Natural History Day

Dear Friends-
Our second annual day camp for kids that are part of the TALKS mentoring project is on tap for this summer and I am looking for volunteers. The purpose of the camp is to strengthen the connection that kids have with the natural world and the cultural heritage of west central Indiana.
For the natural history day on Thursday June 11th the campers and their mentors are divided into 4 groups and rotate through 4 different hikes. Lisa Summers led the hike last year in which they explored the water cycle as exemplified on Trail 3, and she has agreed to do this hike again this year. We have three additional hikes. The Dirt hike explores soil and rocks and Trail 1 is a great example of different soils, rock formations and some erratics. The Critters hike utilizes the specimens in the Nature Center as well as the working bees, live birds and critters at the feeding station. The Weeds hike was on Trail 6 to investigate wetland plants, bogs, and then up past the Lieber cabin to deciduous upland forests.
We need volunteers to take on Dirt, Critters and Weeds. If you would enjoy a day in the park interacting with kids who are energetic and interested in what you have to say, please contact me. Last year’s experience made an impact on these kids and they are looking forward to this year. They are the future of our organization as well as potential leaders for maintaining and supporting public lands. I hope you will step up and take advantage of this great opportunity; or suggest others who might be willing to help.
I can be contacted by email: nancy.swaim@gmail.com or by phone at 765-569-5148.
We will need volunteers for the Cultural History day at the Lusk Home and Garden on Thursday, June 25th; and for the overnight on Wednesday and Thursday July 8th & 9th. Put these dates down and more information will follow.

Clean up Cancellation

Friends-
The weather looks too iffy for tomorrow.  The creek is definitely too high for trash removal and with rain the trails will be slick and getting off trail to recover trash may do more harm than good.
Clements has agreed to donate canoes when the weather is more conducive to being on and in Sugar Creek.  We will identify another work day so please be willing to volunteer for this at some future date.

River &/or trail clean-up

Please remember the work day this Saturday.
If the weather is good we will meet at Clements Canoes for a trash pick-up on Sugar Creek at 9:00 a.m.
The forecast is a bit iffy, so if it is raining we will meet at the Nature Center at Turkey Run State Park at 10:00 a.m. for trail work.
All hands are helpful.  Watch for final call about location on Friday by noon.
See you somewhere on Saturday Morning.