Wildflower Foray

wildflowers logoThe 31st Wildflower Foray will be April 22-24, 2016

The Schedule of 2016 Wildflower Foray hikes

2016 Wildflower Species Checklist Version with images (pdf file)

2016 Final Checklist of Flower Found


 Kid's photography workshop practice photographing wildflowersExperience sights and sounds of spring in the southern Indiana forests....30 years of finding spring blooms in Brown County and beyond. Foray founders hit on a winning combination by pairing enjoyable hikes and programs with serious work gathering wildflower data. Knowledgeable guides lead wildflower and bird hikes, boat trips, and hikes exploring local natural areas. Each year, Foray veterans and newcomers share their wisdom and challenge each other to find new species in bloom. Together, they monitor habitat change over time. What doesn’t change is the fun!

Since 1986, Brown County’s Spring Wildflower Foray has grown from one to three days, doubled the number of hikes and programs, and explored new wildflower habitats–in Brown County and beyond.A few things haven’t changed, though. Experienced hike leaders and enthusiastic participants keep on finding flowers and ways to enjoy springtime’s abundant beauty. The count continues...
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blackeyed susansThis year, every nature lover will find something to enjoy during the 30th Wildflower Foray: wildflower and bird walks, a Lake Monroe boat trip, history, owl calling, nature photography, and edible and medicinal plants. Waldrip Cabin on the Hoosier NF

The Saturday evening will be given by Leslie Bishop on native pollinators and preserving species and habitat in  Indiana. During the Wildflower Foray, please visit our Welcome Centers at Locations A and C, for information and refreshments. (see map of locations on page with schedule)

photo of wood poppies

A girl named Emily at the photo workshop.


All programs and hikes are free, but some properties charge a gate fee.

  • Some hikes require pre-registration. Check the description carefully.

  • Hikes are held regardless of weather. In case of thunderstorm or other unsafe conditions, the boat trips may be rescheduled and occasionally a hike has been cancelled for safety reasons.

  • Although our leaders are knowledgeable, field guides are always helpful.

  • Bring drinking water and a sack lunch if you plan to participate in one hike after another.

  • Remember: our parks, nature preserves, reservoirs, wilderness areas, and historic sites are protected. "Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints."

Sponsored by:
  • Brown County Garden Club
  • Douglas Bookkeeping
  • Friends of Brown County State Park
  • Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site
  • Hoosier National Forest
  • Images Botanical
  • Monroe County Parks & Recreation
  • Sassafras Audubon Society
  • South Central Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society (SCINPAWS)
a little girl sits among phecelia and wood poppies.

With Assistance from:

  • Bloomington Parks & Recreation
  • Brown County State Park
  • IDNR, Div of Nature Preserves
  • Monroe Reservoir
  • Sycamore Land Trust
  • T.C. Steele State Historic Site
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Waycross Camp and Conference Center
  • Yellowwood State Forest

Pictures here are from past Wildflower Forays.

US Forest Service's Celebrating Wildflower's Website

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