Outdoor briefs for week of April 5

Grants for children’s gardening available to nonprofits

The George E. Archer Foundation is accepting applications for funding to support children’s gardening programs in south-central Indiana. Grants are available to schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations in Bartholomew, Brown, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties.

Recipients of past grants include the the Brown County YMCA.

Funding can be requested up to $1,000 for each project. Organizations interested in applying for larger grants can submit a letter of inquiry in advance. The Archer Foundation does not fund staff salaries.

For more information and application forms, visit archerfoundation.org.

Great American clean-up slated in April

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful will host a Great American Clean-Up at the Village Green Pavilion at Main and Jefferson streets.

It includes live music and free lunch for volunteers. Participants can register at 9 a.m. to pick up litter, prepare flower beds, plant, paint curbs or receive another assigned job, rain or shine.

Keep Brown County Beautiful focuses on recycling, reducing litter, beautifying and educating, to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of Brown County.

To RSVP for the clean-up, email keepbcb@gmail.com. For more information, call Allison Shoaf at 812-988-2211.

Enter kids’ poster contest by April 7

The Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a poster contest in conjunction with the Great American Clean-Up on April 22.

Brown County children ages 8 to 11 can use crayons and/or markers on the back of a brown paper bag to create posters on the theme, “How I Would Keep Brown County Beautiful.” The child’s name, address and telephone number should be on the back of the poster.

Bring poster entries to the BCSWC district office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds, by 4 p.m. Friday, April 7 to be considered for a prize.

Winners will be notified ahead of time and prizes will be awarded at the GAC event Saturday, April 22. For more information, call Cathy Paradise at 812-327-9617 or Allison Shoaf at 812-988-2211.

Annual Wildflower Foray returning in April

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday, April 28 to 30, T.C. Steele State Historic Site and other Brown County venues will host activities for the 32nd annual Wildflower Foray.

Events include nature hikes, classes and even a boat trip. All programs are free, though some locations charge a gate fee.

Check tcsteele.org/programs and click the “2017 WFF” button on the left sidebar for a complete list of all hikes and full schedule. Some hikes and the boat trip fill up quickly and require pre-registration.

Native plant sale will benefit state park

Friends of Brown County State Park will conduct their annual native plant sale beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, in the shelter next to the park’s Nature Center.

Prices are based on plant species and size. The sale will last until the plants are gone. Proceeds go to support the park.

To learn more, email phaulter@dnr.in.gov or call 812-988-5240.