CURRENT PROJECTS (2015)
Soliciting donations to purchase trees to replace those that have died from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the campgrounds. The goal is to fund 40 trees at an expense of $12,000. 25 trees were planted in 2014 for $6,200. Donations can be sent to the Friends of Potato Creek, PO 471, North Liberty, IN 46554
A $10,000 NAWCA grant was received to fund a wetland restoration in the southwest corner of the Park in 2015.
Fund Nature Center Operations
Continue to fund the animal feeding and program expenses of the N.C.
Friends’ Wetland Trail – Financed and assisted in the construction of a parking lot and 3/4 mile trail in 2010. In 2011 three observation decks were constructed along the trail to offer views into the wetlands the trail highlights.
Spring House Restoration – The Friends Group raised funds for and assisted in the actual reconstruction of this mid 19th century spring house. Park interpreters now use it to offer park visitors a glimpse of historic rural Indiana life. Click for a pdf brochure: Spring House Brochure
Bank Stabilization Project – Secured permits and funding to stabilize a badly eroded section of the lake shore. The area was terraced and re-enforced with large glacial stones. The terraces were then planted with native plants to hold the soil in place.
Partnered with National Wild Turkey Federation to plant 20 acres of prairie.- 2014
Co-sponsored LARE watershed study – 2013
Funded basketball court construction in campground – 2011
Funded concrete manure bins in horseman’s campground – 2011
Landscaped the Mangus Memorial – 2011
Conduct stream water quality surveys as part of Hoosier Riverwatch – ongoing
Conducted numerous park clean up days – ongoing
Assist with invasive plant control efforts – ongoing
Assist with and sponsor park special events – ongoing