Outdoor happenings center on Prophetstown State Park (link) this week. Wednesdays in the Wild, Sept. 4, will be held at the state park. Double check to make sure the meeting place is Prairie View Picnic Area (currently scheduled). Meet at 1 p.m. for this 2 hour program, Wings & Wildflowers. Angie Manuel, park naturalist, will lead this hike through the fen. Both prairie and fen plants will be seen on the hike. Watch for the crayfish hills and bog plants on this trail. Early fall plants are in bloom, aster, ironweed, goldenrod, white snakeroot are among the blooms seen. For this program only, gate fee will be waved. Stop at the gate and tell the keeper that you are attending the program and verify the meeting place.
Sept. 7: 10 a.m. Meet at the far east end parking lot for the new pre-school program, Seeds Are Super. This new series started this summer. It is designed for 3-5 y/o’s and their caregivers. Phone ahead to R.S.V.P. Story time, crafts and snack are included. Long pants and closed shoes are needed for the hike in the woods.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Amateur Radio in State Parks. Meet at the Meadowview Picnic Area for this program. Local amateur radio enthusiasts will be communicating with others throughout the state park system.
2 p.m. Hike the new trail 3. Meet at the far east (back) parking lot for this 2 hour hike. The trail is moderate, 3.5 miles, and goes out to the confluence of the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers.
Sept. 8: 1-4 p.m., Goldenrod Dyeing Projects at the Prophetstown Village. Join DNR interpreters as they work in the village. The village will be open for tours as well. First people’s and pioneers alike used the beautiful goldenrod to dye various items.
New at the park, the long-awaited trails 3 & 4 are now open. Accessed from Trail 2, trail 3 goes through the flood plain of Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers. Trail 4 veers off of 3, along the Tippe to Moot’s Creek. Trail 3 is considered moderate and 4 easy. When the water is high, these trails are closed.
Programs are free but, gate fee is charged. In-state car: $6, out of state car: $8.