Hamilton County Parks and Duke Energy bring nature education programs to the streets – Hamilton County Reporter
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation (HCPR) has officially introduced a state-of-the-art educational resource. This is an enclosed trailer that acts as a nature center on wheels. Thanks to funding provided by the Duke Energy Foundation, this unique project he ramped up in 2017, but came to a temporary halt during the pandemic.
Duke Energy’s Government and Community Relations Manager, Mark LaBarr, helped secure some of the funding early on in the project, helping to purchase the trailer and build the intricate interior. The 34-foot-long trailer was officially opened to the public at Cool Creek Park for his Summer concert in the park, the final installment of the parks division of his series. Attending the launch of the trailer, Lavers said he is delighted that the trailer will advance his STEM and environmental education initiatives established by Duke Energy with the aim of benefiting the entire community.
“This trailer allows Natural Resources and Education Director Amanda Smith and her staff to literally experience the acclaimed Cool Creek Nature Center nature education program on the road,” said HCPR. Parks Director Chris Stis said.
The aptly themed “Be Naturally Curious!” trailer not only offers the ability to attract visitors of all ages to the park staff as they walk through the park’s “learning spaces”, but it also features a large stage deck that lowers down. It makes presentations educational and fun. Conducted to large groups in an outdoor setting.
Both the interior and exterior graphics of the trailer are designed to act as an extension of the nature education program by promoting interactivity, whether park staffed or not. The challenging application of vinyl graphics to the entire surface of the trailer was done by Vector Sign Solutions, a local sign resource in Noblesville.
The Be Naturally Curious trailer is used at county park events throughout the year. More information about tour schedules can be found online at MyHamiltonCountyParks.com, on the Hamilton County Parks Facebook page, or by calling (317) 770-4400.