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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

Leaf Peeping on the Lake

Experience the fall foliage in a guided canoe/kayak expedition around Griffy Lake. Navigate the lake, explore coves, and look for wildlife! Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets are provided. For ages 5 yrs. and up; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

F 9/9 · 5-6 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 9/4 Code 64007-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Creek Critters

Indiana streams are filled with life! Visit Lower Cascades creek for a demonstration on stream sampling techniques and macroinvertebrate collection and identification. Discuss the roles these critters play in stream health and as pollution indicators. Expect to get up close and personal with several stream critters! It is highly recommended that participants wear waterproof footwear. Meet in the parking lot north of the softball fields. For ages 5 yrs. and up; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Sa 9/10 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 9/5 Code 64001-A

Lower Cascades Park-ballfields

Feeder Frenzy

Expanding your backyard habitat with bird feeders is easy! Learn to make your very own bird feeder out of a milk carton, and take it home to add to your yard. After we are done crafting our beautiful feeders we will go for a short hike to look for and identify the birds you might see at your new feeder. For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Sa 9/10 · 1-2 p.m.
$5/in-city, $6/non-city · Register by 9/4 Code 64003-A

Lower Cascades Park-Waterfall Shelter

i Got in Touch with Nature

Glued to your phone? Take it outside! There are dozens of amazing apps that allowyou to explore nature and broaden your knowledge of the natural world. We will recommend some of hte best apps and demonstrate how to use them. Bring your smartphone! For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Sa 9/24 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 9/18 Code 64006-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

May the Quartz Be With You: A Geological Hike

A long time ago, in a place not very far away ... It is a period of geological significance. Geologists, striking from a university, began flocking to Bloomington in order to examine the amazing geological formations there. Join us for a hike as we follow in their footsteps and explore how Bloomington's geological features came to be. For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Su 9/25 · 2-3 p.m.
$3/in-city, $4/non-city · Register by 9/15 Code 64008-A

Lower Cascades Park-Waterfall Shelter

Astronomy with the Stars

The night sky seems far away on a cloudless autumn night, but you get closer to the stars than ever before when you spend the evening immersed in the secrets of the heavens. Learn to read sky charts and identify constellations, and hear the myths and legends that bring the constellations to life. This workshop is held entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Come early for this program to hear a free Nature Soundsconcert by Jason Burnfield at 7:30 p.m.!

F 9/30 · 8:30-9:30 p.m.
$5/in-city, $6/non-city · Register by 9/26 Code 64013-A

RCA Community Park

Growing Trees From Seed

Trees are all around us and many of us have even planted trees, but have you ever grown your own tree from a seed you found? From collection to proper planting techniques, learn the steps it takes to successfully grow trees from seed. We will have a brief tree identification walk to introduce collecting techniques, and send each participant home with at least 10 different seeds to plant for next spring! For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 10/1 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 9/25 Code 64004-A

Bryan Park-Woodlawn Shelter

Fall Scavenger Hunt

See what nature in autumn has to offer! Keep your eyes open for mystery objects as we hike. We will award prizes at the of the hike for items found. Registration fee is per child; children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 12 yrs. and younger; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 10/8 · 1-2 p.m.
$5/in-city, $6/non-city · Register by 10/2 Code 64002-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Harvesting Wild Nuts

Indiana forests are full of flavorful and nutritious nuts that are rarely seen in grocery stores. Learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare acorns, black walnuts, hickory nuts, and pecans for eating. Samples for tasting are provided! For all ages; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 10/8 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 10/3 Code 64005-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Painting with Nature

Textures, colors, patterns, oh my! Nature provides us with the opportunity to create our own sustainable, chemical free, paints and accessories needed to make beautiful works of art! In this program you will learn how to use the world around you to create your very own nature based painting. For ages 5 yrs. and up; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Su 10/9 · 1-3 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 9/28 Code 64010-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.

Su 10/16 · 7-8:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 10/13 Code 64009-B

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

What Happened to Mr. Cardinal?

An ill bird. Multiple suspects. A classic "whodunit" crime. Join us for an afternoon of role playing in this environmental mystery as we attempt to discover what (or who) exactly happened to Mr. Cardinal. For ages 10 yrs. and up; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Sa 11/12 · 1-2 p.m.
$5/in-city, $6/non-city · Register by 11/7 Code 64011-A

Bryan Park-Woodlawn Shelter

Wild Tea Tasting

Winter is upon us, and we often look to hot beverages for comfort and warmth. Wild teas have been created and enjoyed for centuries, often from plants that are in our own back yards! Learn appropriate harvesting, preparation, and storage techniques for making some truly delightful and beneficial teas. Samples are provided. For all ages; children ages 14 yrs. and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 11/5 · 1-2 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 10/31 Code 64012-A

RCA Community Park