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Roving Naturalist

Visit one of our naturalists at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market on the first and third Saturdays of each month of the Market season. We cover a variety of topics and have information and activities for all ages. Stop by to ask a question, observe a critter, or gather information. Our Roving Naturalists are also available for private natural resource programs. For more information, contact Elizabeth Tompkins at (812) 349-3754 or tompkine@bloomington.in.gov

Winter Woods Tree ID

Don't let a lack of leaves keep you from identifying the trees on your next winter hike. Learn how differences in bark, buds, growth habit, and even scent hold the keys to unlocking the names of trees during times of leaf-off. Dress prepared for the weather and expect about a one-mile hike. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 2/13 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city
· Register by 2/10 (Code 44011-A)
Winslow Woods Park - Playground Shelter

Maple Syrup Made Easy

A maple tree is all it takes to experience the sweetness of homemade maple syrup. During this hands-on workshop, discuss tree identification, equipment, collection and sugaring techniques, and learn the history of maple syrup and sugar. Take-home instructions are supplied, along with a taste of the final product in multiple forms. This class is held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 2/20 · 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
$6/in-city, $7/non-city
· Register by 2/10 (Code 44004-A)
RCA Community Park

Animal Tales

It's never too early to discover our amazing natural world. After learning about one of Indiana's incredible wildlife species, we will read a story and complete a craft about that critter. Each session features a different animal. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is per child. For ages 5 yrs. and younger. Instructor: Anna Rossler

Sa 2/27 · 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
$3/in-city, $4/non-city
· Register by 2/24 (Code 44001-A)
Banneker Community Center

Owl Prowl

Come out to Griffy Lake Nature Preserve to explore the world of native owls found here in Indiana. We will have a short talk about owls and their adaptions then we will hit the trail to listen for vocalizations. Bring a flashlight to help find your way back to your car. For all ages. Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 3/5 · 7:30-8:30 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city
· Register by 3/2 (Code 44007-A)
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Animal Tales

It's never too early to discover our amazing natural world. After learning about one of Indiana's incredible wildlife species, we will read a story and complete a craft about that critter. Each session features a different animal. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is per child. For ages 5 yrs. and younger. Instructor: Anna Rossler

Th 3/10 · 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
$3/in-city, $4/non-city
· Register by 3/7 (Code 44001-B)
Banneker Community Center

Naturally Dyed Eggs

Calling all Easter bunnies! This year, color your eggs using natural dyes. Learn how to create dyes from different foods and spices. Participants can color several eggs as well as use different techniques to create shapes and patterns on the eggs. For all ages. Instructor: Anna Rossler

Sa 3/19 · 1-2 p.m.
$7/in-city, $8/non-city
· Register by 3/11 (Code 44005-A)
Banneker Community Center

Predators: Past & Present

Bobcats, coyotes, wolves! Oh my! Come to Lower Cascades Park to learn about these native Indiana predators, how they survive, and why some are no longer found in our backyards. For all ages. Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 4/2 · 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city
· Register by 3/30 (Code 44008-A)
Lower Cascades Park-Waterfall Shelter

Animal Tales

It's never too early to discover our amazing natural world. After learning about one of Indiana's incredible wildlife species, we will read a story and complete a craft about that critter. Each session features a different animal. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is per child. For ages 5 yrs. and younger. Instructor: Anna Rossler

W 4/6 · 5-6 p.m.
$3/in-city, $4/non-city
· Register by 4/1 (Code 44001-C)
Banneker Community Center

Spring Symphony

Spring has arrived and with it comes the sounds of the season. Learn the species of birds, frogs and toads that beckon the spring and discover how they make their songs. Participants can then take a short hike to identify calling frogs and toads. For all ages. Instructor: Anna Rossler

F 4/15 · 7-8 p.m.
$3/in-city, $4/non-city
· Register by 4/11 (Code 44009-A)
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Night Paddle

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

Come early (at 7:30 p.m.) to enjoy Nature Sounds, a talk about ducks and geese and an acoustic concert.

F 4/22 · 8:30-9:30 p.m.
$7/in-city, $8/non-city · Register by 4/21 Code 44006-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve