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12th Annual Bloomington Polar Bear Plunge

10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fairfax Beach, Fairfax Road, Bloomington IN
http://www.bloomingtonpolarbearplunge.org

This year will marks the 12th Annual Plunge … January 1st at 11:00AM at Fairfax Beach near Four Winds Resort in Bloomington. It’s a plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Monroe – and a seriously fun time for all !!

The 2016 Polar Bear Plunge is a free event — everyone is welcome! Certificates of Achievement will be awarded to all registered participants. This year’s theme is ugly sweaters.

T-shirts commemorating the event will be available at the event. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales go to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

For more information, check out our website: bloomingtonpolarbearplunge.org or email Cindy at cindyduffy@gmail.com”

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26 Friday / January 26, 2018

Eagles over Monroe

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Fairfax State Recreation Area
https://www.visitbloomington.com/eaglesovermonroe/

Eagles over Monroe celebrates the close relationship that Monroe Lake has with these majestic birds. Monroe Lake was the site of Indiana’s Bald Eagle reintroduction program. In the 30 years since, Bald Eagles have survived and thrived, becoming our lake’s signature bird. In more recent years, they have been joined by small numbers of Golden Eagles, which have learned that Monroe Lake is the perfect place to spend their winter.

This unique special event dives into the lives of eagles and other raptors: tour the lake to see eagles in the wild, learn about recent research, meet live raptors, explore bird biology, and explore new ways to enhance your enjoyment of birds at Monroe Lake. Programs are accessible to both beginners and experienced birders, adults, and children. Bring your family, bring your friends, and join us for Eagles over Monroe!

Animals / Children / Education / Outdoors / Speakers

3 Saturday / February 3, 2018

Solitude Hike

12:00 pm to 02:00 pm
The Cedars Preserve
https://sycamorelandtrust.org/Events/solitude-hike/

Often interpretive hikes involve so much discussion that you may never be fully aware of the sights and sounds around you. Join this hike to quietly explore The Cedars with shared readings and inspirational quotes along the way.

RSVP on our website or call (812)-336-5382 x100 for more info.

Animals / Fitness / Health / Outdoors / Spoken Word

10 Saturday / February 10, 2018

Little Hikers: Pine Needle Tea

12:00 pm to 02:00 pm
Cedar Crest
https://sycamorelandtrust.org/Events/little-hikers-pine-needle-tea/

We will learn how to identify local evergreens, including the white pine, which we will use to make a delicious and nutritious tea to warm our souls on this winter day. Join us at our headquarters, Cedar Crest, located at 4898 E Heritage Woods Road.

RSVP on our website or call (812)-336-5382 x100 for more info.

Children / Eat and Drink / Education / Entertainment / Outdoors

10 Saturday / February 10, 2018

Winter Palooza

02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Olcott Park - 2300 E Canada Dr. Bloomington, IN
https://bloomington.in.gov/recreation/programs/10331

Experience our midwestern winter wonderland!

No snow is required for our outdoor celebration of everything winter!
-Snowman Village! Buy a snowman template for $5, take it home, and decorate it with your own creativity! Bring your fabulous Frosty to Winter Palooza for display in the snowman village, and to compete for “Best Snowman” prizes!

-Mush! Be the lead dog in a human dogsled team, and race your way around our Indiana Iditarod course. Dogsleds provided!

-Pick up a Snow Snake and compete in our Snow Snake races! Don’t worry – Snow Snakes won’t bite!

-Play active, winter Wii games in our outdoor living room.

-Snow Wars – The icicle strikes back! You’ll love our safe version of a snowball fight.

-Have a Snow Cone – because it’s winter!

Other great games at Winter Palooza include Snowball Cornhole, Penguin Bowling, the Snowman Slam, winter crafts, face painting, a photo booth, and more!

Children / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Festivals / Outdoors / Volunteering

15 Thursday / February 15, 2018

Weekday Walkers: Fresh Air & Fitness

10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Yellowwood Farm
https://sycamorelandtrust.org/Events/weekday-walkers-fresh-air-fitness/

Enjoy a refreshing winter hike through meadow, creek, and upland forest at Yellowwood Farm, a conservation easement located at the edge of Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County. Meet at 9:30 in the Bloomingfoods East parking lot.

RSVP on our website or call (812)-336-5382 x100 for more info.

Fitness / Health / Outdoors

20 Friday / April 20, 2018

Nature Sounds – April Showers

06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Miller Showers Park
https://bloomington.in.gov/recreation/programs/10355

Nature sings, and her music touches all our lives. From the low, sad moan of an autumn wind to the melodious trills of spring frogs, the sounds of nature enfold us in every season and mood. The Nature Sounds series combines a live, acoustic performance by local musicians with an educational nature presentation about the sounds made and found in all of our outdoor spaces. Admission to Nature Sounds concerts is free. Bring your own seating. Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Showers Park, 1500 N College AVE: Nature topic is April Showers, and musical guest is Daily Bread and Butter.

Children / Education / Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

18 Friday / May 18, 2018

Nature Sounds – May Flowers

06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Miller Showers Park
https://bloomington.in.gov/recreation/programs/10356

Nature sings, and her music touches all our lives. From the low, sad moan of an autumn wind to the melodious trills of spring frogs, the sounds of nature enfold us in every season and mood. The Nature Sounds series combines a live, acoustic performance by local musicians with an educational nature presentation about the sounds made and found in all of our outdoor spaces. Admission to Nature Sounds concerts is free. Bring your own seating. Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Showers Park, 1500 N College AVE: Nature topic is May Flowers, and musical guest is TBA

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