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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

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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!


Observation HoneyBee Hive

Support Establishment of a HoneyBee Observation Hive at McCloud

Each year, McCloud Nature Park is visited by over 30,000 people.  Our Nature Center welcomes many of those visitors, including school groups, scouts and families eager to learn and experience nature in all its wonder.  We are excited to announce a new source of environment education and inspiration – an observation honeybee hive!

The observation honeybee hive will be located in the McCloud Nature Center, easily accessible to all visitors.  The hive will be a window into the fascinating world of the honeybee and an amazing teaching tool for our naturalist.

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County is proud to partner with our Hendricks County Parks in creating a home in our parks for this indispensable pollinator.  We are working hard to raise the funds needed to establish the observation hive and other hives throughout McCloud Nature Park.  We would be so grateful for your donation!


National Selfie Contest Winner Donates Prize to Hendricks County Parks

A Hendricks County woman’s photo of herself and her daughter won a national selfie contest through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), and she then donated her $500 prize to Hendricks County Parks and Recreation.

To celebrate Parks and Recreation Month in July, NRPA held a selfie contest with a different theme every week, encouraging people to take pictures of themselves while enjoying the great outdoors. Each week’s winner took home a $500 Amazon gift card from NRPA. The first theme of the month was to take a selfie with nature.

Meghan Stritar of Brownsburg participated in the Summer Fun Run Series hosted by Hendricks County Parks and Recreation at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA on July 6 and took a selfie with her daughter during the event. She then submitted the selfie to NRPA to enter the contest.

Through a massive social media effort spearheaded by Stritar, her photo garnered the most votes of all the selfies throughout the country that were submitted to NRPA that week, and she was awarded the first $500 prize of the contest.

Stritar then immediately contacted the Hendricks County Parks and Recreation office and informed them that she is donating her prize to be used for children’s programming.

“The contest was designed to promote local parks, so it seemed logical to me and my family to donate the prize to the county’s parks department,” said Stritar.

A mother of two children and the publisher of Macaroni Kid Hendricks – an online resource for local parents – Stritar and her family frequently attend Hendricks County Parks and Recreation’s programs, many of which are offered at no charge to the public, but which involve supplies for crafts and projects.

“This was a great surprise for us,” said Jeremy Weber, superintendent of Hendricks County Parks and Recreation.  “It’s nice to know we have a community willing to invest like this in parks.  This donation is a huge investment in community health, nature education, and programs for kids.  It will make a real difference, and we are very grateful.”

Hendricks County Parks and Recreation operates McCloud Nature Park, Sodalis Nature Park, and the Amo-Coatesville section of the Vandalia Trail. Families can get more information about their programming at More information about Macaroni Kid Hendricks can be found at