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Scour the Parks for Sasquatch ... and a Yeti

Attention all citizens. A Sasquatch has once again been spotted in our area, and this time he's not alone. He told his relatives about all of his adventures in Bloomington and a Yeti decided that he wanted in on the fun. Each of them has been working with the Parks and Recreation Department to set up their own unique treasure hunt spread out across City parks and facilities. Interested teams can register to join the search and pick up their treasure hunting packets at the Parks and Recreation office. Registration cost is per team.

Yeti's Treasure Hunt: Since this is his first time visiting Bloomington, the Yeti has designed a hunt more focused on the fun of exploring the City than on solving complicated riddles. If you have a team with a lot of younger members or prefer to search at a more leisurely pace, then the Yeti's hunt is for you. He is offering a reward to every team that manages to complete his hunt.

Ongoing, 5/1-8/31 · Register online (Code 24008-A)
$10/in-city, $12/non-city

Sasquatch's Treasure Hunt: The Sasquatch loves playing tricks and has designed another challenging hunt this year. If you enjoy difficult puzzles, then you are in the right place. He is offering a reward to every team that manages to complete his hunt and is offering an extra reward to the team that completes his hunt first.

Ongoing, 5/1-8/31 · Register online (Code 24008-B)
$10/in-city, $12/non-city

Night Paddle

Experience an evening of peace and serenity on Griffy Lake during the full moon. Navigate the lake, take in deep breaths of fresh air and watch the night sky light up the water. Registration is required. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Children under age 14 yrs. must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land. For all ages.

Tu 6/2 · 9-10:30 p.m. · Register by 6/1 (Code 24012-B)

$7/in-city, $8/non-city
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

W 7/1 · 9-10:30 p.m. · Register by 6/30 (Code 24012-C)
$7/in-city, $8/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Sa 8/29 · 8-9:30 p.m. · Register by 8/27 (Code 24012-D)
$7/in-city, $8/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Su 9/27 · 7:30-9 p.m. · Register by 9/24 (Code 24012-E)
$7/in-city, $8/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Urban Coyotes

Coyotes are incredibly adaptive animals. Native to the prairie regions, coyotes can now be found throughout Indiana, sometimes in our own backyards. Learn about coyote biology and how to coexist with coyotes in an urban setting. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Anna Rossler

Tu 6/2 · 7-8 p.m. · Register by 6/1 (Code 24001-A)
$2/in-city, $3/non-city

Lower Cascades Park

Sustaining Nature and Your Land Day

Native plants are required to support local ecosystems, but invasive plants are rapidly crowding them out. Sustaining Nature and Your Land (SNAYL) Day provides information about how you can encourage the growth of beautiful, life-supporting native plants on your property while controlling the invasive plants that threaten them. Lunch will be available for purchase. For all ages. Instructor: Steve Cotter

Sa 6/6 · 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
FREE
Harmony School, 909 E. 2nd St.

Leonard Springs Nature Park Tour

Explore the cave entrances, springs, and wetland area at Leonard Springs Nature Park. Walk the rugged one-mile loop trail and learn about the natural history of the area along the way. Sturdy shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Parking is limited, so please pre-register for this free program. For ages 8 yrs. and up.

W 6/10 · 6:30-8 p.m. · Register by 6/9 (Code 24013-A-A)
FREE

Leonard Springs Nature Park

Butterflies in Your Backyard

Living works of art, butterflies are not only a joy to watch but also serve an important role in the environment. Learn all about the butterflies you can expect to see in Bloomington, why they are important, and the plants you can grow to attract them to your home, all while touring the butterfly garden at Sherwood Oaks Park. For all ages. Instructor: Derek Greene

Sa 6/13 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 6/8 (Code 24009-A)
$2/in-city, $3/non-city

