Top 5 Green Events for March

As Monroe County, Indiana seemed to start spring early, March 20th is still the official Spring Equinox. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about and enjoy emerging spring this month, and we have whittled it down to our Top 5 Green Events in March. For even more, make sure to visit the regularly updated Green Events Calendar.

Frog Watch Spring peepers are starting to call. Curious about frogs and toads? Learn more at a Frogwatch workshop, March 20-21, 6-8:30 PM at Karst Farm Park. We’ll talk about the value of wetlands, amphibian biology and life cycles, population declines, and the species found in our area. You’ll find out how to become a volunteer frog monitor and collect data to submit to Frogwatch USA. Cost is $5 for both nights and registration is required.

Marsh Madness The Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival is a community-based event timed to coincide with the peak Sandhill Crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County, Indiana. Events include a kick-off banquet, craft fair, live birds of prey on display, informational and educational presentations, bus tours, self-guided tours, kids activities, and much more. March 03rd and 04th.

bgm_herb_gardenBetter Preparation, Better Results in the Spring Garden Ready to get started in your garden? By putting in a little effort at the beginning, you’ll save time and work, enjoy a better looking garden, and have a more productive harvest. Learn how to test and prepare your garden soil, pick up tricks that will help prevent weeds, disease, and pest problems, acquire strategies around watering and nutrient delivery, become a savvy mulcher, and make the most of your available space. March 25th at 1pm.

Green Drinks Green Drinks Bloomington is a lively, informal social networking event for people from all walks of life who are interested in making a greener world.  Folks gather every month to share libations and ideas, discuss, debate, explore and make new friends and business connections. March 22nd at 5:30pm.
Ducks and Donuts Come join us at our 8th installation of Ducks & Donuts on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at the Stillwater Marsh Overlook, off State Road 46, east of Bloomington. We will serve coffee and donuts and hopefully there will be plenty of waterfowl and other birds to look at. We will start at 8am and finish at 11am.

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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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.

Top 5 Green Events for December

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.

2013-07-10_lake-monroe_allens-creek_049Lunch 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.

 

8420580460_b12c94fc7d_o-940x626Winter 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.

2208727_10a1826cWinter 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.

 

cem46902202_117781896774Cemetery 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.

rock-river-landing-eagleGoose 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.

Top 5 Green Events for November

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.

duckdonutDucks 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.

pieWhite 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!

saunterSlow 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.

orchardclassFall 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.

walk2Fossil 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.

Top 5 Green Events for October

As Monroe County, Indiana heads into fall, there are plenty of October opportunities to learn about and enjoy local nature. Here are our picks for the Top 5 Green Events. For even more, make sure to visit the regularly updated Green Events Calendar.

1. ciderfest Cider Fest Fall is apple time in Monroe County, and the Bloomington Community Orchard is ready to not only create cider but to share a community meal. Bring the whole family for this event to celebrate the value of fruit, not shipped across the country!

2. paddle-on-the-water Nature on the Water: Fall Colors Parade
This is our featured event during the week. Lake Monroe hosts weekly activities on or near the lake to promote awareness and conservation. They do a great job keeping Facebook events up to date for you!

3. farmers-marketBloomington Farmers Market This popular event promotes organic and sustainable farmers, homesteaders, ranchers, orchardists, and more. While Smithville, Ellettsville, and the Tuesday Bloomington markets all shut down after September, Downtown Bloomington continues!

4. green-drinksGreen Drinks If you have never attended a Green Drinks talk, you should start. Hosted at Upland Brewery, a growing group of concerned citizens host lectures and forums to discuss environmental problems and local solutions.

5. ghostly-gatheringsGhostly Gathering October also means Halloween and Lake Monroe does is right in Monroe County! Trick-or-treating, Zombie history, costume contests, and the grand finale…the Campsite Decorating Contest. With events all weekend, there’s something for you!

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.