VCPRD Programs

 2021 Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department
Programs & Special Events


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Hawthorn Summer Hiking Club
Wednesday Evenings
June 23- September 22
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hawthorn Park: Labyrinth Entrance
All Ages & Free
 
Join us for our Hawthorn Summer Hiking Club Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.! 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 wear footwear appropriate for summer weather and bring water from home to stay hydrated while on the trails.

For more information, contact our Natural Resource Programmer Sean Sluyter at 812-462-3392 or at Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.

Yoga in the Park
Hawthorn Park: Labyrinth
Sundays, July 11 – September 19
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Ages 10 & up (All children must be accompanied by an adult)
$8/participant (cash only, please)

This is an all-level class that focuses on breath and postures to help align, strengthen, and develop flexibility in the body. Yoga has been shown to decrease stress, increase balance, and promote a sense of wellbeing. Start your week off right! Learn basic yoga movements to rejuvenate your mind and body with instructor, Kelly Doan. Bring a mat or blanket for yoga on the Labyrinth in Hawthorn Park.


Intro to Blacksmithing
Fowler Park: Pioneer Village Blacksmith Shop
Saturday, September 18
Saturday, October 16
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$60/ Participant
Ages 10 & Up*
(Ages 10-17 must be accompanied and supervised by a chaperone at all times)

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 will be provided for this class. Participants will be standing for the majority of the day. Chairs will be provided for periods of rest. The class fee includes class materials and lunch for each participant/chaperone. No extra cost for chaperones. 

To register, call 812-462-3392 or email our Natural Resource Programmer at Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.


Hawthorn Fall Hiking Club
Wednesday Evenings
September 29- December 15
6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Hawthorn Park: Labyrinth Entrance
All Ages & Free
 
Join us for our Hawthorn Summer Hiking Club Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.! 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 wear footwear appropriate for fall weather and bring water from home to stay hydrated while on the trails. Also, don’t forget to bring a flashlight or headlamp to light up the trails once the sunsets. 

For more information, contact our Natural Resource Programmer Sean Sluyter at 812-462-3392 or at Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.


Pioneer Days

Saturday, October 2 -Sunday, October 3
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fowler Park Pioneer Village
All Ages
$5/ Vehicle

Step back in time during our 49th annual Pioneer Days in our 19th-century log cabin village. Experience the way of 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, and much more. Come on out to Fowler Park for Pioneer Days… Making History Fun!

Interested in volunteering or becoming a vendor? Please contact our Natural Resource Programmer at Sean.Sluyter@VigoCounty.in.gov.

Volunteer, Pioneer Craft Vendor/Demonstrator, Craft Vendor, and Food Vendor applications will be available May 1, 2021.


Pumpkin Carving Contest
Friday, October 15
Hawthorn Park – Dogwood Shelter
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
All Ages Welcome
$5 Registration Fee

Join the VCPRD Friday, October 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dogwood Shelter in Hawthorn Park for a Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Pumpkins and carving implements will be provided to participants. All participants under the age of 13 must be supervised by an adult at all times and will require parental supervision during all carving- and scooping-related activities.

Registration is required for this event and there is a $5 registration fee that can be paid upon arrival at the park. Please register by the registration deadline, Wednesday, October 13th by 4 p.m. Participants can register by calling the VCPRD administrative office at 812-462-3392 or emailing our Recreational Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov! We hope to see you there!



Fowler Park Hayride!
Fowler Park – Beach Parking Lot
Friday, October 29th 
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
All Ages!
$3 Tickets

Join the VCPRD on Friday, October 29th at Fowler Park from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for family-friendly hayrides! Rides will leave from the beach parking lot and tickets are $3 per person. This event is open to all ages and includes a brief ride through the Fowler Park Pioneer Village and around the park! If you have questions about this event, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3392 or email our Rec Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov! We hope to see you there!


Fowler Park After Dark
Fowler Park Log Barn
Friday, October 29th 
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ages 13+
$5 Registration Fee

Be afraid, be very afraid and join us for the second annual Fowler Park After Dark! On Friday, October 29th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the VCPRD will be offering a haunted Halloween tour through Fowler Park Pioneer Village! Participants will meet at the Fowler Park Log Barn and will be guided through the village if they dare! Ghosts and ghouls lurk around every corner! 

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for this event, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3392 or email our Rec Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov! Happy haunting!

NOTE: Tours will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Barn parking lot. Auxiliary parking is available in the beach parking lot. There is a 10 participant maximum for each guided tour so make sure to arrive early to get registered! The registration fee for this event is $5 and can be paid upon arrival! This is a haunted event and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Thanks in advance!