Charlestown State Park celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, while also dedicating the Nature Nook, located at the Park Office.
The colors were presented by Boy Scout Troop 4007 (Sellersburg) and the National Anthem was sang by Skylar Green (Charlestown High School junior) as Indiana State Parks South Region Manager Lucas Green led the event.
Charlestown Mayor Treva Hodges proclaimed the day, “Charlestown State Park Day,” while also sharing remarks on the rich history of the park and its positive impact on the city. Read the proclamation here.
Comments from Ginger Murphy, the Indiana State Parks Deputy Director of Stewardship, touched on the benefits of the vast state parks system.
Green, who will be leaving his position at Charlestown State Park, thanked the many involved in creating the Nature Nook, but also those who put in time and talents over the years. Among them are the Friends of Charlestown State Park organization, made up of dedicated volunteers. Applause was given to the parks staff for their efforts as well.
The Nature Nook will be open to the public year-round featuring live animal exhibits, a wildlife viewing area, a program room, and interpretive panels about park history, flora, and fauna.
A generous donation from the Emma Snyder Trust helped create the Nature Nook. Built by the park staff, the design and interpretive spaces also have a local touch with nearby artists who created the murals painted on the walls.
Upcoming events at Charlestown State Park include a Haunting Good Time interpretive programs from Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct 25. Programs part of the weekend include tours of Rose Island, scavenger hunts, crafts (tie die T-shirts), campground trick or treating, campsite decorating contests, and more.
The monthly Full Moon Hike Series continues Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Participants need to meet at the Trail 3 and 4 parking lot for the rugged 3-mile hike. Good shoes, a hiking stick and a red flashlight are recommended.
If interested in becoming a member of the Friends of Charlestown State Park, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on Charlestown State Park can be found here.