Patoka schedules June events

PATOKA RESERVOIR — The Patoka Lake Nature Center has activities scheduled for June. Activities are at different locations.

Saturday, June 8

12:30 p.m. Guided one-hour nature hike, nature center. Trek along the ¾ mile garden rock loop trail with the naturalist. Wear sturdy walking shoes that can get wet.

2 p.m. Happy as a Hellbender, nature center. There is a rare salamander found in southern Indiana. Only one river is where they call home. Discover the world through the eyes of the largest salamander in the state. Kids will get to make slime to take home at the end of the program.

Sunday, June 9

9:30 a.m.-noon. Roving Rangers, nature center. Naturalists will be seen around the park. A team will be out with trivia and a live guest. Keep eyes open as the naturalists make their way through the property.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Birds of Prey, nature center. Step into the backyard of the nature center for a close look at two non-releasable birds of prey. The adventure could lead to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or eastern screech owl encounter.

12:30 p.m. Turtle walk, nature center. Join the naturalist in the backyard of the nature center for a turtle walk. Turtles needs Vitamin D from the sun and the best way to get it is by going outdoors. They will be doing the walking while people do some talking about why they are here and how turtles live in the wild.

Friday, June 14

All day. Nature Play Day, nature center. Celebrate the day by creating. Kids are to bring their creativity; the center will supply the rest.

Saturday, June 15

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Birds of Prey, nature center. Step into the backyard of the nature center for a close look at two non-releasable birds of prey. The adventure could lead to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or eastern screech owl encounter.

1 p.m. Raptor round-up, nature center. Meet the educational ambassadors close up in the backyard. Learn of their wild capabilities. Hear their stories of survival.

Sunday, June 16

1 p.m. Wild About Dads, nature center. Join the naturalist for a special Father’s Day program. Learn about the roles of different dads in the wild. Participants can make a craft to give to the dad that they are wild about.

Thursday, June 20

6-8 p.m. Kayak for Eagles, boat ramp. Celebrate National Bald Eagle Day on the waters of Patoka. Join the naturalist for an evening tour traveling up river that will start at Wall’s Lake Boat Ramp. Meet the naturalist at the Patoka Lake Office to car caravan to the boat ramp. Caravan will leave promptly at 4:50 p.m. Participants should plan to arrive at the ramp no later than 5:45 p.m. to prepare their boats and equipment for the tour. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5, but may also be purchased at the Patoka Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, June 21

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Selfie scavenger hunt, nature center. Celebrate National Selfie Day by participating in Patoka’s selfie scavenger hunt. Travel by car or foot to destinations around the property. Earn points for each stop you make and take a selfie. Show the naturalists your selfies and earn prizes. All photos must be presented by 2:30 p.m. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the nature center.

Saturday, June 22

9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Rangers at the ramps. Look for the naturalists at the boat ramps. They will be traveling around with a water trivia game. Prizes will be awarded as people launch their vessels into the lake.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Birds of Prey, nature center. Step into the backyard of the nature center for a close look at two non-releasable birds of prey. The adventure could lead to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or eastern screech owl encounter.

1 p.m. Raptor round-up, nature center. Meet the educational ambassadors close up in the backyard. Learn of their wild capabilities. Hear their stories of survival.

Sunday, June 23

9:30 a.m.-noon. Roving Rangers, nature center. Naturalists will be seen around the park. A team will be out with trivia and a live guest. Keep eyes open as the naturalists make their way through the property.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Birds of Prey, nature center. Step into the backyard of the nature center for a close look at two non-releasable birds of prey. The adventure could lead to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or eastern screech owl encounter.

Saturday, June 29

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Birds of Prey, nature center. Step into the backyard of the nature center for a close look at two non-releasable birds of prey. The adventure could lead to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or eastern screech owl encounter.

12:30 p.m. Raptor round-up, nature center. Meet the educational ambassadors close up in the backyard. Learn of their wild capabilities. Hear their stories of survival.

1:30 p.m. Guided one-hour nature hike, nature center. Trek along the ¾ mile garden rock loop trail with the naturalist. Wear sturdy walking shoes that can get wet.

Sunday, June 30

9:30 a.m.-noon Roving Rangers, nature center. Naturalists will be seen around the park. A team will be out with trivia and a live guest. Keep eyes open as the naturalists make their way through the property.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Birds of Prey, nature center. Step into the backyard of the nature center for a close look at two non-releasable birds of prey. The adventure could lead to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or eastern screech owl encounter.

12:30 p.m. Turtle walk, nature center. Join the naturalist in the backyard of the nature center for a turtle walk. Turtles needs Vitamin D from the sun and the best way to get it is by going outdoors. They will be doing the walking while people do some talking about why they are here and how turtles live in the wild.

The Patoka Lake Nature Center is located at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, call the visitors center at 812-685-2447.




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