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Fall Foliage Watch 2015

McCloud Fall

Autumn has arrived in our Hendricks County ParksMcCloud, Sodalis and the Vandalia Trail! 

Our trees are expected to peak in a blaze of orange, red and yellow the second to third week of October.  Check back here to stay updated on the foliage as Fall rolls through with pictures from our Parks.


October 23, 2015 @ McCloud Nature Park – Fall foliage is peaking!  

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October 20, 2015 @ Sodalis and McCloud Nature Park – Prime leaf peeping!IMG_1916-001 - Copy IMG_1948 - Copy

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October 13, 2015 @ Vandalia Trail – Tunnel of color and a chickent!

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October 11, 2015 @ McCloud Nature Park – Color has arrived! 

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October 7, 2015 @ Sodalis Nature Park – Fog cleared this morning just in time to reveal some peeks of Fall colors at Sodalis!

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October 3, 2015 @ McCloud Nature Park – Chilly, cloudy day but the beauty of McCloud never disappoints!  Still waiting on some more color!

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September 27, 2015 @ Sodalis Nature Park – Fall color is coming!

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September 26, 2015  @ McCloud Nature Park – Just a few peaks of color today

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September 23, 2016 @ McCloud Nature Park

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Introducing our new blog!

Welcome to Maple’s Moments!

Maple the Fox is the mascot for the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County.  Maple can often be found exploring our incredible Hendricks County Parks – McCloud, Sodalis and the Vandalia Trail.  Maple’s explorations will be shared on this blog as well as on Facebook and Instagram.  So please follow along!

Our first journey begins right here, on the new Parks Foundation website!  Our hope is to bring the Parks to you, so you are able to experience the wonder of our Parks and the excitement of our programs, projects and events, between your visits.  This site will also be your source for supporting our Parks.

Here are a few of my favorite places during a virtual visit:

Pictures!  An online photo gallery of us enjoying the Parks!  We post all our pictures of Parks happenings and want to post yours too.  So send us your pictures as you explore our Parks!

The Arboretum! Soon all wildlife we have a new place to roam, the Arboretum at McCloud Nature Park!  The Arboretum will provide environmental education and a venue to bring people together to enjoy and appreciate nature.  It will be a large expanse of trees, shrubs and flowers arranged in a large circle 300-feet in diameter with each of our four Indiana ecosystems represented and easily accessible.   Interpretive signage and walkways will be found throughout.  The Arboretum will be a unique natural attraction in the Midwest and a source of education and enjoyment for close to 20,000 children and adults in its first year, as well as a venue for gatherings and festivities.

Supporting our Parks! Join the community is supporting our Hendricks County Parks.  Joining our efforts to enhance and expand a natural Hendricks County is just a click away.  Donate!

Looking forward to our explorations of our Hendricks County Parks!

Native Plant Sale

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Native Plant & Tree Sale

April 16, 2016 – 9:00AM to 1:00PM

Sodalis Nature Park, Plainfield

Online Sales OPEN March 1 – Pre-order & Save!

Hendricks County is going Native with trees, plants,  and shrubs!
Natives are the perfect addition to your landscape:   
  • Thrive in Indiana soils and climate
  • Provide food and habitat for wildlife
  • Add beauty and interest in landscape
  • Help to create and preserve the biodiversity
  • Are vital part of Indiana’s natural heritage
Whether you are new to natives or a “purist,” our sale will have it all!
  • 1,000s of Native Plants and Trees – including rare varieties
    • Native Plants – 2 3/8″ pots for $4.00 each.
    • Native Trees and Shrubs  – 1-gallon pot – $30.00      3-gallon pot – $45.00
  • Plant Selection assistance by our naturalist and Hendricks County Master Gardeners
  • Expert Demonstrations at 9am, 10am, 11am and noon
  • Save .50 per plant and 20% off trees and shrubs when you pre-order online.       Pick-up is at the event on April 16.

PLANT LIST

Expert Presentation, Demonstration and Assistance

Spend the day at Sodalis Nature Park planning your spring garden with assistance of native experts.  Our naturalist and master gardeners will help you choose the plants that are right for your home.  Plants will be categorized by Woods Edge (Part-Sun), Woodland (shade), Prairie (sun), Water’s Edge, Rain Garden, and Butterfly Food.  Plant descriptions will be provided for you to take home.

9:00 AM      Why Natives? – Colletta Kosiba, Advanced Master Gardener, Advanced Indiana Master Naturalist, Honeywell Award for Horticulture, National Garden Crusader Award, feature writer and speaker

10:00 AM    Attracting Wildlife with Natives – John Chapin, Danville, local landscaper and retired teacher

11:00 AM     Native Plant Landscape Design –  Dawn Stelts, Woody’s Warehouse, native tree expert, owner Native Habitat Developers

12:oo PM      To Be Announced (but exciting!)

For more information on things to see and do in the area go to VisitHendricksCounty.com or call 800-321-9666.

Thank you North Salem State Bank for supporting this event!

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