Nature Events in West Central Area

The following is updated info (new or changed) for Native Roots readers, from Joan Mohr Samuels. 

CHANGES to BEE GARDEN Workday Schedule from Mindy Appold:


~ a native plant garden for an education garden to serve Purdue’s

bee population for years to come!

Volunteer with FRIENDS of the PURDUE BEE GARDEN

at 2255 SR 26 (2nd driveway after railroad tracks heading west), West Lafayette

 Construction:        FRI MAY 19th 2-7pm, SAT MAY 20th 9am-5pm, SUN MAY 21st 1-5pm

 Construction/planting: FRI MAY 26th 2-7pm 

 Planting:                    SAT MAY 27th 9am-5pm

 Planting & clean up:    SUN MAY 28th 1-7pm

Bring yourself, garden tools if you have, and join in this swarm of fun.

A great learning opportunity ~ All ages & abilities are welcome!

QUESTIONS:  Mindy Appold,



ADDITIONAL EVENTS / INFO not available when APR-JUN issue was sent out:



SAT MAY 20 9am West Central Beekeepers Meeting at Purdue Beeyard

    Purdue beeyard is located just west of Purdue West shopping center on SR 26 (2255 SR 26).

Dr Hunt and Krispn will fill us in on their latest research, queen projects, and if weather permits, allow us to look in their hives. Jim Taul has arranged for the Indiana Honey queen Frances Garrett to come and talk with us. So bring your lawn chair and your bee suit, maybe a note pad to write down some words of wisdom from Dr Hunt and Krispn and enjoy the morning at Purdue.  

   FOR MORE INFO: Mike Schluttenhofer  765-427-2818,


INDIANA WILDLIFE FEDERATION (IWF) Tree Planting & Trail Certification

FRI JUN 2nd 9:30am Meet on the back deck of the National Institute for Fitness & Sport (250 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202).

    VOLUNTEERS are needed to help IWF kick off their first ever Sustainable Trail Certification by planting some native tree saplings (donated by the National Wildlife Federation) on the Urban Wilderness Trail along the White River in downtown Indianapolis!

     After the tree planting, enjoy a hike in one of the best places in downtown Indy to see wildife.  Volunteers will get to take home a tree for their own yard as a thank you.

    If interested, REGISTER at: or call 317-875-9453.


NICHES Junior Ranger Kick-off Event!

SAT JUN 3rd 1-3pm at Clegg Memorial Garden (1782 N 400 E, Lafayette, IN 47905)

Become a NICHES Land Trust Junior Ranger!

NICHES Junior Ranger program is geared toward children ages 5-12.

Join staff at NICHES headquarters located in Clegg Memorial Garden and obtain your FREE Junior Ranger booklets. Each 16-page booklet has activities to complete to become a NICHES Junior Ranger! After completion, children will receive a certificate of completion

and a NICHES Junior Ranger pin!



DIG IT! Summer Garden Camps for KIDS

Hosted by Karen Mitchell (Tippecanoe Extension) and Brown Street Community Garden

If you are interested in helping, contact Karen Mitchell at

For details & to register a child:


At Brown Street United Methodist Church (905 Brown St, Lafayette, IN 47904)

   JUN 5-8      9:30-11:30am LITTLE SPROUTS  (ages 2-4 with an adult)  COST: $25

   JUN 12-15  9:30am – 2pm BRILLIANT BUDS (ages 5-7)    COST: $45

   JUN 19-22  9:30am – 2pm SUPER STALKS    (ages 8-10)  COST: $45

        MORE INFO:  765-742-1316,

At Tippecanoe Extension office (3150 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN 47905)

   JUN 6, 13, 20, 27  9am-2pm  SUPER STALKS (ages 8-10) COST: $45

        MORE INFO:  765-474-0793,



SAT JUN 10 10am-noon CDT Meet at Kankakee Sands Office: 3294 US 41, Morocco

   Focus will be on removing invasive plants such as sweet clover, Queen Anne’s lace and musk thistle from our prairie plantings to give desirable, native plant species more space to grow.  We will either hand-pull the plant or cut off the above-ground portion of the invasive plant.

   Work is not physically difficult, but will require walking through uneven prairie and bending over frequently.  Be sure to wear a hat and good hiking boots, but other protective gear (goggles, gloves) as well as snacks & water will be provided.    

    RSVP/INFO: Tony Capizzo


NATURE PLAY DAYS FOR KIDS (ages 5-12) JUN 12, 13, 14, & 15 (4-6pm)

Hands of the Future is partnering with WL Parks Dept to host four NATURE PLAY DAYS

 to help children and their families explore West Lafayette’s four major parks.

     The eventbrite links below give details of the program. These events are free,

but please register on eventbrite so enough materials will be available for all who come.

MON JUN 12  4-6pm  “Beach Babies” at Tapawingo Park:

TUES JUN 13  4-6pm  “Pirates of the Bog” at Celery Bog Nature Area:

WED JUN 14  4-6pm  “I Spy…Nature” at Cumberland Park:

THU JUN 15   4-6pm  “Happy at the Hollow” at Happy Hollow Park:

More INFO: Ms. Zonda (Bryant) 765-366-9126,

or Dan Dunten: (765) 775-5172,


FORESTRY & WILDLIFE HABITAT FIELD DAY  for landowners and the general public

   $15 Registration fee ($20 after JUN 15th) includes lunch; PRE-REG required**

THU JUN 22 9am-3pm at Martell Forest & the Purdue Wildlife Area (PWA)

    9:00 am    Program begins in the Wright Center at Martell Forest

              (1007 North 725 West, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906-9431)

              Forest Management, Wildlife Management

     10:50 am   Field Tour at Purdue Wildlife Area

              Asian Bush Honeysuckle Control, Native Grass Planting Management

    12:15 pm  LUNCH at Wright Center

    1:00 pm    Field Tour at Martell Forest

              Forest regeneration and oak management, forest wildlife

              Black walnut and tulip tree plantations

**For AGENDA & to REG:

    More INFO: Angie Garcia-Miller 765-474-9992 x110 or


NICHES ‘Explore the Wildcat’ Summer Camp is Back!

June 26th – June 30th, 2017 Children Ages 11 – 14 (Cost $125)                                                           ‘Explore the Wildcat’ offers campers a chance to connect with and learn about the natural world, create art, make friends, and paddle along the state scenic Wildcat Creek.  Campers will not only have fun exploring outdoors but also develop an array of art skills.


  • Camp will have a dual nature/art focus. Each day campers aged 11 – 14 will explore the Wildcat Creek & native ecosystems along its shores. The end of the week culminates with an art exhibition showcasing the art created by the campers throughout the week. Campers can invite family and friends to the exhibition.
  • Nature activities include:
  • Paddling
  • Wading 
  • Swimming       
  • Macro-invertebrate sampling    
  • Hiking 
  • Group Building


  • Art activities include:
  • Painting
  • Nature Art Projects
  • Drawing
  • Nature Sculptures      
  • Journaling
  • Motion

                Interested in registering for summer camp?


to download the Registration Form

 OR, call our office, 765-423-1605, or email

and we will send you the full registration application and information.



JULY 5, 7, 12 & 14  1-4pm Purdue University, West Lafayette

   A series of free hands-on, laboratory-based activities to isolate and identify bacteria and fungi associated with soil and plants in Tippecanoe County-area community gardens.

   Presented by Dr. Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi (Professor of Plant Biology & Plant Pathology) and Mr. John Cavaletto (Senior Teaching Coordinator – studies of leaf-associated fungi)

    If interested or want more info, contact or with your name and garden location.  Or call 765-494-1443 or 765-494-6474.

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