Master Naturalist starts Saturday!

Don’t pass up a chance to learn more about the world around us and give back to our community through volunteer efforts! The Master Naturalist class being offered by the Purdue Extention and the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department is a perfect way to learn about the ecosystems in which we live and to return some of that new knowledge to our community.

Get more information and sign up at

Saturday’s class is on insects and will be held right in our nature center at Ouabache Trails.Hope to see you there!

Invasive plants action group looking for volunteers


Knox County Soil and Water District hosts invasive plants group

Vincennes, IN – March 26, 2014 – The Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a public meeting Saturday, April 5, at Ouabache Trails Park on the topic of control and eradication of invasive plant species.

The meeting will be one of a series held in the hope of attracting interested people to the cause of studying and eradicating invasive plant species that are negatively impacting local native ecologies.

“These non-native plants are taking a slow, but sure, toll on the native habitats and the ecosystems that depend on them, outcompeting native species and changing the face of the landscape for the worse,” said Troy Hinkle, a soil conservationist with the SWCD.

The goal of the group is not only to educate the public about which plant species do not belong in the native environment, but also how to combat them and prevent them from taking root. Species identification and control methods will be discussed as will what some of the impact on local people and economies invasive plant infestations can have.

“Invasives are not just bad for other plants and the animals that depend on them. They’re bad for our economy because they negatively affect forest health and cost taxpayers money when our local highway and street departments have to spend time clearing heavy weed infestations out of drainage channels throughout the county,” Hinkle said. “On top of that, bad drainage affects farming operations as well.”

Represented on the committee, along with members of the SWCD, are those from the Knox County Highway and Parks departments, local horticulturalists and forestry interests, all of whom have a stake in the health of natural ecosystems.

The meeting will be held in the Ouabache Trails Lynn Wiseman Nature Center, 3500 N Lower Ft. Knox Rd. from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information contact:

Troy Hinkle
At the Soil and Water Conservation District office
882-8210 x3


Rama Sobhani
At the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department

Master Naturalist classes

Master Naturalist classes

The Knox County Parks and Recreation department is partnering with the Purdue Agricultural Extension to bring the public the DNR’s Master Naturalist program.

For anyone interested in learning about our natural environment, this is a great curriculum that will cover topics like animals, geology, ecosystems and much more! If you’re a naturalist at heart, like we are, you’ll definitely want to get in on this.

Check out the link below for more details on the program and how to register.

We hope to see you in the MN class!

Groundhog Day walk!

News Release

Groundhog Day Nature Walk

Ouabache Trails Park

February 2, 2014


What animals are hiding in the winter?  What is coming out of hiding?  Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, there are signs in nature that spring is coming.  Join naturalist Terri King on a Groundhog Day Nature Walk, on Groundhog Day; Sunday, February 2, at Ouabache Trails Park, starting 2:00 p.m. Eastern time at the park office.  The walk will use parts of Trails 3, 4 and 5.  There will be some uphill and downhill.

For more information about the Knox County Department of Parks and Recreation, call 812-882-4316.t:        Check the website at: , the Wabash Trails Park/Ouabache Trails Park Facebook page, and Twitter.


Community Christmas Light Show

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time that the parks department starts preparing for and putting on our annual Community Christmas Light Display.

The lower recreation area of Ouabache Trails is closed to vehicle traffic until the end of the show on Dec. 26.

The upper loop area and the trails are still open to vehicle traffic, but please be cautious and observe our operations. Thank you.
The lights go live on Nov. 29 this year. Hope to see you at the park!

Enoco cleanup day

Calling all able-bodied volunteers, the Knox County Parks and Recreation department needs you! We’re holding a public clean up day at the Enoco Coal mine property on Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. We need you to help us clear out some of the debris that’s been left behind at the site over the years so we can move toward our goal and opening up the property as a park for the public. Just bring a pair of leather work gloves and long pants. We’ll have a dumpster there and, of course, the super-friendly and attractive staff of the parks department will be out there working alongside our volunteers.

The Enoco Mine is a former coal mine site, part of which has been turned into a reclaimed wetlands by the Department of Natural Resources. The land was donated to the county parks department in the late 1970’s.

There are several historic buildings at the site which are full of debris and waste that we would like to get cleaned up as we hope to allow public access to them one day.

We’ve got directions to Enoco, on this website, on the map that shows the locations of all of our properties. Enoco is just outside of Bruceville on Grundman Rd. We need your help, hope to see you there!

Community planning survey

We’re looking for input on our parks as we prepare to make a new 5-year master plan.

Please take a little time to fill out the survey and let us know how we’re doing.

Thank you.

Cornhole bags available to borrow

Just leave a valid ID with us at the office and you can borrow the boards and bags for free!

New cornhole boards

New cornhole boards

Some land at the Enoco mine is for sale!

Knox County Park and Recreation Department is now accepting bids on an eight (8) acre tract of land to be sold located at the Enoco Coal Mine property. Deed and tract maps are available at the park office, 3500 N. Lower Ft. Knox Rd, Vincennes, In. 47591. All bids must be sealed and delivered by September 16, 2013, 4:00 p.m… ,to the park office.

If there are any questions regarding this matter please contact the park office at: 812-882-4316.


Board of Directors

Knox County Parks and Recreation Department

Yard sale at Ouabache!

The Knox County Online Yard Sale is hosting a live sale at Ouabache Trails this Saturday!
We are expecting 75 booths so come out and find yourself a great deal.
The sale starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 1:00 p.m. at the lower recreation area of Ouabache Trails park.

See the flyer here and we’ll see you there.