VCPRD Programs


Build a Squirrel Feeder
Thursday, January 23
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fowler Park-Log Barn
Ages 8 and up
$2 / person (cash only please)
Min. 8/ Max. 20
Registration Required by 1/17/20

Let’s celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21st) by building a backyard squirrel feeder! This program will begin outside the Log Barn where participants will learn about and observe the behaviors and characteristics of squirrels in Fowler Park. The majority of the program will be spent indoors where participants will build their individual wooden squirrel feeder. To register please email or call our Administrative Office at 812-462-3392.

Nature Hiking Series for Homeschoolers
January 29, February 19
March 25, April 22, & May 20
1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
*Locations change each month:
January: Hawthorn Park- Burkeybyle Shelter
February: Fowler Park- Brentlinger Shelter
March: Dewey Point- Wabashiki Trail
April: Prairie Creek- Elliott Woods Trailhead
May: Hawthorn Park- Dogwood Shelter
Ages 7 & up/ Free
Min. 5/ Max. 15
Registration required one week prior to hike

Buffalo Soldiers Winter Ride
Saturday, February 1
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Griffin Bike Park
All Ages/ $10 per rider
Ages 18 & under ride free!

Vigo County Parks Gardening Club Call Out Meeting
Wednesday, February 5
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Fowler Park: Log Barn
All Ages

Maple Sugarin’ Days Pop-Up Programs
February – Mid March
When the white smoke is rolling out of the Sugar Cabin Chimney
Prairie Creek Park, Sugar Cabin
All Ages

History of Maple Syrup
Saturday, February 15
12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Prairie Creek Park-Sugar Cabin
All Ages

Great Backyard Bird Count
Friday, February 14- Monday, February 17
Fowler Park, Brentlinger Shelter
7:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.
All Ages

Maple Sugarin’ Days Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, March 1
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Prairie Creek Park, Maple Shelter
All Ages

Elliott Woods/ Prairie Creek (EWPC) Spring Hiking Club
March 13 & 27/ April 10 & 24/
May 8 & 22/ June 5 & 19
Prairie Creek Park, Elliott Woods Trailhead
All Ages

Hawthorn Spring Hiking Club
March 17 & 31/ April 14 & 28/
May 12 & 26/ June 9
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
J.I. Case Wetland Parking Lot/ Hawthorn Park
All Ages

Wildlife Facebook Photo Competition
Monday, March 9- Saturday, March 14
All Vigo County Parks
All Ages
Details TBA soon!

Spring Flower Hike
Wednesday, April 8
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Elliott Woods/ Prairie Creek Park
All Ages

Intro to Blacksmithing
3rd Saturdays of the month
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Fowler Park: Blacksmith Shop
Ages 10 & up
Ages 18 & under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult)
Registration required

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Saturday, April 4
Fowler Park: Log Barn
11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
For VCPRD Volunteers only
RSVP by Friday, March 20

Friday, May 1, 2020

Fowler Park Beach Opening Date
Saturday, May 30

Summer in the Village Series
May- September
3rd Saturdays of the Month
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Fowler Park, Pioneer Village
All Ages

Movie in the Parks Summer Series
Fridays, May 29, June 26, July 24, August 21
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
May- Fowler Park-Shelter A
June- Lee Fields Park- Baseball Field
July- Hawthorn Park- Field adjacent to the Dogwood Shelter
August- Prairie Creek Park- Softball Field
All Ages
Free (Concessions for purchase)

Campground Nature Programs
Hawthorn Park Campgrounds: May 7/ June 4/ July 2/ August 6
Fowler Park Campgrounds: May 14/ June 11/ July 9/ August 13
Prairie Creek Park Campgrounds: May 21/ June 18/ July 16/ August 20
111:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m.
All Ages

Summertime Nature Arts & Crafts
Monday, June 1: Lee Fields Park
Monday, July 6: South 7th Street Park
Monday, August 3: Lee Fields Park
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Creepy Crawly Fest
Saturday, June 6
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hawthorn Park: Burkeybyle Shelter
All Ages

Wabashiki Full Moon/Night Ride
May 9 through December 23
Dates to coincide with the full moon.
Dewey Point Trailhead-Wabashiki Wetlands Trail
All ages-Adult supervision required for ages 13 & under
$5/donation per person requested (cash only please)

Griffin Bike Park Festival
September 11-13
Festival Begins: Friday, September 11
7:00 p.m.
Griffin Bike Park
All Ages and Skill Levels
$15 All Classes
Free rides throughout the weekend
Registration online coming soon

Pioneer Days
Saturday, October 3 – Sunday, October 4
9:00 a.m. – 5:00
Fowler Park: Pioneer Village     
All Ages
$5 per vehicle                                                                                                                                                                     

Step back in time during our 48th annual Pioneer Days in Fowler Park’s 19th century log cabin village. Experience the way of the life lived by Pioneers of Indiana during the 1830s-1840s. There will be children’s activities, live music, hands-on activities, authentic food, vendors, historical cabins & covered bridge, demonstrations, pioneer skills presentations, muzzleloader camp, and much more. Come on out to Fowler Park for Pioneer Days…Making History Fun!
Volunteer, crafter & vendor applications are available online at starting Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Fall Foliage Hike & DIY Field Guide Series
Wednesdays, October 14 & 21/ November 4 & 18
October 14- Hawthorn Park
October 21- Prairie Creek Park
November 4- Elliott Woods
November 18- Fowler Park
All Ages & Free

Winter Solstice Night Hike & Story Telling
Monday, December 21
7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Hawthorn Park: Dogwood Shelter
All Ages

Christmas Walk
Friday, December 4& Saturday, December 5
Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
All Ages
Free General Admission/Parking
Hot drinks, sweet treats, crafts & carriage rides for purchase

Walk through the village and visit our pioneer volunteers in their cozy 19th century cabins. For a small fee, enjoy carriage rides, crafts, hot drinks, and sweet treats. Stop into our Gift Shop for many homemade items.