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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

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. This class is held outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 2/18 · 10-11 a.m.
$6/in-city, $7/non-city · Register by 2/10 Code 74009-A

RCA Community Park

Insect Investigator

Hunt for insects and find out what makes a bug...well, a bug! During a short hike through Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, explore your surroundings for different insects, discover their special skills, and learn how to identify them. Wear your best bug-hunting gear and get ready to investigate the world beneath our feet! Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Sa 3/11 · 1-3 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 3/6 Code 74004-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Painting with Nature

Paint with all the colors of nature! Create your own natural paintbrushes with what we gather from the forest, then turn your canvas into a work of art. Each child will leave with their own nature art Creation. Registration is per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 3/25 · 1-3 p.m.
$6/in-city, $7/non-city · Register by 3/19 Code 74008-A

Lower Cascades Park-Waterfall Shelter

Making Paper at Home

Turn scraps from your recycling bin into handcrafted paper. You'll learn the basics and have some completed sheets to take home after this introduction to paper making! Materials are provided; however, any recyclable newspaper, fliers, or papery materials are gladly accepted! Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Sa 3/25 · 3-4 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 3/20 Code 74003-A

Bryan Park-Woodlawn Shelter

Night Hike

Explore the forest at night! We will go for a one-mile hike in the dark while we talk about all of the nocturnal animals that are found locally. Lanterns and flashlights will be available for use during the hike. Instructor: Blair Beavers

Sa 4/1 · 9-10 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 4/3 Code 74007-A

Leonard Springs Nature Park

If You Build It, It Will Fly: Kite Making 101

Celebrate National Kite Month with us by making your very own kite! Learn how to make an amazing kite, using the material provided, as well as how to fly a kite. Feel free to bring your own kite to fly at the end as well! Registration is per child; children must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Autumn Brunelle

Su 4/9 · 2-3 p.m.
$4/in-city, $5/non-city · Register by 4/3 Code 74002-A

RCA Community Park

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. Each participant must register. Watercraft, paddles, and life jackets 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 4/11 · 8-9:30 p.m.
$8/in-city, $9/non-city · Register by 4/9 Code 74001-A

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve