As Monroe County, Indiana breezes toward November and Thanksgiving, there are plenty of fall opportunities to learn about and enjoy local nature. Here are our picks for the Top 5 Green Events in November. For even more, make sure to visit the regularly updated Green Events Calendar.
Ducks and Donuts One of the best named November events, and it got our attention! The Sassafras Audubon Society will host their 7th annual event at the Stillwater Marsh Overlook, off State Road 46, east of Bloomington. They will serve coffee and donuts and hopefully there will be plenty of waterfowl and other birds to look at. It starts at 8am and finishes at 11am on November 12th.
White Violet’s Cooking Series This is your way to brush up on cooking skills ahead of the Thanksgiving feast, which you thought would be a good idea to host this year… There are events on cooking basics, cooking with vegetables, and cooking with meat. All these will occur on different nights and is reasonably priced, especially since participants get to eat what they cook!
Slow Saunter and Campfire Join the Indiana Forest Alliance on November 05th for an educational 3 mile hike, campfire meal, and discussion led by University of Indianapolis English professor Kevin McKelvey connecting the ideas of nature and home. This hike is part of the Indiana Forest Alliance’s Slow Saunter hiking series, which aims to inspire protection advocacy for Indiana’s forests, and Indiana Humanities’ Next Indiana Campfires, which connects nature, literature, and the Hoosier bicentennial.
Fall Planting of Pome Fruit Trees This is your opportunity to grow better. Learn how to plant apple, pear, and other pome fruit trees in fall in order to get a head start on the growing season. In this hands-on class, students learn to select a site, prepare the soil, plant, and stake fruit trees in fall. The class will plant a tree during the class, so please dress appropriately for the weather and for the work. The proper planting of fruit trees is the first step to success and an investment in a future that can span many decades with bountiful harvests. This is a free event and you can find it all on November 05th.
Fossil Bed Hike Celebrate the diversity of Monroe Lake on November 10. The limestone shoreline around the point at Allen’s Creek is so dense with fossils that it’s hard to find “plain” rock! The fossil beds are filled with crinoids and corals, interspersed with geodes – remnants of the shallow sea that once covered Indiana. On a hike to and from the fossil beds, we’ll explore the broader geological story told by the rock layers exposed in the Monroe Lake area. Round-trip hike distance is about 4 miles over moderate terrain and takes roughly 3 hours.
Members of the Monroe County Environmental Commission compiled this list. Their charge includes “educating the community and engaging residents and businesses in supporting initiatives which will help ensure a healthier and more economically viable future for the County.” The public is welcome to attend these meetings the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30pm.