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Registration Now Open for Fall Colors Run


McCloud Nature Park is the premiere running spot to experience the fall foliage in Hendricks County. Kick off our Fall Colors Festival with a 10K, 5K or one-mile course through the park’s trails and along Big Walnut Creek. After, enjoy a campfire with post-race refreshments then stick around for the Fall Colors Festival ran by Hendricks County Parks Naturalists with activities for the entire family. 

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
9:00 a.m.
McCloud Nature Park

  • Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome
  • Commemorative Winter Hat for all participants
  • Enjoy post-race campfire with refreshments
  • Free Fall Festival after the race from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • All proceeds go to the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County with the mission to develop and enhance a “Natural Hendricks County” 




Make a Tribute Donation to McCloud Nature Park

We have received several phone calls asking about how donations can be made to McCloud Nature Park as a tribute to someone who has passed away.

Donations can be made online — and as a tribute — here:

Donations can also be accepted by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation staff at their main office located at 955 E. Main Street in Danville from 8am to 4pm, M-F.

We thank this family for thinking of us in their time of grief, and we offer our heartfelt condolences for their loss.

Parks Foundation Hires Marketing and Events Manager

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County is excited to announce the hiring of Meghan Stritar as its new Marketing and Events Manager.

Meghan will coordinate and host events like the McCloud Honeybee Fest, the Fall Colors Run, Maple Syrup Days, and the Native Plant Sale for the Parks Foundation. She will also work to secure sponsorships and donations to be used for improvements to McCloud Nature Park, Sodalis Nature Park, and the western portion of the Vandalia Trail.

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County serves as the not-for-profit fundraising partner for Hendricks County Parks and Recreation.

Meghan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. She spent many years running park programs and special events, including day camps, Teen Battle of the Bands, sports leagues, and more.

Meghan worked for Hendricks County Parks and Recreation from 2015-16, handling their communications and marketing.

In 2016, after leaving Hendricks County Parks and Recreation, Meghan won a $500 prize in a photo contest hosted by the National Recreation and Park Association with a selfie of her and one of her daughters at a parks event. She then donated her entire prize to be used for Hendricks County Parks and Recreation programming.

Meghan formerly served as a board member for Family Promise of Hendricks County, and she publishes an online resource for local parents called Macaroni Kid Hendricks. She and her husband have two daughters who participate in parks programs on a very regular basis.

Meghan can be reached at or through the Parks Foundation’s website at

Foundation Seeks Marketing and Events Manager

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County seeks a Marketing & Event Manager to help with the Foundation’s operations and donor relation activities. The successful candidate will display leadership qualities and enthusiasm and assist with the development and management of strategic communication and day-to-day fund development efforts. Specific areas of involvement include: sponsorship solicitation, special event planning and execution, office management, and assistance with communication and marketing.

The Marketing and Event Manager reports to the Hendricks County Parks and Recreations Superintendent, and will play a role in implementing strategic goals, shaping organization direction, and other organizational advancement initiatives.

Compensation is $20-24 per hour, based on experience. This is a part-time position, averaging less than 20-25 hours per week. Benefits are not available at this time.

Resumes may be mailed to:

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County

P.O. Box 221

Danville, IN 46122

Or submit by email to

View/download job description

2017 Wall Calendars

Local amateur and professional photographers submitted more than 350 photos to Hendricks County Parks & Recreation as part of a contest to create a wall calendar. Twelve winning photographs were selected and now grace the pages of this unique, first-of-its kind calendar featuring McCloud Nature Park and Sodalis Nature Park.

Month after month throughout 2017, enjoy the beauty of Hendricks County Parks as captured through the eyes of talented photographers. Each month boasts its own photo, and there is room to write appointments and events (such as Hendricks County Parks & Rec programs!) on each day of the month. Purchase one for yourself, and more for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers for all of the nature-lovers in your life! All proceeds benefit your Hendricks County parks!

To save the $2 shipping charge, calendars may also be purchased at the Hendricks County Parks & Recreation main office, located at 955 E. Main Street in Danville, during normal business hours for a $10 donation. Please call in advance (317-718-6188) to make sure the office is staffed on the day you’d like to come by.

Thank you for supporting Hendricks County parks and a natural Hendricks County!