Wildflower Foray

The 33rd Wildflower Foray will be April 27-29, 2018

2018 Wildflower Foray Hikes

2018 Wildflower Species Checklist 

Reservation Form for Saturday Night Program/Dinner

2018 Final Checklist of Flowers Found



The Sights and Sounds of Spring in Southern Indiana Forests

Kid's photography workshop practice photographing wildflowers

33 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...

blackeyed susansphoto of wood poppiesWaldrip Cabin on the Hoosier NF



Highlights for 2018

This year, every nature lover will find something to enjoy during the 33th Wildflower Foray: wildflower and bird walks, a Lake Monroe boat trip, history, butterfly identification, nature photography, and edible and medicinal plants. 

The Saturday evening program will be presented by award-winning photographer and environmental writer Steven Higgs,  who will also be on hand to sign his latest book, "A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana."


Special Thanks to our Partners and Friends

Our Sponsors:

  • Brown County Garden ClubA girl named Emily at the photo workshop.
  • 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)

With Assistance from:

  • Bloomington Parks & Recreationa little girl sits among phecelia and wood poppies.
  • 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


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