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Scour the Parks for Sasquatch ... and a Yeti

Attention all citizens. A Sasquatch has once again been spotted in our area, and this time he's not alone. He told his relatives about all of his adventures in Bloomington and a Yeti decided that he wanted in on the fun. Each of them has been working with the Parks and Recreation Department to set up their own unique treasure hunt spread out across City parks and facilities. Interested teams can register to join the search and pick up their treasure hunting packets at the Parks and Recreation office. Registration cost is per team.

Yeti's Treasure Hunt: Since this is his first time visiting Bloomington, the Yeti has designed a hunt more focused on the fun of exploring the City than on solving complicated riddles. If you have a team with a lot of younger members or prefer to search at a more leisurely pace, then the Yeti's hunt is for you. He is offering a reward to every team that manages to complete his hunt.

Ongoing, 5/1-8/31 · Register online (Code 24008-A)
$10/in-city, $12/non-city

Sasquatch's Treasure Hunt: The Sasquatch loves playing tricks and has designed another challenging hunt this year. If you enjoy difficult puzzles, then you are in the right place. He is offering a reward to every team that manages to complete his hunt and is offering an extra reward to the team that completes his hunt first.

Ongoing, 5/1-8/31 · Register online (Code 24008-B)
$10/in-city, $12/non-city

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 and watch the night sky light up the water. Registration is required. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children under age 14 yrs. must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land. For all ages.

$7/in-city, $8/non-city
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Sa 8/29 · 8-9:30 p.m. · Register by 8/27 (Code 24012-D)
$7/in-city, $8/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Su 9/27 · 7:30-9 p.m. · Register by 9/24 (Code 24012-E)
$7/in-city, $8/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

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 and watch the night sky light up the water. Registration is required. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children under age 14 yrs. must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land. For all ages.

Sa 8/29 · 8-9:30 p.m. · Register by 8/27 (Code 24012-D)
$7/in-city, $8/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Tots on Trails

Even the smallest trailblazer can benefit from spending time engaged outdoors. We will take a short hike along the paved Jackson Creek Trail discovering the shapes, colors, sounds, textures, plants, and animals along the way. Cost is per child. For ages 5 yrs. and younger w/parent.

F 9/11 · 11 a.m.-noon · Register by 9/9 (Code 34006-A)
$2/in-city, $3/non-city

Sherwood Oaks Park - meet behind the tennis courts

Build Your Own Cane Fishing Pole

Catching a fish is one of the most rewarding activities there is, and it is even more rewarding when you built the pole you used to catch the fish! Participants are provided with the steps and materials to make a cane pole. We will end the program fishing with our poles on Griffy Lake. Bait and basic tackle are provided. All participants ages 16 yrs. and up must have a valid Indiana fishing license in order to fish. Cost is per pole. For all ages.

Sa 9/12 · 7-8:30 p.m. · Register by 9/7 (Code 34002-A)
$8/in-city, $10/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Tots on Trails

Even the smallest trailblazer can benefit from spending time engaged outdoors. We will take a short hike along the paved Jackson Creek Trail discovering the shapes, colors, sounds, textures, plants, and animals along the way. Cost is per child. For ages 5 yrs. and younger w/parent.

M 9/21 · 5:30-6:30 p.m. · Register by 9/18 (Code 34006-B)
$2/in-city, $3/non-city

Sherwood Oaks Park - meet behind the tennis courts

Growing Trees From Seed

Trees are all around us and many of us have even planted trees, but have you ever grown your own tree from a seed you found? From collection to proper planting techniques, learn the steps it takes to successfully grow trees from seed. We will have a brief tree identification walk to introduce collecting techniques, and send each participant home with at least 10 different seeds to plant for next spring! For all ages.

Sa 9/26 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 9/21 (Code 34004-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Bryan Park - behind Woodlawn Shelter

Great Worldwide Star Count

Discover the constellations of the fall sky while contributing to the effort to gauge light pollution around the world. Participants learn how to identify several constellations and how light pollution affects star gazers around the world. For all ages.

F 10/2 · 8:30-9:30 p.m. · Register by 9/28 (Code 34012-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

RCA Community Park

Tots on Trails

Even the smallest trailblazer can benefit from spending time engaged outdoors. We will take a short hike along the paved Jackson Creek Trail discovering the shapes, colors, sounds, textures, plants, and animals along the way. Cost is per child. For ages 5 yrs. and younger w/parent.

