We manage more than 500 acres of parkland, including 13 parks and four greenways. Our nature programming helps the community get connected to our many natural resources.
Nature is for all ages, all year, from parent/child programs all the way through adults ages 18+! Join us to learn about everything from birding, nature apps, tapping maple trees, learning about the history of our parks and more! These interpretive and educational programs will surely leave you feeling connected to the natural resources that surround you.
All of our programs are inclusive. If you or your family member would like to participate in any program or use our facility, we can make modifications to meet your needs. Requests for modifications must be made at least one month before participation.
Does your child require an ADA modification? Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will conduct an assessment on your child to determine if a 1:1 ratio is needed to assist your child. If it is determined based on your child’s assessment that a 1:1 ratio is required, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will assign a qualified staff member(s) within 30 days from the assessment date to work directly with your child. Participation may not begin until Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation assigns your child a staff member.
To schedule your child’s assessment please contact Michelle Yadon, Monon Community Center Inclusion Supervisor, at 317.573.5245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Explore the outdoors with us & sign up for one of our Nature Programs!
Camping is a fun activity that also requires some knowledge about navigation and fire-building. Choose one or both classes! Together we will learn fire building techniques and fire safety skills. Once our fire is built, we'll enjoy hotdogs and roasted marshmallows. We will also learn about using a compass and ma orienting for when you go on lone hikes. This program is for ages 11 to 14.
Your young explorer will build an appreciation for nature as they discover the great outdoors through hikes, songs, and art projects. Adults will gain knowledge and skills for teaching children about the natural world around them with both indoor and outdoor experiences. Be sure to join us for a new adventure each month!
This program is for kiddos ages 1 - 6.
Bring the whole family out to the trails! Join our resident naturalist on a hike through our parks. You will observe the night time songs of birds, movement of wildlife and maybe even hear an owl call! Please dress for the weather and wear clothing and shoes that can get dirty. A flashlight or headlamp is required and binoculars are optional. Registration is per family.
Beauty is all around us. Together with our naturalist, you will create DIY art by using fresh and dry materials from our parks. Each month, you will make a new themed project for holiday décor and gifts including bouquets, table arrangements and wreaths. You will also learn about what you should and should not take from the forest, and how this activity helps the forest grow.
Do you ever look across a landscape or wander in the woods and wonder what types of trees are around you? If so, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn how to identify trees by their leaves, bark and location. We will stroll in the woods to identify trees and enjoy the beautiful fall season! No previous experience is required, and all nature enthusiasts are welcome!