To celebrate 100 years of Indiana State Parks the DNR has a great series of educational programs designed to teach the public as much as possible about birds and snakes. You won’t want to miss these great displays at the show!
DNR LE Canines:
Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team will be here with their k-9 partners. The public will have the opportunity to witness demonstrations of how these dogs are used to detect wildlife, conduct evidence searches and man tracking. The public will also have the opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners on a personal level.
The Indiana Conservation Officers newly designed ATV will be on hand to promote ATV safety. This beautiful machine was refurbished and brought back to life in a way that is eye catching and exciting. Officers will be on hand to pass out ATV safety information as well.
Jarrett Manek and staff of O’Bannon Woods State Park perform the “Snakes Alive, Snake Buffett” ; bringing a dozen native species of snakes, both venomous and non-venomous to look at in a safe, but close environment. From large to small, these snakes provoke intrigue and lots of stories for kids and parents alike. Whether you are young or old, you can get the opportunity to see these unusual animals up close and maybe even touch a non-venomous one.
The education raptors from Hardy Lake’s Dwight Chamberlain Raptor center are non-releasable birds of prey that travel throughout the State as education ambassadors. The raptor center at Hardy Lake also serves as one of our State owned bird of prey rehabilitation center and takes in, on average, 100 injured or orphaned birds each year. The center is run through a cooperative effort between the Indiana Division of State Parks and the non-profit group Friends of Hardy Lake.