36th Annual Wildflower Foray

A springtime tradition, April 23-25, 2021

Experience hikes, nature and flowers during this three-day, co-operative event throughout Brown County. Venture out on wildflower and bird walks, take a wetland hike, explore nature photography and more at T.C. Steele State Historic Site and other locations throughout the area. Historic building tours are not included in this event but can be purchased with site admission. Other locations may have gate fees. Pre-registration required for some Wildflower Foray activities.

Wildflower Counts and the MOTUS Tower
Live Streaming Program
Saturday, 7:00pm

Wildflower author Kay Yatskievych will summarize the 2020 and 2021 wildflower count and a presentation on the MOTUS Tower at T.C. Steele will be offered! Enjoy your own dessert and drinks from home while watching this evening program! Register through Eventbrite by April 23 at noon to receive Zoom link.

Guided Hikes

Space is limited, advanced registration required.

Treasure Hunts

Self-guided hikes to search for springtime treasures.

Virtual Programs

Enjoy on your own time from the home.


Guided Hikes

Friday, April 23

9:00 am

Wildflowers at Selma Steele Nature Preserve

Moderate Hike
T.C Steele State Historic Site Visitors Center | 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Nashville, IN 47448

Wildflower author Kay Yatskievych will lead a 2 ½ to 3-hour MODERATE wildflower walk in and around this lovely state nature preserve.


Wildflowers at Selma Steele Nature Preserve

Rugged Hike
T.C Steele State Historic Site Visitors Center | 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Nashville, IN 47448

DNR Nature Preserves Assistant Director and Ecologist Tom Swinford will lead a 2 ½ to 3-hour RUGGED wildflower walk in and around this lovely state nature preserve. 

9:30 am

Salt Creek Hillside Hike

Moderate Hike
Brown County State Park | 1801 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448

Explore a limestone hillside abundant with twinleaf and trilliums, then venture down into a creek valley known for producing white-flowering Virginia bluebells with Jill Vance, Interpretive Naturalist for Monroe Lake, C.I.G. This 2-hour off-trail hike will ramble down a moderately-sloping hill into the floodplain next to the creek, so wear shoes with good tread

11:00 am

Journey to Kelp Village

Moderate Hike
Brown County State Park | 1801 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448

Adventure with State Park Naturalist Patrick Haulter and plant guru David Mow to the site of an old village dating back to the late 1800s. Add new and amazing flowers to our list as we find old home sites using plants and flowers, planted by the early settlers, as our guide. Be prepared for a MODERATE 2-hour trek of about 4.5 miles round trip

1:00 pm

Butterflies at Allens Creek

Moderate Hike
Allens Creek State Recreational Site | 6391 Allens Creek Road, Bloomington, IN 47401

Jeff Belth, author of Butterflies of Indiana, a Field Guide, and retired Monroe Co. Parks & Rec Naturalist Sandy Belth will lead a 1 ½-hour MODERATE walk to identify butterflies and larval host plants important to these “flying flowers.”  

3:30 pm

Kent Farm Trek

Rugged Hike
Kent Farm| 8475 E Kent Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401

Wildflowers and wildlife abound at the Kent Farm unit of the Indiana University Research & Teaching Preserve.  Join IU biologist Mark Sheehan for a RUGGED 3-hour, 1.3-mile loop through rich Salt Creek bottomland, up a wooded ridge crowned with chestnut oak, and back.  Mark will stress wildflower and tree identification and work in as much forest ecology as he can. 


Hot Hills, Cool Valleys

Monderate Hike
Brown County State Park Saddle Barn | 1801 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448

Search for wildflowers, ferns and fascinating fungi (edible and otherwise) as you explore ridge tops and valleys with Interpretive Naturalist David Mow.  For this 1 ½-2 hour, MODERATE hike through the northernmost section of Brown County State Park


5:30 pm

Birding by Kayak

Crooked Creek State Recreational Site | T.C. Steele Road

Join birding guide David Rupp of IndiGo Birding Nature Tours for a 2-hour, slow evening paddle. Participants will search for birds such as the great blue heron, wood duck, and the beautiful prothonotary warbler, with emphasis on identifying some birds by their songs. Beginning kayakers and birders welcome.

Bring your own kayak or canoe OR use one of ours for a $25 fee (6 available, first-come first-served, select this option during registration, bring cash/check for kayak rental to the program).


Saturday, April 24

7:30 am

Early Birds at Stone Head Nature Preserve

Easy Hike
Stone Head Nature Preserve | 4643-5013 W Bellsville Pike, Nashville, IN 47448

Join Mike Kelley and Jeff Riegel, president and vice president of the Stone Head Conservancy, for an EASY, 2 ½-hour stroll through part of the beautiful, 138-acre Stone Head Nature Preserve.  High rubber boots are recommended for walking through the Zimmerman Wetland Bird Habitat in search of some of the 176 species of documented birds.  

10:00 am

Creek Walk

Easy Hike
Brown County State Park Ogle Lake | 1801 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448

Join “Moment of Science” radio personality Don Glass, naturalist and botanical illustrator Gillian Harris for a 1 ½-hour EASY walk along a stream in the Schooner Valley. Participants will identify a variety of wildflowers that flourish in and around the park’s creeks and valleys

11:00 am

Gardening with Natives


Brown County State Park Nature Center | 1801 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448

Spend some time with Master Gardener Chuck Burkhart and Park Naturalist Patrick Haulter as they talk about the new Interpretive Gardens at the Brown County State Park Nature Center. Learn ways to use native plants in your garden beds at home, creating beautiful garden beds and great pollinator habitats! We will even give you tips on native plants that deer don’t like, plants that tolerate the shade, and plants that grow in difficult soils.

1:00 pm

Ogle Hollow Hike


Monderate Hike
Brown County State Park, Trailhead #5 | 1801 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 4744

Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve is one of the richest coves in Brown County, with a profusion of wildflowers, ferns and the rare yellowwood tree.  State Park Naturalist Patrick Haulter and Naturalist Interpreter David Mow will lead a 2-hour MODERATE hike into the hollow, identifying plants and migrating songbirds. 

3:30 pm

Weed Wrangle for Wildflowers

Brown County State Park, Horse Camp | 1801 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 4744

Show your love for native plants by removing one of their enemies: invasive garlic mustard!  Join Brown County State Park Naturalist Patrick Haulter for a Brown County Native Woodlands Project Weed Wrangle Indiana® workday.  It’s a national event that highlights the need for hands-on invasive species management.  Wear appropriate clothes for work:  gloves, long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes

Sunday, April 25

9:00 am

Wildflowers at Selma Steele Nature Preserve

Moderate Hike
T.C. Steele State Historic Site | 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Nashville, IN 47448

Wildflower author Kay Yatskievych will lead a 2 ½ to 3-hour MODERATE wildflower walk in and around this lovely state nature preserve. 

Wildflowers at Selma Steele Nature Preserve

Rugged Hike
T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Retired Monroe County Parks naturalist Cathy Meyer will lead a 2 ½ to 3-hour RUGGED wildflower walk in and around this lovely state nature preserve. 

10:00 am

Low Gap Back Country

Moderate Hike
Morgan Monroe State Forest | 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN 46151

Join Naturalist Interpreter David Mow in exploring the Morgan-Monroe State Forest.  This 2 hour, approximately 2 mile MODERATE hike will be off-trail, following the creeks, and will skirt the Low Gap Nature Preserve. We will make several creek crossings so appropriate foot-ware is a must.

1:00 pm

Explore Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill

Rugged Hike
Laura Hare Nature Preserve

Nearly one square mile in size, this preserve helps form a huge block of contiguous forest, protected for wildflowers, songbirds, raptors and other wildlife.  Naturalist Cathy Meyer will lead a RUGGED, 3-hour journey from ridgeline to valley and back

Treasure Hunt Hikes

Download the field notes and wildflower check lists, hike at your own pace, and try your hand at wildflower identification.

Hot Hills, Cool Hollows Treasure Hunt

Brown County State Park

Curated by  David Mow, davidmow@att.net

Ogle Lake Treasure
Hunt

Brown County State Park

Curated by David Mow, davidmow@att.net

Selma Steele Treasure
Hunt

T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Curated by Kay Yatskievych, Kay.Yatskievych@mobot.org

Wander the Wilderness

Hoosier National Forest

Curated by Cheryl Hayes, cheryl.coon@usda.gov


Virtual Programs
Tune in at your convenience

Spring Wildflowers

Basics of Wildflower ID

Backyard Plants

Salt Creek Wildflowers

Unfurling Ferns

Wild
Hyacinth

For more information email Patrick Haulter, Brown County State Park Naturalist.