Archive for October, 2015

Winter Solstice

[ December 22, 2015; 7:30 pm; ] Metea County Park Nature Center

December 22, Tuesday 7:30 PM

Celebrate the longest night of the year with us.  We’ll start off inside, reviewing what the solstice is, and may use telescopes to look at the nearly full moon.  Then we’ll hike through the woods to see how nature responds to this special event, and do some [...]

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Owl Prowl

[ December 19, 2015; 5:30 pm; January 9, 2016; 5:30 pm; ] Fox Island County Park

December 19, Saturday 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

January 9, Saturday 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

We will gather indoors to discover whooo our resident owls are, and then head outdoors to try to call some in.  Dress for the weather and for trails. 

Cost: $2.00

Pre-register by :12/14  Min: 5   Max. 15

To register or [...]

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Lay of the Land / Way of the Wind

[ December 19, 2015; 2:00 pm; ] Fox Island County Park

December 19 , Saturday  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Leafless trees allow for long views on this two-mile look at Fox Island Nature Preserve.  Ron Zartman will point out geologic landforms within and beyond the park as well as historic features, effects of last summer’s wind storms and changes he has observed over [...]

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Cross Country Ski Clinic

[ December 19, 2015; 10:00 am; January 9, 2016; 10:00 am; ] Fox Island County Park

December 19, Saturday  10:00 AM – Noon 

January 9, Saturday 10:00 AM – Noon

Learn: how equipment works, waxing vs. no-wax, purchasing, ski prep and maintenance, how to dress and receive basic instruction and practice on technique (weather permitting).  Leave phone number and shoe size when registering in order to reserve equipment.

Cost: $8.00 includes [...]

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Preschool Discovery Hour – Birds for Beginners

[ December 15, 2015; 1:00 pm; ] Fox Island County Park

December 15, Tuesday  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Young birders will visit our feeding area, help put seed out, and then watch to see who comes to eat it.  We’ll enjoy a little snack ourselves and take home a craft that is “for the birds”.

Cost: $3.00/Child        $2.00/adult

Pre-register by: 12/10  Min:5   Max: 20

To register [...]

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Energy 4 – Organic Compounds – Good for Homeschoolers

[ December 14, 2015; 2:00 pm; ] Metea County Park

December 14,  Monday 2:00 PM

A detailed study of the chemistry of  Carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Students must preregister and prepay for this program.

Cost: $5.00

Pre-register by: 12/10  Min. 5  Max.  20

To register or for more information: Email: rdivelbiss at  Call: 449-3778  Ron Divelbiss

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Nature’s Christmas at Metea

[ December 12, 2015; 2:00 pm; ] Metea County Park

December 12, Saturday  2:00PM – 5:00PM

The public is invited to Metea County Park for Nature’s Christmas!  Visit with Father Christmas while the sounds of the holiday season reverberate throughout the halls of Metea’s Nature Center.  Make Christmas decorations and children’s crafts from nature’s bounty.  Use them to decorate your home each year with [...]

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Preschool Metea Adventure – “Winter Hike”

[ December 9, 2015; 10:00 am; ] Metea County Park

December 9, Wednesday  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This program has been developed for pre-school children and their families or teachers.  Meet a naturalist at Metea’s Nature Center and learn how to properly hold various wildlife!  Fees include snack and drink for children and free gate entrance for the day.  Paid Pre-school teachers of [...]

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Feeding Winter Birds

[ December 6, 2015; 1:30 pm; ] Fox Island County Park

December 6, Sunday  1:30 PM – 3:00PM

Learn about our winter resident birds, how to feed them and build a suet feeder to take home all while watching the birds at the Vera Dulin Observation Bldg.

Cost: free w/annual pass or $2.00 park admission.

Pre-register by:11/27  Min:5  Max 35

To register or for more information:   Call: [...]

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Trail Guide and IMN Alumni Advanced Training

[ October 7, 2015; 9:00 am; November 4, 2015; 9:00 am; December 2, 2015; 9:00 am; ] Metea and Fox Island County Parks (Alternating months see below)

October 7, Wednesday  9:00 AM — 12:00 PM  “Fungi”   Fox Island
November 4, Wednesday  9:00 AM — 12:00 PM  ”Aliens vs Natives”  Metea
December 2,  Wednesday  9:00 AM — 12:00 PM “Holding Wildlife”  Fox Island

These once-per-month advanced trainings offer our Allen County Park volunteer trail guides and Indiana [...]

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