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Eco Outpost

Now open at the Griffy Lake boathouse, the Eco Outpost is a hands-on place to discover nature. Bring in natural objects like pine cones and fossils, and the Eco Outpost staff will help you learn more about them. You can also trade in your nature-related objects for new ones from the Eco Outpost collection on display. Visit the boathouse for more information. The boathouse is open weekends in April, and daily beginning May 1. For all ages.

Weekends in April
Daily, 5/1-10/25 · 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
FREE
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Scour the Parks for Sasquatch: The Sequel

Attention all citizens: A Sasquatch has again been spotted in Bloomington! It seems he had such a great time visiting here last year, he decided to spend his vacation in Bloomington this summer, too. Since he heard how much fun everyone had tracking him through his photo album, he contacted Bloomington Parks and Recreation to help him set up a treasure hunt spread out across city parks and facilities. He is offering an even better reward this year for anyone who manages to complete the hunt by following the clues he has left behind. As an extra incentive, he is offering a special bonus reward to the person or team that completes the hunt first. Register to join the search and pick up your photo packet at the Parks and Recreation office inside City Hall. Registration is ongoing so you can join the hunt at any time.

5/1 - 8/31
$10/in-city, $11/non-city
For all ages.
Registration is ongoing, so you can join the hunt any time! (Code 84009-A)

Stories of the Stars

Is there a star in the constellation Orion whose name means, "armpit of the giant"? Why does the bear in the Ursa Major constellation have a long tail? Which constellation is hiding a group of stars that was once used as an ancient test of eyesight? Learn the stories behind these and other constellations as well as tricks for easily locating them in the night sky.

F 8/8 · 9-10 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · For All Ages!
Register by 8/1 (Code 84011A)

RCA Community Park, Small Shelter

Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take in deep breaths of fresh air, watch the night sky fill up with stars and light up the water. Registration is required. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children under 14 years must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

Su 8/10 · 8:30-10 p.m. · Register by 8/5 (Code 84008-D)

Caves Among Us

Explore the cave entrances, springs, and wetland area at Leonard Springs Nature Park. Walk to rugged one-mile look trail and participate in hands-on activities during this tour. Binoculars and magnifying glasses are provided for use during the hike. Sturdy, waterproof shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Parking is limited, so pre-register for this program and plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to start time. Instructor: Kriste Lindberg

W 8/20 · 6:30-8:30 p.m.
FREE
Register by 8/19 (Code 84003-B)

Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take in deep breaths of fresh air, watch the night sky fill up with stars and light up the water. Registration is required. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children under 14 years must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

M 9/8 · 8-9:30 p.m. · Register by 9/4 (Code 84008-E)
$7/in-city, $8/non-city · For all ages!
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve