Monroe Lake Invites Volunteers, Offers Eclipse T-Shirts, and Hosts Nature Events for Spring and Summer During May

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Bloomington, Indiana – As the summer season approaches, Monroe Lake is on the lookout for dedicated volunteers to serve as campground hosts at Paynetown State Recreation Area (SRA).

The program, aimed at park enthusiasts, offers individuals the opportunity to enjoy free camping in exchange for volunteering approximately 20 hours per week during their stay. This one-month commitment is ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Volunteer responsibilities include tasks such as campground check-in, beach supervision, trash cleanup, and assisting with children’s activities.

Interested applicants must pass a background check. For those eager to contribute to the park’s operations while enjoying the natural beauty of Monroe Lake, further details can be obtained by emailing [email protected].

Limited-Edition Eclipse T-shirts Available

For those looking to commemorate the recent solar eclipse, limited-edition T-shirts are still available for purchase at Paynetown SRA’s property office. Priced at $24.95, these shirts serve as a stylish reminder of the celestial event. Supplies are limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to visit the office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily to secure their own eclipse souvenir.

39th Annual Spring Wildflower Foray

Nature enthusiasts are invited to participate in the 39th Annual Spring Wildflower Foray, taking place from April 26th to April 28th. Hosted by local parks and experienced guides in Brown and Monroe counties, the event offers 25 hikes and presentations showcasing the region’s diverse flora.

While most programs are open to the public without registration, some sessions have limited capacity and require advance sign-up. Additional information, including a full list of programs and locations, can be found at tinyurl.com/foray2024.

Free Entrance Day at Monroe Lake

On Sunday, May 5th, Monroe Lake will join Indiana State Park properties in waiving daily entrance fees. Visitors can explore Paynetown and Fairfax SRAs free of charge, making it an ideal opportunity for families and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the park’s amenities.

Flora Field Days and Kids to Parks Day

For those interested in flora identification, Flora Field Days offer an opportunity to hone botanical skills alongside experienced naturalists. These free sessions, held on the first Tuesday of each month, focus on utilizing identification keys to recognize various plant species. Advance registration is required for participation.

Additionally, families are encouraged to participate in Kids to Parks Day on May 18th. This national event promotes outdoor exploration and connection with local, state, and national parks. Paynetown SRA will host activities including a woodland scavenger hunt and a craft session to create beaded frog keychains.

Kayaking Programs and Virtual Offerings

Monroe Lake offers a variety of kayaking programs, catering to beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Beginner workshops provide instruction and practice sessions, while guided paddling trips offer opportunities to explore the lake’s scenic waterways. Advance sign-up is required for all programs.

For those unable to attend in person, Monroe Lake presents upcoming virtual programs via Facebook LIVE. These sessions cover topics such as wildlife observation and environmental education, providing engaging content accessible to a wide audience.

As Monroe Lake prepares for a summer season filled with outdoor adventures, visitors are encouraged to explore the diverse array of programs and events offered both onsite and virtually.

For more information on upcoming events and program schedules, visit Monroe Lake’s official website and social media channels.

Monroe Lake Website: on.IN.gov/monroelake
Monroe Lake Program & Event Calendar: bit.ly/monroelakecalendar
Monroe Lake on Facebook: facebook.com/monroelake


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