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SPRING MILL INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Join us for another fun weekend at Spring Mill State Park

FRIDAY

4:00 PM SMOKEY BEAR CELEBRATION Smokey Bear is turning 75 years old this year! Wish him a Happy Birthday and learn about his fire prevention message at Spring Mill State Park.
Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center

10:00 PM Nighttime Eyeshine Who’s that watching in the woods? Join Sarah to spot some different animal eyeshine on this easy night hike.
Meet at the Gus Grissom Memorial

SATURDAY

8:00 AM VIRGIL I “GUS” GRISSOM DAY Gus Grissom was the second American in space and was born right here in Mitchell, Indiana. Celebrate this American hero and Hoosier icon with us at the Gus Grissom Memorial.

2:00 PM LET’S GO FLY A ROCKET Learn about aerodynamics and build your own water powered rocket. How high will yours fly?
Meet at the Gus Grissom Memorial

SUNDAY

9:00 AM INTRODUCTION TO CAVE RIVER VALLEY  Have you been to the property that Spring Mill manages in Washington County? It’s full of history! Prepare to get your feet wet as we hike down to the valley! Bring your water bottle and carpool over for this beautiful hike.
Meet at Donaldson Parking Lot

2:00 PM CHRISTMAS IN JULY STORY AND CRAFT Listen to a special Christmas Story and make a craft from things found in nature! 45 minutes.
Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center

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

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MORNING AT THE FEEDER & ALEXANDER WILSON BIRD PRINTS

Spend your morning relaxing with the birds who visit the feeders at Spring Mill State Park. Then, make a bird print of your own!
Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center.

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

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SMOKEY AT THE CAMPGROUND

Smokey Bear is visiting Spring Mill State Park and has a special message for you about wildfires. Join part of the naturalist staff in the campground amphitheater to visit Smokey Bear and learn about fire safety!

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

Nature Center

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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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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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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HIDDEN CAVES HIKE

Join us and uncover some of the lesser known caves in Spring Mill State Park.
Meet at the Pioneer Village Parking Lot

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

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HOW AND WHY CAVES FORM

Look at the life and formations in a cave at Spring Mill State Park. Join us for a fascinating underground experience.
Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center

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

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Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM the Naturalist will be feeding the snakes at the Lakeview Activity Center. Join us in learning more about these interesting animals!

Please call Spring Mill State Park for more information: 812-849-3534
Gate fee may apply.