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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 [email protected]

Benefits / Comedy / Fitness / Outdoors

3 Saturday / October 3, 2020

Hands-on Habitat Day

09:00 am to 07:30 pm
Monroe Lake
http://www.tinyurl.com/monroelake

As a reservoir property, Monroe Lake has an active wildlife management program, but one that exists largely behind the scenes. On Saturday, October 3, a Hands-on Habitat day will offer visitors a chance to directly participate in and learn about this hidden side of the reservoir.

Volunteers with an interest in waterfowl hunting are invited to help clean, repair, and cut brush to camouflage the blinds in Monroe Lake’s Stillwater-Northfork wildlife area, beginning at 9 a.m. Youth volunteers (including scout groups) are welcome, if accompanied by an adult. Details are at http://bit.ly/camouduck2020.

From 12 to 1 p.m., you can stop by the new pollinator garden space next to the Activity Center at Paynetown State Recreation Area to learn why native plants are valuable for pollinators. Visitors can make a couple of mini “seed bombs” to toss into their own garden at home.

A guided hike through the field areas at Fairfax State Recreation Area at 3 p.m. will introduce people to how this area is managed for wildlife. This hike is limited to 15 people and advance registration is required by Oct. 1. More details and registration is at http://bit.ly/fairfaxhike2020.

Volunteers are needed for a nest box build at Fairfax SRA at 6 p.m. The nest boxes will be used at the reservoir to support wild bird populations. Advance signup is required by Oct. 1 at http://bit.ly/nestbox2020 and will be limited to 10 people.

Campers at Paynetown SRA should watch for a naturalist walking through the Campground in the evening. She’ll be pulling a wagon with live tree saplings to highlight how tree plantings are used in wildlife management. A limited number of seed packets will be distributed.

Property admission to Paynetown (4850 S. State Road 446) and Fairfax SRA (9301 S. Fairfax Road) is $7 per vehicle, with Indiana license plates ($9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates). For reciprocal admission on the same day only, show your receipt from one SRA for admission to the other. Indiana State Park Annual Entrance Permits are also accepted at both locations. There is no fee at Stillwater-Northfork (intersection of Kent and McGowan Roads) and the fee for Fairfax SRA will be waived for those entering only for the nest box build.

Questions should be directed to Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist, at the Paynetown Activity Center on Monroe Lake, 812-837-9967 or [email protected]

Animals / Education / Outdoors / Volunteering

6 Tuesday / October 6, 2020

Flora Field Day

09:30 am to 11:30 am
Allens Creek SRA
http://bit.ly/florafieldoct2020

Want to work on your flora identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! Monthly Flora Field Days at Monroe Lake emphasize proper use and application of an ID key, which opens the door to identifying thousands of species.

The final session this year will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6 at Allens Creek State Recreation Area, at the end of Allens Creek Road. Registration, which is free, is required by Oct. 4 at http://bit.ly/florafieldoct2020.

The naturalist will work with each attendee based on their prior experience. If you’ve never worked with flower ID before, this is a great way to learn. If you have prior experience, this is a fun way to practice your skills (and maybe add some new blooms to your life list!).

Admission to Allens Creek SRA is free. Questions about this program should be directed to Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist, at 812-837-9967 or [email protected]

Education / Outdoors

11 Sunday / October 11, 2020

Earth Science Week


Monroe Lake
http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms

Geology lovers will find lots to learn about during a week-long celebration of Earth Science Week at Monroe Lake from Sunday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

Three of the programs require advance registration and have limited space available. They are a Geology Driving Tour around the lake area on Monday, Oct. 12 (http://bit.ly/geotour2020), a paddling trip that will highlight the geology of the Allens Creek peninsula on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (http://bit.ly/exploremonroeoct13), and a crinoid fossil bed hike on Friday, Oct. 16 (http://bit.ly/crinoidhike2020).

Additional activities are scheduled throughout the week at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, and are open to all visitors without registration. The full schedule of is available online at http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms.

“South-central Indiana has a lot of interesting geological features, many of which are highlighted in the area around Monroe Lake,” observed Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist. “Earth Science Week is a great opportunity for people to explore and learn more.”

Property admission to Paynetown (4850 S. State Road 446) is $7 per vehicle, with Indiana license plates ($9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates). Questions about Earth Science Week programming should be directed to Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist, at 812-837-9967 or [email protected]

Children / Education / Fitness / Outdoors

12 Monday / October 12, 2020

Earth Science Week


Monroe Lake
http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms

Geology lovers will find lots to learn about during a week-long celebration of Earth Science Week at Monroe Lake from Sunday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

Three of the programs require advance registration and have limited space available. They are a Geology Driving Tour around the lake area on Monday, Oct. 12 (http://bit.ly/geotour2020), a paddling trip that will highlight the geology of the Allens Creek peninsula on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (http://bit.ly/exploremonroeoct13), and a crinoid fossil bed hike on Friday, Oct. 16 (http://bit.ly/crinoidhike2020).

Additional activities are scheduled throughout the week at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, and are open to all visitors without registration. The full schedule of is available online at http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms.

“South-central Indiana has a lot of interesting geological features, many of which are highlighted in the area around Monroe Lake,” observed Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist. “Earth Science Week is a great opportunity for people to explore and learn more.”

Property admission to Paynetown (4850 S. State Road 446) is $7 per vehicle, with Indiana license plates ($9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates). Questions about Earth Science Week programming should be directed to Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist, at 812-837-9967 or [email protected]

Children / Education / Fitness / Outdoors

15 Thursday / October 15, 2020

Earth Science Week


Monroe Lake
http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms

Geology lovers will find lots to learn about during a week-long celebration of Earth Science Week at Monroe Lake from Sunday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

Three of the programs require advance registration and have limited space available. They are a Geology Driving Tour around the lake area on Monday, Oct. 12 (http://bit.ly/geotour2020), a paddling trip that will highlight the geology of the Allens Creek peninsula on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (http://bit.ly/exploremonroeoct13), and a crinoid fossil bed hike on Friday, Oct. 16 (http://bit.ly/crinoidhike2020).

Additional activities are scheduled throughout the week at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, and are open to all visitors without registration. The full schedule of is available online at http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms.

“South-central Indiana has a lot of interesting geological features, many of which are highlighted in the area around Monroe Lake,” observed Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist. “Earth Science Week is a great opportunity for people to explore and learn more.”

Property admission to Paynetown (4850 S. State Road 446) is $7 per vehicle, with Indiana license plates ($9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates). Questions about Earth Science Week programming should be directed to Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist, at 812-837-9967 or [email protected]

Children / Education / Fitness / Outdoors

16 Friday / October 16, 2020

Earth Science Week


Monroe Lake
http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms

Geology lovers will find lots to learn about during a week-long celebration of Earth Science Week at Monroe Lake from Sunday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

Three of the programs require advance registration and have limited space available. They are a Geology Driving Tour around the lake area on Monday, Oct. 12 (http://bit.ly/geotour2020), a paddling trip that will highlight the geology of the Allens Creek peninsula on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (http://bit.ly/exploremonroeoct13), and a crinoid fossil bed hike on Friday, Oct. 16 (http://bit.ly/crinoidhike2020).

Additional activities are scheduled throughout the week at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, and are open to all visitors without registration. The full schedule of is available online at http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms.

“South-central Indiana has a lot of interesting geological features, many of which are highlighted in the area around Monroe Lake,” observed Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist. “Earth Science Week is a great opportunity for people to explore and learn more.”

Property admission to Paynetown (4850 S. State Road 446) is $7 per vehicle, with Indiana license plates ($9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates). Questions about Earth Science Week programming should be directed to Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist, at 812-837-9967 or [email protected]

Children / Education / Fitness / Outdoors

17 Saturday / October 17, 2020

Earth Science Week


Monroe Lake
http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms

Geology lovers will find lots to learn about during a week-long celebration of Earth Science Week at Monroe Lake from Sunday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

Three of the programs require advance registration and have limited space available. They are a Geology Driving Tour around the lake area on Monday, Oct. 12 (http://bit.ly/geotour2020), a paddling trip that will highlight the geology of the Allens Creek peninsula on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (http://bit.ly/exploremonroeoct13), and a crinoid fossil bed hike on Friday, Oct. 16 (http://bit.ly/crinoidhike2020).

Additional activities are scheduled throughout the week at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, and are open to all visitors without registration. The full schedule of is available online at http://bitly.com/monroelakeprograms.

“South-central Indiana has a lot of interesting geological features, many of which are highlighted in the area around Monroe Lake,” observed Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist. “Earth Science Week is a great opportunity for people to explore and learn more.”

Property admission to Paynetown (4850 S. State Road 446) is $7 per vehicle, with Indiana license plates ($9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates). Questions about Earth Science Week programming should be directed to Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist, at 812-837-9967 or [email protected]

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