VCPRD Programs

2020 Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department
Programs & Special Events


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Hawthorn Fall Hiking Club
Tuesday Evenings
September 23 – December 16
7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Hawthorn Park: Labyrinth Entrance
All Ages & Free
Join us for our Hawthorn Fall Hiking Club starting September 23rd! We will be hiking the trails of Hawthorn Park and J.I. Case Wetland Wildlife Refuge totaling approximately 2.5 – 3 miles. It is recommended to bring water from home to stay hydrated on the trails and a flash light for when the sun goes down in the fall months.

For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer at Laura.Maloney@VigoCounty.in.gov 

Elliott Woods & Prairie Creek Park Summer Nature Hiking Series
Thursday, September 17
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Prairie Creek Park: Persimmon Shelter
All Ages & Free

Join us for this summer’s Elliott Woods-Prairie Creek Park (EWPCP) Summer Nature Hiking Series! Learn about nature as we trek the trails of Elliott Woods Nature Preserve and Prairie Creek Park. Please take into consideration the heat of summer and remember to water from home and to dress accordingly. The hike will cover approximately 3.5-4 miles.

For more information please contact our Natural Resource Programmer at Laura.Maloney@VigoCounty.in.gov. 


Intro to Blacksmithing
Saturday, September 26
Saturday, October 24
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fowler Park: Blacksmith Shop
$60/person
Ages 10 & up
Ages under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult
Registration and payment required one week prior to desired class date.

Work with experienced blacksmiths to learn how to operate a blacksmith forge, understand the parts of an anvil, and the uses for various hand tools in the blacksmith shop. Each participant will shape metal using learned techniques include forging a curve, twist, point, square – octagon – round taper, cutting stock, heating techniques, and fire management. Participants must not wear synthetic clothing for this class. Personal protection equipment provided onsite. Lunch provided for this class. Participants will be standing a majority of the day. Chairs will be provided for periods of rest.

Registration and payment required at least one week prior to desired class date. Class dates with available spots include: September 26th and October 24th.

To Register Call 812-462-3392 or email our Natural Resource Programmer: Laura.Maloney@VigoCounty.in.gov. Please make checks made payable to Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department and mailed to 155 Oak Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807


Wabashiki Full Moon/Night Ride
Saturday, October 10
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dewey Point Trailhead-Wabashiki Wetlands Trail

Join us at Dewey Point Trailhead for a fun night bike ride along Wabashiki Trail.
All ages-Adult supervision required for ages 13 & under. Don’t forget to bring helmets! $5/donation per person requested (cash only please).

For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or Laura.Maloney@vigocounty.on.gov.



Various Vigo County Parks
September-October
Ages 5+
$10 Registration Fee/Person
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The VCPRD is excited to unveil the 2020 Trail Run Series! Races will be held on the following dates at the following parks:

  • Sunday, September 27th at Hawthorn Park from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 2nd at Fowler Park from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Runners will traverse mystery courses at Prairie Creek, Hawthorn, and Fowler Parks! This is a cup-less event so make sure to bring a water bottle or drink carrier.  

Runners will participate in one of the following classes:

  • Under 18 Boys and Girls
  • Over 18 Men
  • Over 18 Women

There is a $10 entry fee per trail run. Ribbons will be awarded to the top 3 finishers of each run. To register, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3392, message us on social media, or email our Recreational Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov. We hope to see you there!


Pioneer Days CANCELLED
Saturday, October 3 – Sunday, October 4
9:00 a.m. – 5:00
p.m.

Fowler Park: Pioneer Village     
All Ages
                                                       

The 48th annual in-person Pioneer Days has officially been cancelled, as decided during the VCPRD monthly board meeting on Monday, August 24th. This decision was made due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the region, concerns over the ability to effectively enforce social-distancing and sanitation efforts as mandated by the Governor’s Executive Orders throughout the duration of the event, and the overall health risk to our volunteers. This decision was not made lightly, however, the health and well-being of our community is of upmost importance. Stay tuned as we currently work on a virtual Pioneer Days option for all to enjoy. We appreciate your patience, understanding and support during these challenging times.       


Pumpkin Carving Contest
Friday, October 9
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Prairie Creek Park – Persimmon Shelter
All Ages Welcome
$3/person
Registration Required by 10/7/20

Join the VCPRD at Prairie Creek Park’s Persimmon Shelter on Friday, October 9th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for some spooky fun! Pumpkins, carving implements, and tarps/newspapers will be provided. Wow our judges (our staff/volunteers) with your pumpkin carving expertise! First prize: TBD. All ages welcome. Participants ages 13 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. To register, call our administrative office at 812-462-3391 or email our Recreational Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov.


Movie in the Park: Hocus Pocus
Friday, October 23
Prairie Creek Park: Softball Field
Movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
Concessions for purchase begin at 6:30 p.m.
All Ages Welcome/ Movie Rated PG
Free

Bring your family, friends, blankets and chairs and join us for Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department’s Movie in the Park with DeeJay Danny Wayne! Concessions for purchase begin at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m.
 
***IMPORTANT: We will be asking all attendees to adhere to six-feet social distancing efforts. Masks must be worn when in close proximity to those outside your household. Until further notice community drinking fountains are closed. Feel free to pack a picnic of treats for you and your family to enjoy through the movie.
For more information call 812-462-3392 or email: Laura.Maloney@VigoCounty.in.gov

Fowler Park After Dark 
Friday, October 30
6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Shelter A – Fowler Park 
Ages 13+

Join the VCPRD at the Fowler Park Pioneer Village for Fowler Park After Dark! This is the perfect event for fear loving friends of the park! We will be showing When a Stranger Calls (rated PG-13; run time: 1 hour 27 min) in the field next to Shelter A at Fowler Park! Concessions will begin at 6:30 and the movie will begin at 7:15. But wait! There’s more! We will have a spooky surprise for our movie-goers before the start of the movie! We can’t wait to see you! 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3391 or email our Recreational Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov.

***IMPORTANT: We will be asking all attendees to adhere to six-feet social distancing efforts. Masks must be worn when in close proximity to those outside your household. Until further notice community drinking fountains are closed. Feel free to pack a picnic of treats for you and your family to enjoy through the movie.


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.