VCPRD Programs

 2022 Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department
Programs & Special Events


For all Griffin Bike Park Events please click on the link below:
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Movie in the Park
Saturday, June 4th
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
All Ages & Free

Bring your family, friends, blankets, and chairs, and join us for Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department’s Movie in the Park Summer series with DeeJay Danny Wayne! Concessions for purchase begin at 9 p.m. Movie starts at SUNDOWN (approximately 9:30 p.m.). For more information contact our department at 812-462-3392 or email Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.


Vigo County Parks Adventure Summer Camp
Monday, June 20th – Friday, June 24th
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ages 10 – 15
Preregistration Required
$125 per person

Join us for our first-ever Adventure Summer Camp! Spend the week in Fowler Park and Griffin Bike Park mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, playing outdoor games and sports, and learning outdoor skills. Please note that lunch will not be provided. For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.

Register at: https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/TerreHaute/VigoCountyParksAdventureSummerCamp.


Explore the Vigo County Parks Hike
Year Around
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
All Ages & Free
 
Join us for our Explore the Vigo County Parks Hikes for a different park and trail each month. Distances will vary depending on the park and trail chosen. It is recommended to wear footwear appropriate for the season and to bring water from home to stay hydrated while on the trails. For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.

Blacksmithing Classes
Fowler Park Pioneer Village Blacksmith Shop
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages 10 and up
(Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone throughout the duration of the class)
Registration Required
$60 per person

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 including 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. Participants will be standing 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. To register call 812-462-3392 or email our Natural Resource Programmer at Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.


Summer in the Village
Fowler Park Pioneer Village
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All Ages!
Free Entry

Join us for Summer in the Village as our Pioneers open their cabins for all to explore. We are always looking for volunteers to join us in the Village. Summer in the Village is a great opportunity to talk with current volunteers and check out the different skills and activities you might like to learn. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information about the Fowler Park Pioneer Village please contact our Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.


Ice Skating in the Park!
Friday, July 22
Hawthorn Park – Dogwood Shelter
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ages 5+
$5 Participation Fee
30 Minute Skating Intervals
Pre-Registration Encouraged
 
Join the VCPRD Friday, July 22nd at Hawthorn Park from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for Ice Skating in the Park! We will have a skating rink and $1 train rides courtesy of DIY Rentals. Pre-registration is highly encouraged as spots will fill up quickly! To register, please call our administrative office at 812-462-3392 or email our Rec Coordinator at Rec.Coordinator@VigoCounty.IN.gov. We hope to hear from you!
 
NOTE: There is a $5 fee for each participant and each participant will have 30 minutes of skate time. Ice skates will be provided as a part of your participation fee. The smallest-sized skates provided by DIY Rentals are a youth size 9 and the largest size are adult size 13. This is an ICE-LESS ice skating rink and participants should dress according to the summer temperatures and weather conditions. This event is open to participants ages 5 and up. All children ages 13 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. Train rides will be available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thanks in advance.

50th Annual Pioneer Days
Fowler Park Pioneer Village
Saturday, October 1st – Sunday, October 2nd
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All Ages!
$5 per Vehicle

Join the VCPRD on October 1 & 2 as we step back in time during our 50th annual Pioneer Days. Experience the way of life lived by Pioneers of Indiana during the 1800s-1840s. There will be children’s activities, live music, hands-on activities, authentic food, vendors, historical cabins & covered bridge, demonstrations, pioneer skills presentations, musical performers, and much more! Come on out to Fowler Park for Pioneer Days… Making History Fun for 50 years! For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.


Fowler Park Hayride!
Fowler Park Log Barn
Friday, October 28th
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
All Ages!
$3 Tickets

Join the VCPRD on Friday, October 28th at Fowler Park from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for family-friendly hayrides! Rides will leave from the Foltz Cabin directly across from the Fowler Park Log Barn. 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 28th
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Ages 13+
$5 Registration Fee

Be afraid, be very afraid and join us for the third annual Fowler Park After Dark! On Friday, October 28th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 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!


Christmas Walk
Fowler Park Pioneer Village
Friday, December 1st, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3rd, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
All Ages!
Free Entry

Join the VCPRD for our annual Christmas Walk. Walk our Pioneer Village by Candlelight as our Volunteer exhibit holiday traditions from the early 1800s. There will be children’s activities, live music, historical cabins & covered bridge, demonstrations, pioneer skills presentations, musical performers, and much more! For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or Sean.Sluyter@vigocounty.in.gov.