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Program helps kids learn nature

– Kids ages 8 to 12 who want to learn more about nature and share their knowledg, should consider the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist day camp July 14 to 18 at Ouabache State Park in Bluffton.

On Monday through Thursday, the camp will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Program provides children with hands-on opportunities to learn about Indiana’s plants, water, soil and wildlife from natural resource specialists. It also provides a way to discover environmental stewardship through volunteer service.

Class size is limited to 25 students.

The fee is $70 per student, who must register by July 7. The standard park entrance fee will be waived for students during class.

For registration or more information, contact Jody Heaston, Indiana parks volunteer coordinator, at jheaston@dnr.IN.gov or 437-8650, or visit Ouabache State Park, 4930 E. Indiana 201, Bluffton.

Hoagland trap shooter named to Hall of Fame

Hoagland’s Garl Gresley was inducted into the Indiana Trap Shooter Hall of Fame. Gresley has 26 trophies for the Indiana State Shoot, including the 2012 singles championship.

He also has trophies at the Ohio State Shoot, the Southern Grand and the Grand American. In 2010, he was the Southern Grand singles champion, and in 2013, he was a member of the Sub-Veteran ATA All-American second team and men’s first-team Indiana All-State shooter.

Ouabache to celebrate Smokey Bear birthday

There will be a birthday bash for Smokey Bear at 5:30 p.m. July 5 at Ouabache State Park. The event will feature cookies, punch, a bicycle parade and more.

Participants in the free program should meet at the Campview shelter. Donations will be accepted.

State parks gate fees apply: $5 per in-state vehicle, $7 per out-of-state vehicle. For more information, call 260-468-2127.

Senior luncheon July 7 at Lost Bridge area

There will be a senior carry-in luncheon for ages 50 and older July 7 at the Salamonie Interpretive Center in Andrews’ Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.

After the meal, Boy Scouts of America district executive Steve Higgins will present the history and purpose of the Boy Scouts.

Attendees should bring table service, a prepared dish to share and a $1 donation for the provided main dish.

To register, or for more information, call 260-468-2127.

Salamonie to have preschool fishing day

There will be a Salamonie preschool Fishing Fun event for children and adults from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 9.

Kids will learn fish parts, make a craft and play games at Salamonie Interpretive Center.

Each program is designed to enhance the preschooler’s basic education and includes learning the alphabet, building a craft, social interaction with other children and spending time outdoors with a nature-related theme.

It’s $2 per child. Register by calling 260-468-2127.

Salamonie Lake plans night hike July 12

There will be a night hike on Salamonie Lake at 9 p.m. July 12 to learn about nocturnal animals. This is for all ages and will last about an hour. Hikers are asked to arrive about 8:45 p.m.

To register, call 260-468-2127.

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