Press release: 39th Annual Wildflower Foray from April 26-28th

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Celebrate Spring at 39th Annual Wildflower Foray

Celebrate Spring at 39th Annual Wildflower Foray

Guided hikes will highlight wildflowers and wildlife at 11 area locations.

NASHVILLE (April 17, 2024) — The beauty of nature will be on full display during the 39th annual Brown and Monroe’s Spring Wildflower Foray.

Happening from April 26-28, this collaborative event offers visitors a chance to explore the outdoors, celebrate natural history and learn about the area’s environmental concerns through guided hikes and other programs. Events will take place at Brown County State Park, Flatwoods Park, Kent Farm Preserve, Monroe Lake, Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve, Paynetown State Recreation Area, Stillwater Marsh, Stone Head Nature Preserve and T.C. Steele State Historic Site.

Wildflowers will be the stars of the seasonal show, but nature lovers of all kinds will find many more activities to enjoy, including hikes highlighting birds, butterflies and other native wildlife, as well as workshops focusing on flower arranging, wild mushrooms and edible plants.

Visitors can also help monitor and document plant species in the area’s parks, forests and nature preserves by participating in the spring wildflower census. During the three-day event, attendees will help identify wildflowers, trees and shrubs in bloom, adding to the data gathered during four decades of census events to help conservationists track changes over time and better manage natural areas.

Wildflower Foray programs are free, though site admission is required for historic building tours and some locations may have gate fees. A complete schedule of hikes and programs schedule is available through the Indiana DNR website. Advance registration is required for several activities. All hikes will take place rain or shine.

Also coinciding with the annual Wildflower Foray, T.C. Steele State Historic Site will host its Arts of the Earth Day and Teddy Bears’ Picnic on April 27. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., visitors can watch artists at work and take self-guided walks through the gardens and ground to enjoy the famous daffodils and other spring flowers. At 1 p.m., children can bring their teddy bears and dolls dressed in their springtime best to enjoy a reading of “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” followed by cookies and lemonade by the formal garden plus other games and activities. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is $4 per child, and registration is available through the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites website.

Additionally, anyone looking to enhance their at-home gardens can attend the Friends of Brown County State Park plant sale from 9 a.m.-noon on April 27 at the state park nature center as well as the native plant sale from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27 and 1-4 p.m. April 28 at Hinkle Garton Homestead.

The Wildflower Foray is presented by Brown County State Park, Hoosier National Forest, Indiana Division of Nature Preserves, IU Research & Teaching Preserves, Monroe County Parks & Recreation, Monroe Lake and Stone Head Conversancy, and sponsored by Friends of Brown County State Park, Friends of T.C. Steele, Images Botanical, Indiana Native Plant Conservancy, Sassafras Audubon Society, Sycamore Land Trust, T.C. Steele State Historic Site and The Nature Conservancy.

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About the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a museum system with 12 locations across the state, offering visitors a chance to engage with Indiana’s past and present and see how their actions help shape the future. At each location, visitors are invited to explore big questions and create lasting experiences that will resonate long after each visit ends. Whether interested in art or architecture, history or science, there’s something for everyone and every interest. The Indianapolis museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The historic sites are located across the state, stretching from Rome City in northeastern Indiana to Evansville in the southwest. Learn more at IndianaMuseum.org

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