(BLOOMINGTON) – Jill Vance, C.I.G. Interpretive Naturalist for Monroe Lake is reminding residents there are still a number of ways to enjoy activities at Lake Monroe virtually.
Click on the program name to follow the link to the event page, then set your status to “GOING” to receive an automated reminder from Facebook.
Not on Facebook? You won’t be able to participate in any of the live components of Lake Monroe’s virtual programming; however, their Facebook page is public, so you can still access videos (after they debut) on the Video tab of their Facebook page, as well as view photos and other posted content.
- Facebook LIVE: Wild Edible Teas on Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m. – Learn how to identify and harvest several common wild plants and turn them into hot and cold teas. If your daily meals have been a little repetitious recently, this is a fun way to add something unique.
- Craft Tutorial Video Premiere: Sunflower Greeting Card on Saturday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. – The naturalist discusses sunflowers and shows you how to make a sunflower greeting card that includes real seeds to plant.
- Facebook LIVE: Learning Leaves Hike (Facebook Live) on Thursday, May 7 at 11 a.m. – Take a closer look at leaves, with an eye toward identifying the type of tree. You’ll discover the difference between alternate and opposite, entire and toothed, and other leaf characteristics – and learn how to use a simple tree ID guide.
- Craft Tutorial Video Premiere: Striped Skunk Mini Puppet on Tuesday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. – The naturalist tells us a little bit about the life of a striped skunk and demonstrates how to make a striped skunk mini puppet from a wine cork.
- Facebook LIVE: Memories and Q&A with Rex Watters, Wildlife Biologist, on Thursday, May 14 at 11 a.m. – Rex Watters, wildlife biologist, will retire in June 2020 after more than 40 years at Monroe Lake. He’ll share his favorite memories and stories and answer your questions about wildlife management and his career at the lake.
The following topics and dates are still tentative – keep an eye on the Facebook page for their event listings to be added as the dates get closer.
- Facebook LIVE: Fossils of Monroe Lake (May 21)
- Interpretive Program Video: Unfurling Ferns (May 23)
- Interpretive Program Video: Kayaking at Crooked Creek (May 26)
- Facebook LIVE: On the Water Q&A (May 28)
Links to Past Virtual Programs
Did you miss a virtual program? No problem. Here are direct links to our virtual programs that have already aired/premiered …
Facebook Live Programs/Hike: Recordings of the Live Broadcast
- Slithering Snakes (originally broadcast March 20)
- Salamander Search (originally broadcast March 21)
- Geodes (originally broadcast March 27)
- Signs of Spring Hike (originally broadcast April 3)
- Backyard Plants Hike (originally broadcast April 10)
- Salt Creek Wildflowers Hike (originally broadcast April 14)
- American Beavers (originally broadcast April 17)
Craft Tutorial Videos
- Chlorophyll Pounded Leaf Craft Tutorial (premiered April 4)
- Bald Eagle Flyer Craft Tutorial (premiered April 11)
- “Flying V” Geese Bookmark Craft Tutorial (premiered on April 18)
- Constellation Viewer Craft Tutorial (premiered on April 25)
Interpretive Program Videos