Sherwood Oaks Park - meet behind the tennis courts

Tree ID Walk and Talk

From buds to bark, trees offer many hints about species they are. Take a hike into the rich forest at Winslow Woods Park and learn how to identify more than 25 common tree, shrub, and vine species. Learn different methods of identification and characteristics to look for when classifying woody plants. Dress appropriately for the weather and expect to hike (with frequent stops) for about an hour. For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 6/20 · 1-2:30 p.m. · Register by 6/12 (Code 24004-A)
$3/in-city, $4/non-city

Winslow Woods Park

Bug Fest

Learn all about amazing insects at Bloomington's third annual Bug Fest! Go on an insect safari, handle cool insects, make a craft, and participate in a mealworm race or cricket spitting contest. There will be speakers and information booths on a variety of buggy topics. This event is a collaboration of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Monroe County Parks and Recreation, The WonderLab Museum, Purdue Extension office, and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For all ages.

Sa 6/27 · 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
FREE

Hilltop Garden at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Fossil Frenzy

Evidence of life from millions of years ago can be found throughout Indiana streams. Join an expedition to search for the prehistory beneath our feet. The program begins with a short introduction on what to look for, followed by a hike (about one mile each way) to Griffy Creek to search the fossil beds. Comfortable, water-resistant footwear is recommended. For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 6/27 · 6-7:30 p.m. · Register by 6/24 (Code 24005-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Su 6/28 · 6-7:30 p.m. · Register by 6/24 (Code 24005-B)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Paper Making

Turn recycled paper and natural materials into homemade paper. Participants will make their own paper and learn how to continue creating with simple materials at home. All materials are provided. For all ages. Instructor: Anna Rossler

Sa 7/11 · 2-3:30 p.m. · Register by 7/6 (Code 24002-A)
$5/in-city, $6/non-city

Banneker Community Center

Compass Treasure Hunt

Learn the basics of navigating the land with a map and compass, then use your new orienteering skills to search Bryan Park for a hidden prize! Compasses are provided. For ages 8 yrs. and up. Instructor: Anna Rossler

Th 7/16 · 6:30-8 p.m. · Register by 7/10 (Code 24003-A)
$5/in-city, $6/non-city

Bryan Park - Woodlawn Shelter

Goods From Your Woods

The forest provides us with so much more than just firewood and lumber. From ginseng to goats, agroforestry (the science of integrating both trees and additional crops for environmental and economic benefit) can be a sustainable and profitable land management practice. Landowners come and be inspired by agroforestry ideas for your own property. Whether you own one acre or 200, there is an agroforestry system that can meet your goals. The program begins with a presentation followed by a short walk, where agroforestry applications will be discussed for RCA Community Park. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 7/18 · 4-5 p.m. · Register by 7/11 (Code 24006-A)
$5/in-city, $6/non-city

RCA Community Park

Life in the Lake

All kinds of creatures large and small lurk beneath the waters of Griffy Lake. Come explore this upland reservoir ecosystem, learn about the organisms that make their homes there, and get up close and personal with a few special guests. For all ages. Instructor: Derek Green

Sa 7/25 · 10-11 a.m. · Register by 7/20 (Code 24011-A)
$2/in-city, $3/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Mushroom Foray

Mushroom season does not end with morels! Learn the importance of, how to identify, and how to harvest wild fungi. Participants learn where to search for and how to prepare the many edible wild mushrooms our environment provides. The program begins with a brief introduction of common and easy-to-identify mushrooms, followed by a hike to search for edible fungi. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and come prepared to hike. For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 8/8 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 7/31 (Code 24007-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Summer Stargazing

The nighttime sky is full of amazing stories. Watch a planetarium-style presentation to learn the myths and legends behind summertime constellations, and tricks for easily locating them in the night sky. Bring a blanket or camp chair for comfortable seating and spend some time stargazing at the park. For all ages. Instructor: Derek Greene

F 8/21 · 9-10 p.m. · Register by 8/17 (Code 24010-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

RCA Community Park