Top 5 Green Events for February

As Monroe County, Indiana heads toward World Water Day and Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about and enjoy local nature. Here are our picks for the Top 5 Green Events in February. For even more, make sure to visit the regularly updated Green Events Calendar.

2905337_653c8afbLearn how to Keep Animals Are you interested in keeping chickens or alpacas, but don’t know where to start? There are three events this month to help you get started with your own backyard menagerie! Find Chickens 101 on February 04. Alpaca 101 on February 11. Getting Started with Backyard Chickens on February 18

ifalogotextur-e1453754207896Indiana Forest Alliance Rally at the Statehouse At this rally, the Indiana Forest Alliance will ask our new governor and our legislators to protect our state forests from the 400% increase in logging. We’ll be asking to lower logging in our state forests, and to set aside “Wild Areas,” which comprise 23% of our state forests that would NOT be logged, and would be allowed to return to old growth, for the people that use it and the animals that need it.

bgm_herb_gardenPlanning Your 2017 Garden The first step to take in any garden venture is planning. Participants in this class learn what plants will succeed in this part of Indiana, and the organic method for giving plants what they need to thrive. Discover how to start plants indoors for different types of gardens, plan a layout of your garden area, and learn what materials and tools will be useful as you get going.

indiana-prophetstown-state-park-barn-on-farmlandAg-vocate Training The Indiana Agvocate Program is to help those interested in promoting agriculture to the general public more effectively discuss industry topics, break through industry jargon and learn how to tell their agriculture story using social media, presentations, events and more. Consumers and farmers have choices regarding how food is grown/produced. A goal is this program is to provide information regarding how to share this information without speaking negatively about others in agriculture who may not share those views. This event is sponsored by the Indiana Dairy Producers and takes place in French Lick.

lake_monroe_from_clear_creek_townshipFriends of Lake Monroe is a group of people interested in supporting Lake Monroe and its watershed. We like to swim, paddle, sail, boat, hike and enjoy the lake and its watershed. We support clean water and sustainable recreation. Find out more on their Facebook page. They meet the third Thursday of the month at the Monroe County Public Library.

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.

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