Salamonie Lake announces 2014 programs

A full year of programs designed to appeal to preschoolers, Seniors, families and campers is on tap at Salamonie Lake.

The programs are provided by the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, which also serves the J. Edward Roush Fish and Wildlife Area, Salamonie River State Forest, Mississinewa Lake and Ouabache Sate Park.

Monthly programs for preschoolers are offered at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. Two identical programs are offered each month, one from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a second from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The topic for the Feb. 12 program is "Awesome Owls." The March 26 program focuses on recycling, while preschoolers will learn about plants on April 30 and frogs on May 7. Additional preschool programs are on June 18, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 5 and Dec. 10.

Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult. A fee is charged, and registration is required by calling 468-2127.

Seniors gather at the Salamonie Interpretive Center each month for a carry-in meal at noon and an after-lunch program. The March 3 program will be presented by Teresa Rody, who will discuss a 2013 tour of more than 20 national parks.

Additional Senior Monday luncheons are scheduled for April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

Seniors attending the events are asked to bring table service and a dish to share, along with a donation to help pay for the meat dish. Reservations may be made by calling 468-2127.

Varied programs are featured in Second Saturday at Salamonie.

March 8 has been designated as "Astronomy Evening" with guests treated to an evening of planet and star viewing, star stories, snacks by the fire and more at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. The program begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. A fee is charged, and those planning to attend are asked to register by calling 468-2127.

Additional Second Saturday programs will be held on April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. For more information, visit www.dnr.in.gov/uwis.

A couple of special events will be held at Salamonie this month.

Eagle Watch evening field trips are set for Feb. 15 and 16, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. Following a program, visitors will caravan to Indiana's largest documented wintering bald eagle roost. Registration is required by calling 468-2127.

A Cowboy Gathering will be held Feb. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

Horse riding enthusiasts will see a slide show on a horseback adventure in the Grand Teton Mountains, with a meal following. Those attending should bring a side dish to share, table service and a donation to help pay for the sloppy Joes. Register by calling 468-2127.

The summer camping season at Salamonie Lake opens with Welcome Back Weekend, featuring afternoon hikes and other activities, on May 3. Call 468-2127 for more information.

Youth ages 2 to 14, accompanied by an adult, are invited to participate in fishing derbies June 7 at Salamonie Lake and Roush Fish and Wildlife Area. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Register by calling 468-2127.

The weekend of July 18 and 19 brings two events - Christmas in July and Smokey Bear's Birthday Bash - to Salamonie Lake. The weekend includes a campsite decorating contest, sand sculpture, water games, parades, cookies, punch and more. For information, call 468-2127.

The Salamonie September Fest is Sept. 6 to 8 at Salamonie Lake. Throughout the weekend, programs will offer tips on creating lasting memories during family reunions. More information is available at www.dnr.in.gov/uwis.

Horse enthusiasts will be treated to a camping weekend of equine-related sessions, trail riding, a tack flea market and cowboy dinner during the Salamonie Rider's Rendezvous at Salamonie Lake. A fee is charged and registration is required by calling 468-2127.

Campers at Salamonie Lake's Fall Fest can participate in a campsite decorating contest, watch a movie, eat hot dogs, take a hayride and more. For information, call 468-2125.