OFFICIAL WEBPAGE - Wildflower Foray
Schedule of 2012 Wildflower Foray hikes pdf
2012 Wildflower Species Checklist pdf
Schedule of 2012 Wildflower Foray hikes pdf
2012 Wildflower Species Checklist pdf
FRIDAY EVENTS APRIL 27, 2012
#1 Wildflowers at Selma Steele 9:00 am
Join wildflower author Kay Yatskievych, DNR Nature Preserves
Ecologist Tom Swinford, and TC Steele staff member Davie Kean for
wildflower treks in and around the Selma N. Steele State Nature
Preserve. Choose from 2½ to 3-hour RUGGED to MODERATE
hikes. Meet at Location A. Repeated at 1:00 pm.
#2 Ridges of Lucas Hollow 10:00 am
Join DNR Interpretive Naturalist Jill Vance for a RUGGED, off-trail hike
through lands managed by Monroe Lake and Yellowwood State Forest.
Explore this varied new hike area. 1½-hours. Meet at Location E.
#3 Spring’s Promise 10:00 am
The soil smells fresh and the air is cool. Join DNR Interpretive
Naturalist Jim Eagleman for a 2-hour MODERATE walk into Strahl
Valley. Learn about its history and how past land practices have
resulted in today’s park flora. Meet at Location F.
#4 Blooms from the Waist Up 1:00 pm
Celebrate the beauties of blooming trees and shrubs with DNR
District Forester Ralph Unversaw. Dogwood and redbud are the
show-offs of the season, but there is more to see if you know where
to look! Explore areas near Yellowwood Lake on this MODERATE,
2-hour hike. Meet at Location D.
#5 Wildflowers at Selma Steele 1:00 pm
If you missed the morning hikes at T.C. Steele, here is a second
opportunity. See Hike #1 description. Meet at Location A.
#6 Getting to Know Selma’s Garden 1:00 pm
Selma Steele translated nature observations into gardening methods
—with great results. See for yourself on this EASY 1-hour stroll with
Davie Kean through Selma’s restored gardens. Meet at Location A.
#7 Waldrip Cabin Hike 3:30 pm
Join forester Teena Ligman of Hoosier National Forest and botanist
Kirk Larson, on a 2-hour MODERATE hike to the historic Waldrip
Cabin. This now-abandoned cabin was built in 1877 and is nestled
among the ridgetops near Lake Monroe. Meet at Location B.
#8 Butterflies of Zimmerman Wetlands 3:30 pm
Join Monroe County Parks & Recreation Naturalist Sandy Belth for
an EASY 1-hour walk learning about host plants and nectar sources
for these “Flying Flowers.” Meet at Location G.
#9 An Evening Nature Stroll 7:30 pm
Join DNR Naturalist Jim Eagleman and BirdCountry.US Director Jeff
Riegel to explore the Zimmerman Wetland Bird Habitat at Stone Head
Nature Preserve as the evening comes alive with the sounds of wildlife
and thoughts of the Preserve’s namesake. Meet at Location G.
#10 Owls, Pals & S’mores 7:30 pm
Join Susan Douglas MN/CIG around the campfire with Laura Edmonds,
Patti Reynolds and a live owl (an education bird from the Indiana Raptor
Center). We’ll try to talk with some of the park’s wild owls, and end the
evening with toasted marshmallows and s’mores. Meet at Location C
SATURDAY EVENTS APRIL 28, 2012
#11 Early Birds at T.C. Steele 7:00 am
Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them! Retired IU
biology professor Don Whitehead and BirdCountry.US Director Jeff
Riegel will lead a MODERATE, 2-hour walk in the forest near the
Steele home. Expect to find migrating warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks
and thrushes searching for food in the budding oaks. Meet at
#12 Lake Monroe Backwaters 9:00 am
Take a boat trip with DNR Wildlife Specialist Rex Watters and
Interpretive Naturalist Jill Vance, to see wildflowers, wildlife and a
whole lotta watta. Bring a life jacket if you have one, plus water and
a sack lunch—the trip will last into the afternoon. Boats will stop at
several spots to explore, so wear boots and old clothes! Limited to
25 participants. Pre-registration required after 3/24/12. Call (812)
988-2785. Note: boats are small, and you MUST be nimble enough
to climb in and out several times. Meet at Location E.
#13 Wildflowers at Griffy Lake 9:00 am
The City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation invites wildflower fans
to enjoy a stunning array of spring blossoms, nestled amid the
ridges and ravines surrounding Griffy Lake. Program Specialist
Kriste Lindberg will be your guide for this EASY, 2-hour walk.
Meet at Location M.
#14 T.C. Steele Art Trek 10:00 am
Take to the woods with wildflower artist Betty Wagoner and Susan
Douglas, MN/CIG, to capture the beauty that inspired Hoosier artist T.C.
Steele 100 years ago. Bring a sketchbook and your choice of drawing
media for an EASY, 2-hour sketching walk. Meet at Location A.
#15 Fire on the Vistas 1:00 pm
Join DNR Naturalist Jim Eagleman for a talk on prescribed fire and
its use as a management tool, then carpool to a park vista for an upclose
look at a March, 2012 burn. 1½ hours. Meet at Location C.
