October is here and fall type weather cannot be far behind. Attached you will find the Eagle Creek Park Calendar for this month. This is the time of year that you will want to visit the park often. Each week mother nature will give us a new picture as the leaves start to change color and she will show us some beautiful colors. Great time for hiking, biking, relaxing on a bench, having a picnic, or just taking a drive. Don’t forget going on at the Earth Discovery Center is the “Images of Nature Photography Show” through October 13th. Take a break from being outside and see a display of great photography. Check out the calendar for other things that are going on.
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City-County Councillor District 6
EAGLE CREEK PARK 2019 Earth Discovery Center (EDC) 317-327-7148 Ornithology Center (OC) 317-327-BIRD (2473) Open Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5
56th St. Admin. Office 317-327-7110 Open Monday-Friday 9-5 Programs located at: Earth Discovery Center Ornithology Center Other (location) $ pre-registration required
Images of Nature Art Show, September 28-October 13 at the Earth Discovery Center
October Owl Festival, Sat Oct 26th 9am-4pm at the Ornithology Center. A day dedicated to our favorite nocturnal hunter. Enjoy hikes, crafts, live bird programs, and more! Find the event at facebook.com/ornithology.center for the full event schedule.
Images of Nature Art Show, September 28-October 13 at the Earth Discovery Center
Images of Nature Photography Show will be on display at the Earth Discovery Center from September 28th through October 13th. Free with park admission.
Fall Hayrides What’s fall with- out a hayride? Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 21–Nov 3, go on a one-hour hayride through the park, and end with a campfire at one of our shelters. $175 for up to 20 people, 3 hours total. Call 317-3277110 x5 to reserve.
Recurring Programs All recurring programs are free with park admission. Saturdays: Nature Discovery Class, 1:30pm at the Earth Discovery Center. Stop by on Saturdays for a fun nature activity! Topics vary – possible activities include: nature hikes, pond life, simple crafts, and more! Raptor Feeding Time, 2:30pm at the Ornithology Center. Join a naturalist as we feed one or more of our live birds of prey. Feeding only take a few minutes so don’t be late! Sundays: Sunday Morning Birdwalk, 9am-11am at the Ornithology Center. Join a group of new and experienced birders for a brisk morning bird walk! Meets rain or shine. Walk is not geared toward children, but they are welcome to attend. Feeding Time, 1:30-2pm at the Earth Discovery Center. Watch as our educational reptiles, amphibians and other critters enjoy their lunch! Meet A Raptor, 2:30pm-3pm at the Ornithology Center. Join us to discover the world of raptors! You will meet one (or more!) of our special live birds of prey and learn about what makes them raptors. Tuesdays: Story Time on the Reservoir, 9:30am-10:30am at the Earth Discovery Center. After reading a nature-themed story, participants will visit stations at their own pace. Stations will vary but may include puppets, coloring pages, artifacts with a naturalist, or additional books. Program is best suited for preschool and kindergarten, but early elementary students are welcome to join. Wednesdays: Weeknight Wanderers, 5:30pm-7pm at the Ornithology Center. Want to get outside this fall and explore new trails? Interested in learning more about birds without the earlymorning commitment? Join us for an after-work bird hike and campfire. All birding/hiking experience levels welcome! Adults only please. Bring your own S’more supplies, but roasting sticks will be provided. Sept 11th-Nov 20th.
Fridays: Feeder Watch or Migration Game, 4pm-4:30pm at the Ornithology Center. Weather dependent, the activity will be an indoor Feeder Watch or outdoor Migration Game obstacle course (designed for ages 6-12*). Feeder Watch includes counting & identifying birds, coloring, and/or nature journaling. The migration game is an obstacle course that teaches about migratory birds and the hazards they face. October Programs To register for Indy Parks programs go to www.indyparks.org and enter the 5 digit course #. Free programs do not require registration. Sept 28-Oct 13: Images of Nature Art Show, Mon-Sat 9am5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm at the Earth Discovery Center. Mark your calendars to visit the show any time during the exhibition! Photos will be on display in the Exhibit Hall. Free with park admission.
Oct 2 (W): Volunteer Coffee Talk, 8:30am at the Earth Discovery Center. Join us the first Wed of every month for an environmental presentation. A great chance to meet volunteers and learn more about volunteer opportunities. Everyone welcome! Free with park admission.
Oct 5 & 19 (Sa): Women’s Bird Hike, 9am-10:30am at the Ornithology Center. Join a female naturalist on exciting women-only bird hikes this fall! Young and old, experienced and new birders all are welcome! Binoculars available to borrow. Free with park admission.
Oct 16 (W): Bird Scavengers, 2pm-3pm at the Ornithology Center. Are vultures the only bird that scavenges? Join the naturalists to learn about these cool birds and how they survive. Free with park admission.
Oct 18 & 24 (F & Th): Books and Boots, 10am11:30am meeting at the Earth Discovery Center. Grab your hiking boots and head to the park! For the fall session, we will be reading Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith. This book celebrates seeds! How do seeds travel? Who eats seeds? Why do some seeds stick to us? Once we’ve finished the book, we will hit the trails and search for seeds. Come dressed for the weather. Sessions will be the same book and same explorations, but you are welcome to attend both. Recommended for ages 5-9 with an adult. Free with park admission.
Oct 21 (M): Homeschool Ornithology Club-Bird ID, Adaptations and Anatomy, 10am-11:30am at the Ornithology Center. Perfect for the young naturalist or
budding ornithologist aged 10-14. Each class will consist of a lesson, a bird watching count, in-class activities and a snack. Lesson topics will vary each week. Preregistration required. Ages 10-14, $10/student for individual class, $40/student for five class series, #19972.
Oct 23 (Tu): Hike & Seek, 2pm-3pm meeting at the Earth Discovery Center. Designed to be a true immersive experience for preschoolers with their parent. There is no set theme for these hikes. We will hike at the pace of our tiniest walkers, stopping to investigate things that interest us along the way. Children can best interact with nature when they are not confined to a stroller. If your child can walk, please plan to leave the stroller at home or in the car. If your child cannot walk, a sling, front carrier, or backpack carrier is preferred, though some trails will be stroller-friendly. This trail is around 1 mile in length, and we will encounter some hills. Free with park admission.
Oct 26 (Sa): Owl Festival, 9am-4pm at the Ornithology Center. Join us in celebrating our favorite night-time hunter. Enjoy a fun-filled day with hikes, crafts, live bird programs, and more! Perfect for the entire family! Find the event on our Facebook page (facebook.com/Ornithology. Center) for the event schedule and activities! Free with park admission.
Oct 26 (Sa): Owl Prowl & Campfire, 5pm-6:30pm at the Ornithology Center. Join our naturalists for an evening of owls, hikes, and stories by a fire. Learn about the owls that live in Indiana, drink hot chocolate and make s’mores around a campfire (all provided!), hear myths and legends about owls from around the world, and take a night hike to discover the owls of Eagle Creek Park! Children under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/adult (16+), $3/child (5-16), 4 years and under free, #20131.
Oct 29 (Tu): Little Ducklings-Vultures, 10:30am-11:30am at the Ornithology Center. Learn ways to engage your preschooler in nature and encourage their curiosity. A new topic will be introduced each class through hands-on activities, hikes, and stories. Class meets one Tues/month. Ages 2-6, $5/child, pre-registration required, #20494. Fee applies to child, but an adult must stay for the program.
Oct 31 (Th): Bird Halloween Party, 2pm-3pm at the Ornithology Center. Learn about the spooky birds, color and create fun crafts. Perfect for the entire family! Free with park admission.