Events and News

McCloud HoneyBee Fest

Our inaugural HoneyBee Fest was a huge success!  Over 400 visitors celebrated the honeybee with honey tasting and judging, a live hive, games, vendors, presentations, crafts and ice cream topped with honey!  We can’t wait for next year!

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The 2016 Hendricks County’s Favorite Honey was awarded to Terry Planke!


Support Establishment of a HoneyBee Observation Hive at McCloud

Each year, McCloud Nature Park is visited by over 30,000 people.  Our Nature Center welcomes many of those visitors, including school groups, scouts and families eager to learn and experience nature in all its wonder. We are excited to announce a new source of environment education and inspiration – an observation honeybee hive!

The observation honeybee hive will be located in the McCloud Nature Center, easily accessible to all visitors. The hive will be a window into the fascinating world of the honeybee and an amazing teaching tool for our naturalists.

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County is proud to partner with our Hendricks County Parks in creating a home in our parks for this indispensable pollinator. We are working hard to raise the funds needed to establish the observation hive and other hives throughout McCloud Nature Park. We would be so grateful for your donation!


Fall Colors Run

October 21st, 2017: 1-mile, 5K or 10K


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If you have been enjoying our beautiful spring weather at McCloud Nature Park, you might have noticed a large area on the banks of the Big Walnut cleared of brush and trees.   In an effort to save the creek bank from erosion and flooding, a wetlands is being developed in this floodplain.

Design – Once the landscape has been recontoured, two small ponds will appear along with new native plants and trees.  The wetlands will be surrounded by a 1/4 mile boardwalk with interpretive signage.  The 2,000+ students who visit McCloud each year on field trips will have a new source of environmental education!

Timeline – The land is close to being cleared and the recontouring will begin this spring.  Plantings will begin in July and August, with trees to planted in October along with boardwalk construction.   The wetlands should be completed this in the spring of 2017!

We will keep you updated on the progress with pictures and posts on our website and facebook.


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Hendricks County Parks Events Calendar

Hendricks County Parks and Recreation Event CalendarFind even more great events going on at the Hendricks County Parks! Click here to view the full list of upcoming events offered by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation.