes!!!  Remember the annual meeting for the Friends of Turkey Run is this Thursday, April 16th.  A pitch-in dinner begins at 6:00 and will be in the Dogwood Room at the Inn.
We will have a very brief business meeting to elect a new board followed by a program about Indiana's Bicentennial.  Ginger Murphy Deputy Director for Stewardship for Indiana's State Parks will be our speaker.  She has been working closely with the Bicentennial Commission and will give an overview of the State's plans and speak to the activities at Indiana's State Parks that will be part of the celebration.
Please plan to attend.  A covered dish is your cost for participation in this great meal and great program.  Drinks and a meat course will be provided.  Please bring your own tableware.

Looking for hosts!

Hello Everyone! Turkey Run State Park is looking for hosts for the park. If anyone is interested in this fantastic opportunity - please call!

*Turkey Run/Shades State Park complex, (765) 597-2654 Marshall;
*Number of host sites: One at Turkey Run; none at Shades. *Length of Stay: One month, one day off each week.
*Duties: Run a small welcome center in host campsite; visit newly arrived campers in their sites to provide information and promote interpretive programs; assist campground gate staff as requested; replenish toilet tissue in campground restrooms; assist with nature center duties, including information desk, and program and special event support.

Hosts may also help with other projects that fit interests, skills and available time.

Status for 2015: Turkey Run still needs hosts for the month of June. We’re currently accepting applications for 2016, April through September.