View and learn about the different kinds of fish, taken from the Patoka Refuge waters, that will be on display in the ORSANCO 2000 gallon fish tank. See a live birds of prey presentation by Talon Trust, and learn about “Archeology in your Community” presented by Rachel Sharkey from the IDNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology. For the history buffs, Preston Richardt will present a program on the Wabash & Erie Canal that will be followed by a bus tour to the canal location on Refuge property. There will also be a bus tour of the Patoka River NWR guided by a Refuge staff member. Information will be available for those wishing to do a self-guided driving tour of the Refuge.
More than 20 organizations are sponsoring booths this year. Come learn about nature, the environment, and conservation. Try your hand at casting a fly rod with members of the Ohio Valley Fly Rod Club. Bring your artifacts for identification. See an active bee hive, raptors, and box turtles. A variety of craft activities will be available for children. Free native bare-root seedlings will be available while supplies last.
Food by the Backyard Boyz BBQ and fish by the Oakland City Eagles Lodge will be available for purchase. The event and parking are free and open to the public.
Schedule of Events
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: All exhibit booths open
ORSANCO 2000 gallon fish tank viewing open
Children’s craft building open
Self-driving guided Refuge tour information available
Free native bare-root seedlings available while they last
Food available for purchase
9:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Refuge bus tour (limited seating)
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Birds of Prey by Talon Trust (*Birds of Prey will be present at Talon Trust exhibit booth after presentation for those wishing to go on the bus tour and see the birds of prey.)
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.: “Archeology in Your Community” by Rachel Sharkey from the INDNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology. Rachel will be available to identify artifacts at the Archeology booth before and after her program.
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Presentation of award(s)
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.: “The History of the Wabash & Erie Canal” by Preston Richardt
12:45 - 2:00 p.m.: Bus tour to Wabash & Erie Canal site(s) located on the PRNWR (limited seating)