VCPRD Programs

 2024 Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department
Programs & Special Events

For all Griffin Bike Park Events please click on the link below:
Griffin Bike Park Events


  • 3rd Sundance Skills Clinics Buffalo Soldiers Winter Ride 
  • Tentatively Every Saturday- Maple Syrup Boiling at Prairie Creek
  • 17th Pancake Breakfast 8:30 am at Prairie Creek Maple Shelter
  • 24th Kids Maple Syrup Hike at Prairie Creek


  • 25th – 29th Spring Break Camp at Fowler Park


  • April 8th Total Eclipse of the Haute Eclipse Viewing at Fowler Park 
  • 8th Total Eclipse of the Haute “Daytime Night Ride” at Griffin Bike Park
  • 14th Plant ID Hike at Prairie Creek with Vigo Invasives Management
  • 20th and 21st Kids Youth Turkey Weekend Hunt at Ruble Park
  • 22nd Earth Day Celebration at Wabashiki
  • 27th Steel Dynamics GM Gravel Grinder 
  • Griffin Bike Park Team begins 

Kids Maple Syrup Hike
February 24th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 8+
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Join us for a hike at Prairie Creek to enjoy the winter scenery and learn about maple syrup making! View the process from tree tapping all the way to syrup boiling and bottling. For more information or to register call 812-462-3392 or email our Natural Resource Programmer at [email protected]

Spring Break Adventure Day Camp
March 25th – 29th 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ages 10-15 
$150 Registration
Preregistration required
Join us for our  Adventure Spring Break Camp! Spend the week in Fowler Park and Griffin Bike Park mountain biking, hiking, fishing, playing outdoor games and sports, and learning outdoor skills. For more information contact our Natural Resource Programmer at 812-462-3392 or [email protected]

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing
April 8th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All Ages Welcome
Free Admission
Join the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department at Fowler Park as we celebrate and observe the total solar eclipse taking place over Indiana. Walk through the Pioneer Village and visit our volunteers in their 19th century cabins. There will be children’s science activities, food trucks, market vendors and more! Be sure to head over to Griffin Bike Park for a once in a lifetime Daytime Night Ride! Experts, Beginners and Kids are all welcome! Group rides will be led throughout the day by age and experience level. 

Mass neutral start for all categories – 11 AM
Check-in and registration begin at 9 AM
Located at 10700 Bono Road, Terre Haute, IN 47802
Parking at the site.
$40 Pre-registration fee until April 19th. $50 until April 25th and $60 Day of Entry. Your registration is a donation to Griffin Bike Park.
The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department presents a Springtime Gravel race with fabulous views of well-known attractions like Garbage Mountain (the local dump) both out and inbound, ride by many pork and turkey farms, and over Numerous train tracks in this Lil more than a Metric long course. There will also be a medium-length course that cuts off the final loop at the Sag stop. This will be an all-weather event (barring serious weather) so dress accordingly. The course is a mix of chunky gravel, dirt roads, a bit of pavement, a few hills, and probably lots of mud.
There will be timing/placing for the top 3 in each class, course marshals, and signs to mark the route. GPS devices ARE advised and course route files are available on RideWithGPS. You will find yourself in the middle of Nowhere, Indiana. Often. This is NOT road bike friendly.
Min 1 sag stop will be provided at the 35-mile area. And 2 sag vehicles will be on the course at all times.
Veteran Long Course
Novice Long Course
Veteran Medium Course
Novice Medium Course

Blacksmithing Classes
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fowler Park Pioneer Village
Ages 10+
$60 Registration
Preregistration Required
Check out the blacksmithing classes at Fowler Park! Participants will learn how to operate a blacksmith forge, understand the parts of an anvil, and the uses of various hand tools in the blacksmith shop. They’ll also get to shape metal using learned techniques including forging a curve, a twist, a square, and more! Join the VCPRD for blacksmithing! Classes fill up quickly so make sure to register ahead of time by calling 812-462-3392 or by emailing our Natural Resource Programmer at [email protected].

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