Marott Park & Nature Preserve

Wooded 102-acre park including a nature preserve with trails, birdwatching & spring wildflowers.

The 84-acre preserve, encompassing most of Marott Park, is composed of an old second-growth mixed mesophytic upland forest in the north, and floodplain forest and successional fields along Williams Creek and the White River to the south. The park land was given to the City of Indianapolis by the Marott family to be used as a natural area. Ongoing restoration of the area includes removal of Amur bush honeysuckle and garlic mustard, which are problematic non-natives; erosion control, and hardwood restoration.

During the spring there is a nice show of wildflowers including rue anemone, wild ginger, bloodroot, mayapple, Solomon’s seal, wood poppy, trillium, and others. Some interesting trees here are Ohio buckeye, pawpaw, bur and chinquapin oaks, and rough-leaved dogwood.

Marott Park is an Indy Park and does not require an admission or entrance fee. The park is open from dawn until dusk year round.

Gear Up for the VEX Robotic Championship

The City of Indianapolis hosts the annual VEX Robotic Championship for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Students from the North Central High School and Northview Middle School Robotics Teams participated.

Indy organized the VEX Robotics Championship (IndyVRC) in an effort to help promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives within the city. As the global economy continues to move toward STEM-focused enterprises, Indy must continue to develop a future workforce to meet that need. The IndyVRC engages teams of students to design, build, and program a robot to compete against robots from other teams in a sports-like game.

The 3rd annual City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship was a success with over 130 school teams competing Nov. 15 – 16, 2014. The STEM Fair was host to over 35 booths featuring hands-on STEM learning activities such as robot chess and mathematics pentathlon.

 

photo credit: IndyStar
video credit: City of Indianapolis

Polling Locations Changed

ATTENTION: Northview Middle School, Greenbriar Elementary, Allisonville Elementary, John Strange Elementary, and Crooked Creek Elementary will not serve as a polling location on November 4, 2014. Voters should confirm their polling location by visiting www.indy.gov/VIP or by calling (317) 327-VOTE (8683).

Information posted via MSDWT.

Admiring the ‘Arrows of Direction’ Sculpture

Maybe you’ve driven by it a thousand times…

Marting A. Nehrling (b. 1970, American)
Arrows of Direction, 1989
stainless steel
3 sections, approx. 84x60x39 in. each

This sculpture was the result of a design contest hosted by the Art Department at North Central High School. The artist was inspired by origami, and the folding shapes and skewed lines of the piece create directional movement, suggesting the various paths that graduating students will take in life.

The sculpture was funded by matching grants from the Washington Township School Board and the NCHS Class and Student Councils of 1989.

Nehrling, a native of Indianapolis, lives in Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.