The Friends of Versailles State Park Group has been busy making plans for the spring and early summer. “Under the umbrella of the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, the membership is made up of those who love the out of doors and want to improve the park and encourage more visitors,” explains Katherine Taul, RCTB executive director.
This Saturday, April 12, the public is encouraged to join the Friends group in a volunteer day to help clean up the park. Volunteers will be picking up trash, painting signs and doing other tasks to prepare the park for visitors. They will meet at the Oak Grove Shelter at 10 a.m. and are encouraged to bring sack lunches. Some drinks and snacks will be available.
Bill Riley will lead a Photographing Wildflowers 101 class Monday, April 28, at 6 p.m. at the Schimmerhorn Shelter on the road behind the pool. Riley observed, “It doesn’t matter if you have a high-end digital camera, or a cell phone, this workshop will give you tips and tricks for creating eye-popping photos in the field without spending lots of money on expensive photo technology. There will be about 30 minutes of instruction, followed by practice shots in the field. The class is open to the public, and will be held rain or shine.”
VSP’s Welcome Back Weekend is Saturday, May 3. The Friends will lead a public First Saturday Hike focusing on wildflowers starting at 9 a.m. from the Oak Grove Shelter parking lot. Hikers are encouraged to bring cameras. Following the hike, at noon, everyone is invited to a pitch-in picnic at the shelter.
Friends members will hold a sale in conjunction with the Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale Saturday, May 17, beginning at 9 a.m. Anyone with clean outdoor-related equipment to donate is welcome to call Taul. Money raised will be used for park projects.