#16 IU Teaching Preserve Trek 1:00 pm
Learn of the ecological research taking place at Kent Farm Teaching
Preserve and nearby Stillwater Marsh discovering wildflowers and wildlife.
Angie Shelton, IU Research & Teaching Preserve Research Associate,
and naturalist Cathy Meyer of Monroe County Parks & Recreation will lead
the 2-hour, MODERATE walk. Carpool from Location A.
#17 Creek Walk 3:30 pm
Join “Moment of Science” radio personality Don Glass, botanical
illustrator Gillian Harris, and Susan Douglas MN/CIG for this EASY,
1½-hour walk along a stream in the Schooner Valley watershed.
We’ll identify wildflowers that flourish in and around the park’s creeks
and valleys. Meet at Location I.
#18 Wild Hyacinth Hike 3:30 pm
Botanist Kirk Larson and Forester Teena Ligman of Hoosier National
Forest will lead a MODERATE, 2-hour hike along a unique limestone
ridge in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area looking for wild
hyacinths. Limited to 18, so pre-registration is required. Call (812)
275-5987 to register. Carpool from Location B.
#19 “Scouting” for Wildflowers 3:30 pm
Explore the former Belmont Girl Scout Camp (now aTNC property) with
Brown County Hills Project Director Dan Shaver and Field Steward
Mike Everidge. “Scout” for wildflowers during this RUGGED, 2-hour
hike. Plan to stay for dinner after! See #20, below. Meet at Location K.
#20 Flowers, Friends & Food 6:00 pm
Join fellow Foray aficionados for a catered picnic-style dinner,
perched over a ravine at “Bridge House.” Cost is $8.00 per person,
payable to Friends of T.C. Steele. Reservations required.To
reserve, call (812)-988-2785, or email email@example.com
before April 23rd. Bring along photos—and memories—of past Forays
you wish to share. Meet at Location K.
#21 A Tally, a Tribute and a Tome 7:30 pm
Wildflower author Kay Yatskievych will summarize the 2012 count as
dessert and beverages are enjoyed. Author Michael Homoya from INDR
Nature Preserves will sign copies of his latest book, “Wildflowers and
Ferns of Indiana Forests,” followed by a short talk on plants of our
Hoosier state. In tribute to Bill Zimmerman (1937-2011), memories of
this remarkable friend, naturalist and artist will be shared. This year’s
silent auction includes a limited edition Zimmerman print. Proceeds help
support the Foray. No reservations needed. Meet at Location K
SUNDAY EVENTS APRIL 29, 2012
#22 Birds of Wetlands & Meadows 7:00 am
A morning with local birding experts Jim and Susan Hengeveld, will
feature birds that thrive in the wetland / meadow complex found at
the Stone Head Nature Preserve. Bring binoculars and field guides
for an EASY 2-hour walk. Meet at Location G.
#23 Wildflower Yoga 9:00 am
Salute the sun as a wildflower would—surrounded by natural beauty.
Join yoga instructor Lee Edgren for a 1-hour session appropriate for
beginners. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or
blanket for a new twist on traditional yoga poses. Meet at Location A
#24 Wander the Wilderness 10:00 am
Explore Hoosier National Forest’s MODERATE Hayes Trail in the
Charles C. Deam Wilderness with botanist Kirk Larson and forester
Teena Ligman. Bring lunch and water, and enjoy up to 4 hours looking
for wildflowers. Pre-registration requested. Call the HNF office at
(812) 275-5987 to register. Meet at Location B.
#25 A Wild(flower) Hour on Campus 10:00 am
Join Jonathan Bauer, IU Ph.D. candidate, for an EASY 1-hour walk
through Indiana University’s Dunn’s Woods. Learn of efforts to protect
campus wildflowers from invasive species and which strategies best help
in restoring native plants. Meet at Location J.
#26 The Essence of Flowers 10:30 am
Join Robin Parkhill, D.C. and Susan Douglas MN/CIG for a 1½-hour
talk on capturing the healing energy of plants using infusions made
from flowers picked in full bloom. Meet at Location A
#27 Kids Photography Workshop 1:00 pm
Bring a camera, but leave the parents behind! Join Sycamore Land
Trust Environmental Educator Carroll Ritter and an SLT volunteer, for
a 2½-hour nature photography workshop for kids. Take wildflower
close-ups visiting a nearby pond and stream. Pre-registration
required at (812) 988-2785. Limited to 15. Meet at Location L
#28 Fire in the Valley 1:00 pm
Meet Resource Specialist Laurie Burgess of Yellowwood and
Morgan-Monroe State Forests to explore a valley abundant with fire
pinks and perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive green dragon. For
a MODERATE, 2-hour walk, carpool from Location D
#29 Sunday Stroll in the Park 3:00 pm
Wind up the weekend with Susan Douglas, MN/CIG, for a 1-hour
stroll on the park’s EASY access trail, discussing wildflowers, wild
edibles, park history and more! Meet at Location H.
STATION LOCATION - Lat: N 39 ° 20 ' 27 '' ( 39.341 ° ) Lon: W 86 ° 10 ' 25 '' ( -86.174 ° ) Elevation (ft): 1036