As Monroe County, Indiana heads toward colder temperatures and the new year, there are plenty of winter opportunities to learn about and enjoy local nature. Here are our picks for the Top 5 Green Events in December. For even more, make sure to visit the regularly updated Green Events Calendar.
Lunch with Nature Spend your lunch hour on December 19th on Monroe Lake at their lunch and learn series as they discuss clouds. This is a great excuse to visit one of Monroe County’s greatest resources and beef up your knowledge.
Winter Farmers Market Just because the ground is frozen doesn’t mean there isn’t local food and other goods offered by area farmers. This is a great time to visit Harmony school for meat, greens, and all sorts of other goods. Visit them online at http://www.bloomingtonwinterfarmersmarket.com/ for weekly events at the market.
Winter Solstice Celebration The folks at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice are holding a celebration of the winter solstice. This free event will feature a celebration with the word, symbol and sharing. Refreshments are even served. It all starts at 6:30pm.
Cemetery History Series December is a great month to learn about local history and the people who helped make our community what it is today. There are two tours on separate Thursdays featuring the cemeteries near Friendship and Chandler. Find more information by clicking on the links above.
Goose Pond and Monroe Lake are great places locally to find overwintering birds of all types. In particular, you will enjoy looking for Lake Monroe’s Bald Eagles. Find out more about the Sassafras Audubon Society’s trips at http://www.sassafrasaudubon.org/node/269.
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.