Tu 10/6 · 11 a.m. - noon · Register by 10/2 (Code 34006-C)
$2/in-city, $3/non-city

Sherwood Oaks Park - meet behind the tennis courts

Take a Kid Mountain Biking

Volunteer logo Take a Kid Mountain Biking strives to encourage communities to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Kids maneuver through twisting singletrack jump logs, and leap flagstone obstacles in our 1/8-mile kid-size obstacle course. Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. For all ages. Instructor: Kevin Marzahl

Sa 10/3 · 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
FREE

RCA Community Park

Healthy Hikes

Take in the sights and sounds of nature as you hike your way to a healthier you. Join a naturalist for weekly hikes that explore local natural areas and discover the numerous benefits of walking in the woods. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle for these moderately strenuous hikes. For all ages.

Tu 10/6 · 6-7 p.m.
FREE

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Harvesting Wild Nuts

Indiana forests are full of flavorful and nutritious nuts that are rarely seen in grocery stores. Learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare acorns, black walnuts, hickory nuts and pecans for eating. Samples for tasting are provided! For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 10/10 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 10/5 (Code 34001-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Healthy Hikes

Take in the sights and sounds of nature as you hike your way to a healthier you. Join a naturalist for weekly hikes that explore local natural areas and discover the numerous benefits of walking in the woods. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle for these moderately strenuous hikes. For all ages.

Tu 10/13 · 6-7 p.m.
FREE

Wapehani Mountain Bike Park

Animal Track T-shirt Stamping

Discover the animals of Indiana by exploring the tracks they leave behind. Learn how to identify common tracks, then create a T-shirt using different animal footprint stamps. All materials are provided. Cost is per shirt. For all ages. Instructor: Anna Rossler

Sa 10/17 · 2-3 p.m. · Register by 10/12 (Code 34007-A)
$10/in-city, $12/non-city

Lower Cascades Park - Waterfall Shelter

Healthy Hikes

Take in the sights and sounds of nature as you hike your way to a healthier you. Join a naturalist for weekly hikes that explore local natural areas and discover the numerous benefits of walking in the woods. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle for these moderately strenuous hikes. For all ages.

Tu 10/20 · 6-7 p.m.
FREE
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Canoe Scavenger Hunt

Learn the art of using a compass to find your share of the "treasure" scattered along the shores of Griffy Lake! Traverse the lake via canoe following the clues on a treasure map-but beware of pirates and creatures of the deep! Children under age 14 yrs. must be accompanied by a registered adult. For all ages.

Sa 10/24 · 2-3:30 p.m. · Register by 10/16 (Code 34011-A)
$7/in-city, $8/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Healthy Hikes

Take in the sights and sounds of nature as you hike your way to a healthier you. Join a naturalist for weekly hikes that explore local natural areas and discover the numerous benefits of walking in the woods. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle for these moderately strenuous hikes. For all ages.

Tu 10/27 · 6-7 p.m.
FREE
RCA Community Park

Fall Waterfowl Migration

Stillwater Marsh at North Fork State Wildlife Refuge is an important fall migration stopover for waterfowl. Visit the marsh to watch for and identify different bird species that are spending time at the refuge on their way south. All participants are welcome, but content will be tailored for beginning birders. Binoculars and spotting scopes are provided. Meet at Stillwater Marsh; directions provided upon registration. For ages 12 yrs. and up.

Sa 10/31 · 10-11 a.m. · Register by 10/26 (Code 34008-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Stillwater Marsh, Lake Monroe

Nature's Music

Wind in the trees. Crickets chirping. Birds singing. Leaves rustling. Nature's music is all around us. Learn about the sounds of nature and make your own music while creating your own naturescape. Each child will make a simple instrument of natural and recycled objects to take home. Cost is per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 8 yrs. and younger. Instructor: Anna Rossler

Sa 11/7 · 2-3 p.m. · Register by 10/30 (Code 34009-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Banneker Community Center

Wild Tea Tasting

Winter is upon us and we often look to different beverages to keep us warm. For centuries wild teas have been created and enjoyed from plants that are oftentimes right in our own back yards! Learn appropriate harvesting, preparation, and storage techniques for making some truly delightful and beneficial teas. Samples are provided. For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 11/14 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 11/9 (Code 34003-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

RCA Community Park

Flintknapping for Beginners

The art of creating stone tools is mostly an afterthought in times when advanced tools are so plentiful. However, possessing the skill to craft a blade from a stone could be a beneficial talent to have. Learn some basic flintknapping and stone working techniques using various tools, both primitive and modern. You can decide if knapping will be your next hobby! For ages 10 yrs. and up. Children under age 10 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 11/21 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 11/16 (Code 34005-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve