Monroe Lake, Early May 2020: Virtual Programs, COVID-19 Park Update

Early May 2020 E-Newsletter

  • COVID-19 Park Update
  • From Water to Woods Virtual Bioblitz, month of May
  • Free Fishing Day, May 3
  • Parks to Kids Day, May 16
  • More Upcoming Virtual Programs
  • Links to Past Virtual Programs

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COVID-19 Park Update

For the latest information on what’s open, precautions, closures and cancellations, please visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Covid-19 Response website


From Water to Woods Virtual Bioblitz, month of May

We need your help to create a bio-inventory for plants, animals, and fungi found at Monroe Lake during the month of May 2020. No experience, identification skills, or special expertise needed … just an interest in the outdoors and a willingness to help.

  • How to participate: Download the free iNaturalist app on your smartphone and create an account, then search for and join the project “Monroe Lake: From Water to Woods (May 2020 Bioblitz).” During the month of May, visit the lands and waters around Monroe Lake, take photos of plants, animals, and fungi and upload your observations into iNaturalist (make sure you tag the project name when submitting an observation).
  • Observations must be recorded on PUBLIC lands and waters adjacent to Monroe Lake (Bloomington, Indiana) and its backwaters, which are owned by the Indiana Division of State Parks, Indiana Division of Forestry, Hoosier National Forest, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Bonus Incentive: At the end of May, all participants who upload at least 10 observations into the “Monroe Lake: From Water to Woods” project will be entered into a drawing to win a 2020 Annual Entrance Pass for Indiana State Parks.


Free Fishing Day on Sunday, May 3

On Sunday, May 3, all Indiana residents, regardless of age, may fish without a license in any of our state’s public waters. Fishing is a great way to relax, and you might even catch your dinner. We encourage you to use this opportunity to introduce your significant other or child to a new hobby. All other fishing rules and regulations still apply. Click here to view the 2020 Indiana Fishing Guide.


Parks to Kids Day on Saturday, May 16

Instead of Kids to Parks Day, this year we’re celebrating PARKS TO KIDS DAY. Check out the event schedule below … we’re offering a mix of virtual and interactive activities that your family can enjoy while staying safe and healthy. Click here to mark yourself “GOING” on the Facebook Event Page so that you’ll receive an event reminder.

  • What Bird is That? Facebook LIVE Quiz at 9:30 a.m. – Head over to our Facebook page wall at 9:30 a.m. for a Facebook LIVE quiz with interpretive naturalist Jill Vance. She’ll play the calls of birds commonly heard at Monroe Lake and challenge you to identify them before the answer is revealed.
  • Photo Scavenger Hunt, beginning at 12:30 p.m. – This is a scavenger hunt that you can complete on your own at Monroe Lake, at the state or local park closest to you, or even in your own neighborhood – nature is everywhere. The Photo Scavenger Hunt guide will post on our Facebook page wall at 12:30 p.m. on May 16. Search for the 8 natural items/scenarios listed and take a photo of each one. Send your completed photo set to by no later than 10 p.m. on May 17 to be entered into the prize drawing … We’re giving away a personal 30-minute Zoom meeting with our naturalist and one of our live snakes.
  • Facebook Video Premiere: Painting with Nature Craft Tutorial at 3:30 p.m. – This craft tutorial premieres on our Facebook page wall at 3:30 p.m. It will be available for immediate reviewing on our Videos tab. Join Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist, to explore ways to use leaves as stamps, pine needles as brushes, and bark as a printing block to create unique and fun paintings. Supplies needed: tempera or acrylic paints, sheet of paper, and various natural items that you’ve collected (bark, twigs, pine needles, leaves, rocks, shells, etc.) 


More Upcoming Virtual Programs

Click on the program name to follow the link to the event page … 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 our virtual programming; however, our Facebook page is public, so you can still access videos (after they debut) on the Video tab of our Facebook page, as well as view photos and other posted content.

The following topics and dates are still tentative – keep an eye on our Facebook page for their Event listings to be added as the dates gets 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

Craft Tutorial Videos

Interpretive Program Videos


Jill Vance, C.I.G. Interpretive Naturalist for Monroe Lake


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