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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

Birds and the Bees

Have some summer fun decorating your very own flowerpot! We provide starter sunflowers so you can watch them grow. These flowers will attract our friends, the birds and the bees! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is per child. Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 5/21 · noon-1:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city
· Register by 5/15 (Code 54004-A)
Bryan Park-Woodlawn Shelter

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 younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

Sa 5/21 · 8:30-10 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 5/19 Code 54011-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Geocaching - 'Caching In

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Help the Parks and Recreation Department create its very own geocache! We will make upcycled crafts to place in the cache. After our cache is complete, we will set out on a hike to hide it in the park for others to discover! Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 6/4 · 2-3:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 5/29 Code 54001-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Geocaching - 'Caching Out

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Join Bloomington Parks and Recreation on a hunt to find geocaches hidden in Bloomington's city parks! We will set out on a hike to track down hidden treasures that you can take home. Bringing your own small item to trade is optional but encouraged! Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 6/11 · 2-3:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 6/5 Code 54002-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Nature Olympics

You don't need to go to Brazil to compete in the Olympics! Catch insects like a frog, and find your territory like coyote, or share a small space like a bat and find a cache like a squirrel. Indiana's animals have incredible adaptations that allow them to complete amazing feats every day. Try your hand at these animal games and participate in Nature Olympics, where the best adapted are winners.

Sa 6/11 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 6/6 Code 54010-A

Bryan Park - Woodlawn Shelter

Invasive Plant Walk and Talk

Invasive plant species are all too common in Bloomington. It is likely that you have more than one thriving on your property! Come walk a beautiful section of paved trail and be introduced to about 15 common exotic invasive plant species. Take away knowledge (not seeds!) and start your fight against the exotic invasive plants in your backyard. For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 6/18 · 11 a.m.-noon
$3/in-city, $4/non-city · Register by 6/13 Code 54007-A

Clear Creek Trail/Bloomington Rail Trail Trailhead at Church Lane. Meet in the parking lot.

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 younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

M 6/20 · 9-10:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 6/19 Code 54011-B

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Bug Fest

Learn all about amazing insects at Bloomington's fourth annual Bug Fest! Go on an insect safari, handle cool insects, make a craft, and participate in a mealworm 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.

Sa 6/25 · 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
FREE - For all ages.

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

Geocaching - 'Caching Out

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Join Bloomington Parks and Recreation on a hunt to find geocaches hidden in Bloomington's city parks! We will set out on a hike to track down hidden treasures that you can take home. Bringing your own small item to trade is optional but encouraged! Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 7/9 · 2-3:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 7/3 Code 54002-B

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 younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

Tu 7/19 · 9-10:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 7/18 Code 54011-C

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Magnificent Monarchs

Every year monarch butterflies embark on an incredible migration over thousands of miles, and several generations, to Mexico. Some of those monarchs have made a home at the Sherwood Oaks butterfly garden. As we search the garden for monarch eggs, caterpillars and butterflies, we will learn about the remarkable life cycle, ecology, and migration of the monarch, and how to design home landscapes to attract monarchs. For all ages.

Sa 7/23 · 1-2 p.m.
$2/in-city, $3/non-city · Register by 7/18 Code 54008-A

Sherwood Oaks Park - meet behind the tennis courts

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 younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

Th 8/18 · 8:30-10 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 8/17 Code 54011-D

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 younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate back to your vehicle once you return to dry land.

F 9/16 · 7:30-9 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 9/15 Code 54011-E

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve