John Muir was one of America's most influential naturalists and conservationists. He is often called The Father of our National Parks. Today we celebrate and remember him on his birthday!
Garlic mustard (Alliara petiolata) can be found throughout Indiana woodlands. It's a native plant of Europe + it's hard to eradicate once it's established in an area where it doesn’t belong- like our parks! It spreads rapidly and it often displaces native plants. Garlic mustard is self-fertile and each plant can produce thousands (that's right, thousands!) of seeds that can be spread by humans, wildlife and water. To eradicate garlic mustard on CCPR properties, we pull the plant by hand in its second year. It is important to pull up the entire plant, including the roots. It's also important to place the plants in garbage bags after pulling or else the plant has a chance to re-establish. Once the garlic mustard has been pulled, we continue monitoring the site and come back each year to work on eradicating the species from our parks. Want to join our efforts? Be a park steward and volunteer with us: https://www.cervistech.com/acts/webreg/eventwebreglist.php?org_id=0037
Meet Jackie! 👋 Jackie has joined our Extended School Enrichment and Summer Camp Series team as our administrative assistant. When she's not at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends! She loves spending time outside - especially at Flowing Well Park - with her 🐶 Rocko and her 📸 We're excited to have Jackie on the team!
April showers bring May flowers…and trips to beautiful, blooming parks! Learn more about what all you can experience at three of our parks this spring: Hazel Landing, Flowing Well and Meadowlark Park - link in bio!
We're hooked on fishing! 🎣 The pond at Meadowlark Park received the first of three catfish stockings today. That got us thinking about all of the fun fishing opportunities we have planned for this summer! If you enjoy fishing, check out our free Family Learn to Fish event in May, or develop your skills in our Learn to Fish, Fishing I, Fishing II and Adaptive Fishing programs.
Have you ever used HAPPiFEET to share feedback with us? We were thrilled to get very HAPPi feedback from these trail users!
Everyone loves the park! Help us keep our parks safe and beautiful during National Playground Safety Week. We will be out at West Park mulching our playgrounds on Wednesday, April 24 and we could use your help! Sign up to volunteer via the link in our bio.
Ignite your child's imagination with creative arts programming this summer! Experience a week in the life of news anchors in our Live on TV! program. Learn to sing and play musical instruments in our Musical Adventure program. Understand value, proportion and grid drawing in our Intro to Drawing program. Explore all this and more in our Summer Program Guide!
Meet Matt, our recreation & facilities assistant director! Matt helps oversee the day-to-day operations and logistics of the Monon Community Center and helps develop plans for future improvements. In his free time, he plays competitive rugby, enjoys cooking with his friends and family, taking his dog Lyla on camping trips, and really anything that gets him outside any season of the year! We're so excited to have Matt on the CCPR team 😀
Check out the newly named Jill Perelman Pavilion at West Park! This Pavilion will be completed just in time to host kiddos for our Summer Camp Series in June. This fall, we’ll expand our programming footprint at this new facility. We’re excited to unveil this beautiful new space to our community!