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SATURDAY
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Nature Play Day
Let’s get our kids outside!

 

SUNDAY
3:00 PM Don’t Leaf Art Behind
Leaves are the subjects of many pieces of art work. Learn about leaves and how to create a fun piece of art work in the program.
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center.

10:00 PM Full Strawberry Moon
Anthony and Chris, Spring Mill Naturalists, will take you on an evening adventure! One hour, rugged hike. 1.5 miles
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center

 

GATE FEE WILL APPLY
Please call the Park Office for more information: (812) 849-3534

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INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Join us this weekend for a whole lot of fun in the beautiful Spring Mill State Park. Come along for some outdoor fun. Oh and BIG news… this weekend is one of the Park’s most popular events AND the kickoff to Mitchell’s Persimmon Festival, the 53rd Annual Tri Kappa Candlelight Tour!

FRIDAY

7:00 PM Persimmon Pride Hike
Kick off the Persimmon Festival and the Tri Kappa Candlelight Tour with a guided hike along the Stagecoach Trail and through the Pioneer Village.
Meet at Oak Ridge Shelter House

 

SATURDAY

11:00 AM Bubble Homes and Fish Farts
Stop by the Lakeview Activity Center to blow bubbles and learn how animals use bubbles in nature!

1:00 PM Creek Stomp
Meet Gail to explore the Park’s creek bed for macroinvertebrate. Bring your water shoes or just go barefoot!
Meet at the Village Ordinary

4:00 PM – 9:00 PM Candlelight Tour
Walk the Pioneer Village by candlelight and learn a little more about how life was in the 1800’s.

 

SUNDAY

10:00 AM Cave River Valley Hike
The property that Spring Mill manages in Washington County is full of history! Prepare to get your feet wet as we hike down to the valley! Bring water and get ready for this 2.5 hour, rugged hike.
Meet at the Donaldson parking lot to carpool to the Valley

2:00 PM Trail 7 Hike
Join Chris for a leisurely hike to enjoy the colorful splendor of Fall!
Meet at the Tulip Poplar Shelter House

 

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WINTER HIKE

Meet Anthony at Oak Ridge Shelter to take in the beauty of winter at Spring Mill with an easy hike. Learn how the animals and plants adapt to winter. 1 hour hike 1.75 miles.

*GATE FEE MAY APPLY*
PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(812)849-3534

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WINTER WELLNESS HIKE

Embrace winter with a cool hike around the lake.

Meet Lakeview Activity Center. Trail 5. Rugged.

ENTRY GATE FEE MAY APPLY
PLEASE CALL THE PARK OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(812)849-3534

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STREAM STROLL

What’s swimming in the streams at Spring Mill State Park? Get your feet wet and search for water bugs with Sarah! Bring water shoes!
Meet at the Village Ordinary

*Gate Fees May Apply*
For more information, contact the Park Office at (812)849-3534.

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TURTLE SHELL ART

Turtle shells are a protective covering for our reptile friends, but they also can be beautiful pieces of artwork. Visit Spring Mill State Park to learn about these creative creatures and make some creative patterns!
Meet in the Lakeview Activity Center

*Gate Fee May Apply*
For more information, call the Park Office at (812)849-3534.

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WEEKEND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Join us for another fun weekend at Spring Mill State Park. Don’t forget to bundle up! It’s going to be chilly!

 

Saturday, November 9th

7pm:  Full Beaver Moon Hike – Take a fun night hike on Trail 5 with Anthony to learn about the Full Beaver Moon.  Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.  Flashlight and good hiking shoes recommended.  Moderate 1 mile hike; 1 hour

 

Sunday, November 10th

2pm:  Wine and CanvasJoin the naturalist for a fall nature painting.  Beginner painting with step by step instructions.  One glass of wine or sparkling juice with appetizers.  All painting supplies provided.  Location: Lakeview Room at Spring Mill Inn. $40 per person.  Must reserve spot by calling the Inn at 812-849-4508.

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SPRING MILL INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Join us for another fun and eventful weekend at Spring Mill State Park!

FRIDAY

2:00 PM BIRD NEST BUILD Birds are nature’s engineers, find out why birds build their homes differently and build a nest of your own!
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center

7:00 PM SMOKEY AT THE CAMPGROUNDS  Smokey Bear has a special message for you about wildfires. Join part of the naturalist staff to visit with Smokey Bear and learn about fire safety.
Meet at Campground Amphitheater

9:30 PM OWLS, OUR NOCTURNAL GUESTS Join Naturalist, Chris, and walk around the village in search of our nighttime friends.
Meet at the Pioneer Village Parking Lot

SATURDAY

10:00 AM CROQUET TOURNAMENT Join us for a trip back in time with this game that was popular with George Donaldson in the late 1800’s. Horse shoes and lawn bowling will be available to play, as well!
Meet in the field by Donaldson Shelter

1:00 PM I SPY… SPRING MILL LAKE EDITION Meet Aaron to play a fun game of I Spy! and learn about some of the flora and fauna that surround the lake. Hike – 1 hour.
Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center

10:00 PM LIGHT THE NIGHT KAYAK TRIP Join Naturalists, Sheree and Sarah on a night kayak trip. Celebrate Christmas in July by decorating your kayak with Christmas lights and enjoying a night on the water. Must RSVP, bring a dim flashlight, life jacket and your kayak/canoe. Waivers will need to be signed by all guests and parents must be present for those 17 & under. Must be 3+ to participate.
Meet at the Boat Rental 9:15 – 9:45 pm.
For more information and to register contact Sheree at sbelt@dnr.in.gov

SUNDAY

2:00 PM NATURE TALES AND CRAFTY HANDS Make a craft and listen to a fun nature themed story. Best for ages pre-K through 2nd grade.
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center

10:00 PM FULL MOON HIKE This month’s full moon is called the Full Buck Moon. Join us for a rugged 2 mile hike on trail 4. 1 hour
Meet at Sycamore Shelter House

*Gate Fee May Apply*
For more information, call the Park Office at (812)849-3534.

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WINE AND CANVAS

Enjoy a glass of wine or sparkling juice with appetizers as you join the naturalist for a fall nature painting.  This will be a beginner painting with step by step instructions. All painting supplies provided.

PLEASE CALL SPRING MILL STATE PARK INN TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION

(812)849-4508

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Winter Tree ID Workshop

Dale Weigel and Teena Ligman will be at Spring Mill State Park to teach you about tree identification in winter.

SESSION 1 Thursday, Feb. 13
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Learn buds, bark, and more! Meet us in the Lakeview Activity Center.  Materials and refreshments available.

SESSION 2 Saturday, Feb. 15
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Return Saturday for field portion!  Meet at Gus Grissom Memorial to hike Trail 6.

 

Attending both sessions is encouraged, but not required.

RSVP to (812)278-0139. $5 fee for each session.