Silent Auction

It's that time of the year: REGIFTING of things you no longer can use.

The Friends of Turkey Run and Shades State Parks will hold their annual silent auction during the Eagles in Flight Weekend,  January 27 - 29. Please donate good crafts, art, books, clothing, foods, gift certificates or any other items that others would find bid-worthy.

The Friends are focusing on trail preservation in 2017 and will use money raised from the silent auction for this project. Please text 765-569-5148 or email to arrange for item pickup; or drop items off at the Nature Center at Turkey Run by Sunday,  January 22, 2017.

Lusk Garden Fence

The fence around the Lusk Heritage Garden is aging and in poor structural condition. On Saturday, Sept 24 around 8:00 am, we will begin the 1st phase in preparation for a new fence. We plan to dismantle the Lusk Garden fence. We are looking for volunteers to assist in this process. It will involve removing the pickets and braces and current posts, also carrying the wood to a nearby hauler. There will also be some pulling and hammering off the pickets and braces.

FullSizeRender (2)If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please let us know. We would love to have some new faces!

Hike the Shades of Death like the old days

Hike the Shades of Death like the old days-
-long skirt
-long trousers
-lace up boots with heels for the ladies
-long sleeves
-parasol for sun protection
Join Rich Scott for a guided hike through some of the most striking canyons of Indiana’s Yosemite Park, so called in 1916 by Colonel Joseph Frisz who owned the resort at Shades. Here is where the elegant swain of yesteryear took his fair lady and families came for picnics and roller skating. Listen to the legends of these ravines as Rich regales you with facts and fancy from 100 years ago when the hotel and ball room were entertaining the rich and famous from around the Midwest and beyond.
We welcome you to come dressed to the nines in long skirt and mutton chop sleeves_ or no. However you are dressed, you will still enjoy this stroll through nostalgia with Rich. See you on Sunday, June 26 th at Shades State Park. The hike leaves at 3:30 after cake punch and ice cream at the Hickory Shelter.
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“Talk” to DNR paleontology expert on Facebook, May 11

Event Description:
Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can “talk” online with interpretive naturalist Alan Goldstein about fossils on Wednesday, May 11, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, on the DNR’s Facebook wall.Goldstein will discuss fossils in Indiana, how to identify them and what fossils tell us about ancient Indiana. Participants are invited to join the conversation and ask questions.

Future topics, instructions on how to join a conversation on Facebook, and commenting guidelines are posted at

To join a chat, go to the DNR’s Facebook wall,, and click “like” (if you are not already a “friend”).

You may begin typing questions during the time slot. The DNR experts will answer questions as time allows.

Contact Information:
Name: Marty Benson
Phone: (317) 233-3853

Hello all Gardeners,

It is May, garden season is really here.  Last week was  a questionable weather day, but a good day for working in the garden.  A few gardeners showed up and we got work and chores done. A couple could stay a short time, but that worked out well. They did some weeding and harvesting while at the garden. Every little bit  helps. We moved some more wood chips to the paths.  We harvested rhubarb and asparagus.  And thinned a few of the perimeter  perennials.  We could see a start of the lettuce and onions planted the prior week.   We planted some kale, carrots , beets, radishes and turnips.  This coming garden day we will be getting more seeds in the plots. The next garden day will be Wednesday May 4 at 9:30 AM. If you can only come for a short time come anyway. All help will contribute to this garden.

See you Wednesday.

Beata St.Clair

Lusk Garden Updates

Hello Gardeners,   Last  Wednesday was cool and cloudy, a few gardeners came and we did some weeding. And dug and potted a few plants for a plant sale.  Also placed label stakes by the perimeter  perennials .Thanks Karen for making them.  We also had a mini conference about replacing the fence around the garden. The current one is deteriorating and besides weak and falling apart, it is not keeping the rabbits out.  Our next gardening day will be next Wednesday April 13 at 10 AM.  We did not move any of the wood chips to the paths, so that will be one of the projects. As any gardener knows weeding is always something to be done.  Hope the day will be nice weather and inviting for outdoor  work    Hope to see you there.

Beata St. Clair